The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.
Second Class Aquatics Requirements
Since I am focusing on an aquatics theme this month, I thought I’d post about water rescue methods. These are methods used to rescue someone who is in trouble in the water. You will see these methods throughout the BSA programs from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA to Venturing.
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.
Here is a game to go with an aquatic theme. It can be used at your pack pool party or at a meeting focused on swimming skills.
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Safety troop program feature for August 2012. This program feature offers the opportunity to introduce kids to safety programs in a troop setting.
The most familiar application of skill level limits is the swim tests which are administered at summer camp. But there are other examples as well.