Swim Checks

All units will take a BSA swim classification test upon arrival to camp. Units who have completed swim checks within 6 months before arriving at camp can bypass this step and streamline their Sunday Check-in by using form RKSR-C to record the swimming ability for each Scout and adult leader in advance. The form can be submitted online before coming to camp (see below), or can be physically delivered to the Aquatics Director during check-in.

Swim checks must be properly administered using the procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting and Aquatics Supervision (No. 34346) and authorized by one of the following people (copy of training card or certificate required):

  1. A unit leader trained in Safe Swim Defense
  2. A unit leader trained in Aquatics Supervision: Swimming and Water Rescue
  3. A BSA Lifeguard
  4. A BSA Aquatics Instructor

The three swim classifications recognized by the BSA are Swimmers, Beginners, and Nonswimmers.

Swimmers must pass this test: Jump feetfirst 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 must pass this test: Jump feetfirst 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.

Nonswimmers: Anyone who has not completed either the beginner or swimmer tests is classified as a nonswimmer.

All aquatics activities at Camp Raven Knob take place in Lake Sobotta, which has very different characteristics from a pool. The aquatics staff reserves the right to re-test any Scout, leader, or unit at any time.

File Name Description
RKSR C (Swim Check Form) Download and fill out this form if completing Swim Checks prior to your arrival at camp. Download