The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.
Water Sports Merit Badge
Water sports are a fun and exhilarating way to enjoy being outdoors while developing strength, coordination, and fitness. By developing experience with water sports and practicing good judgment, Scouts will gain skills that will serve them well for a lifetime and have extreme fun while they do.
Printable helps for requirements:
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.
Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.
To complete the requirements for the National Outdoor Award Adventure Segment, a Scout or Venturer must be a proficient swimmer, have some lifesaving skills, complete the mile swim, and spend some time enjoying aquatics adventures such as swimming, paddling, fishing, or scuba diving.