BSA Swim Classifications

Campers are swim tested every Monday to determine their swim ability prior to participating in any aquatics activities at camp.  Their ability to meet the BSA classifications will determine if younger campers can swim in the deep area of the pond, or go on the Aquaslide.  Older campers are required to pass the Swimmer Classification to participate in watercraft activities like Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayaking, or Small Boat Sailing.

Swim Test & Classifications

All camp participants, volunteers and staff are designated as swimmers, beginners, or non-swimmers based on swimming ability confirmed by standardized Boy Scouts of America swim classification tests. Each group is assigned a specific swimming area with depths consistent with those abilities. The classification tests must be renewed annually. 

Swimmers pass this test: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating. 

Beginners pass this test: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, and swim 25 feet on the surface. Stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, and return to the starting place. 

 Anyone who has not completed either the beginner or swimmer tests is classified as a non-swimmer

 The non-swimmer area is no more than waist deep and is enclosed by physical boundaries. The enclosed beginner area contains water of standing depth and parts extend to depths just over the head. The swimmer area is up to 12 feet in depth and is defined by floats or other markers. 

Campers who do not meet a desired swim classification can ask to retake the test at any time. 


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