To be allowed into the water during any official Scouting function, it’s required that every scout pass the BSA Swimmer’s test.
A scout can select which test they’d like to attempt. Typically, after completing their chosen test, the Beginners will only be allowed in the shallow areas of the pool, while Swimmers will be able to swim where they please.
Tips For Scouts
- Don’t get too excited: Strong swimmers sometimes fail the BSA swim test because they take off too quickly and tire themselves out right away. Take your time and breathe.
- Practice and plan: If possible, practice each stroke for a few minutes before taking the swim test. Going in with a game plan will make completing the test so much easier.
- Goggles: If you’re nervous, goggles will make this test much, much easier. Even if you need to borrow someone else’s pair, goggles will be a tremendous help if you’re not 100% confident in your swimming abilities.
- Push off correctly: When making the sharp turns at the end of the pool, be sure to give yourself time to glide in the water. This will save you energy and shorten the distance you’ll need to swim.
- Use breaststroke: The breaststroke is the easiest stroke to swim 75 yards with. The front crawl (freestyle) will usually be the most difficult.
Info Provided By a 2014 Eagle Scout: Cole - Full article - Your Ultimate Guide To The BSA Swim Test - ScoutSmarts