Unit Swim Classification Record Revised July 2019
Swim Classification Procedures
The swim classification of individuals participating in a Boy Scouts of America activity is a key
element in both Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat plans. The swim classification tests should
be renewed annually, preferably at the beginning of each outdoor season. Traditionally, the swim
classification test has only been conducted at summer camp. However, there is no restriction that
this be the only place the test can be conducted.
All Sea Base adventures require that this swim classification be completed prior to arrival.
As indicated by Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense plans, all persons participating in all swimming and boating
activities are required to be “swimmers”.
• Jump Feetfirst into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming.
• Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke,
breaststroke, trudgen or front crawl.
• Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
• The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn.
• After completing the swim test, rest by floating.
The swim classification test done at a unit level should be conducted by one of the following
resource people: Aquatics Instructor, BSA; Aquatics Cub Supervisor; BSA Lifeguard; certified
lifeguard; swimming instructor; or swim coach.
NOTE: You may use a council approved unit swim classification list instead of this form. Please
be sure to copy it for each crew, write the crew number on each sheet and indicate the persons on
the record that are in that particular crew. The person conducting the swim classification test must
meet the standards listed above.