Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1909 (November) Scout "Headquarters Gazette" - Swimming Badge
"Swim fifty yards in uniform, practise life saving in the water."
1912 Handbook - Swimmer

Unless certified unfit by doctor - 
Swim fifty yards in clothes, skirt and boots.
Demonstrate diving, artificial respiration, flinging a life-line, flinging a lifebuoy, saving the drowning.
1920 (March) Girl Guide Badges and How to Win Them 1st edition - Swimmer Badge

Swim 200 yards showing ability to swim on breast, side and back.
Swim 50 yards in clothes, including skirt and boots.
Demonstrate:
a) Artificial respiration.
b) Diving, either from a height or from the surface of the water.
c) Two methods of rescuing the drowning.
Be able to put on a life-buoy in the water.

1921 POR - Swimmer Badge


Swim 200 yards, showing ability to swim on breast, side and back; 100 yards for Guides under 13.

Swim 50 yards in clothes, including skirt and boots.

Demonstrate: 

a) artificial respiration.

b) Diving, either from a height or from the surface of the water.

c) Two methods of rescuing the drowning.

Be able to put on a life-buoy in the water, and throw a life-line.

1924 POR - Swimmer Badge


Swim 100 yards, showing ability to swim on breast, side and back; 75 yards for Guides under 13.

Swim 25 yards in clothes, including skirt and boots.

Demonstrate: 

a) Artificial respiration

b) Diving, either from a height or from the surface of the water.

c) Two methods of release and rescuing the drowning, and explain subsequent treatment of patient.

Be able to put on a lifebuoy in the water, OR throw a life-line (This latter may be done on shore.)

1925 Girl Guide Badges and How to Win Them 8th edition - Swimmer Badge

Swim 100 yards showing ability to swim on breast, side and back.  75 yards for Guides under 13.
Swim 25 yards in clothes, including skirt and boots.
Demonstrate: 
1) Artificial respiration
2) Diving, either from a height or from the surface of the water.
3) Two methods of release and rescuing the drowning, and explain subsequent treatment of patient.
Be able to put on a life-buoy in the water or throw a life-line.  (This latter may be done on shore.)
1927 (July) - Hints on Girl Guide Badges - 10th edition - Swimmer's Badge

Swim 100 yards, showing ability to swim on breast, side and back.  75 Yards for Guides under 13.
Swim 25 yards in clothes, including skirt and boots.
Demonstrate: 
1) Artificial Respiration.
2) Diving, either from a height or from the surface of the water.
3) Two methods of release and rescuing the drowning and explain subsequent treatment of patient.
Be able to put on a life-buoy in the water and throw a life-line.  (This latter may be done on shore.)
1929 (July) - Hints on Girl Guide Badges 12th edition - Swimmer Badge

Swim 100 yards, showing ability to swim on breast, side and back.  75 Yards for Guides under 13.
Swim 25 yards in clothes, including skirt and boots.
Demonstrate: 
1) Artificial Respiration.
2) Diving, either from a height or from the surface of the water.
3) Two methods of release and rescuing the drowning and explain subsequent treatment of patient.
Be able to put on a life-buoy in the water and throw a life-line.  (This latter may be done on shore.)

1930 POR - Swimmer Badge


Swim 100 yards, showing ability to swim on breast, side and back; 75 yards for Guides under 13.

Swim 25 yards in clothes, including skirt and boots.

Demonstrate: 

a) Artificial respiration

b) Diving, either from a height or from the surface of the water.

c) Two methods of release and rescuing the drowning, and explain subsequent treatment of patient (One to be demonstrated in clothes.).

Be able to put on a lifebuoy in the water, and throw a life-line (This latter may be done on shore.)

1931 POR - Swimmer Badge


Swim 100 yards, showing ability to swim on breast, side and back; 75 yards for Guides under 13.

Swim 25 yards in clothes, including skirt and shoes.

Demonstrate: 

a) Artificial respiration

b) Diving, either from a height or from the surface of the water.

c) Two methods of release and rescuing the drowning, and explain subsequent treatment of patient. (One to be demonstrated in clothes.).

Be able to put on a lifebuoy in the water, and throw a life-line (This latter may be done on shore.)

1932 POR - Swimmer Badge


1) Swim 50 yards good breast stroke.

2) Swim 25 yards good side stroke, trudgeon or crawl.

3) Swim 25 yards good back stroke (without any use of arms).

4) Be able to swim 25 yards in 30 seconds; any stroke.  (this can be examined under headings 1 and 2).

5) Swim 25 yards in clothes, blouse and skirt or dress, knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.

6) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than five feet.

7) Be able to dive.

8) Float motionless for 20 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.  One minute rest should be allowed in between each item.

1933 Hints on Girl Guide Badges - 15th Edition - Swimmer Badge

1) Swim 50 yards good breast stroke.
2) Swim 25 yards good side stroke, trudgeon, or crawl.
3) Swim 25 yards good back stroke (without use of arms).
4) Be able to swim 25 yards in 30 seconds; any stroke.  (This can be examined under headings 1 and 2.)
5) Swim 25 yards in clothes, blouse and skirt or dress, knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.
6) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than five feet.
7) Be able to dive.
8) Float motionless for 20 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.  One minute rest should be allowed in between each item.

1935 POR - Swimmer Badge


1) Swim 50 yards good breast stroke.

2) Swim 25 yards good side stroke, trudgeon or crawl.

3) Swim 25 yards good back stroke (without any use of arms).

4) Be able to swim 25 yards in 30 seconds; any stroke.  (this can be examined under headings 1 and 2).

5) Swim 25 yards in clothes, blouse and skirt or dress, knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.

6) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than five feet and carry it to the side, swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.

7) Be able to dive.

8) Float motionless for 20 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.  One minute rest should be allowed in between each item.

9) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used).

1938 POR - Swimmer Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order.  The candidate should have the option of one minute's rest between each item.

1) Be able to throw a life line.

2) Swim 25 yards in clothes (consisting of the following worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress, knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened).  At the end of the swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing the clothes.

3) Swim 25 yards by one of the following strokes: a) side stroke, b) overarm side stroke, c) trudgeon, d) crawl.  this to be done in good style and within 30 seconds.

4) Swim 50 yards, good breast stroke.

5) Swim 25 yards, good back stroke (without use of arms, which should be folded).

6) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up by means of a proper surface dive, with both hands.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed.  Should the candidate fail at the first attempt she should do it successfully upon the next two attempts.

7) Dive neatly from a height of at least 3 feet.  (The feet and legs should be together and in a straight line with the arms and body.)

8) Be able to float motionless for 90 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.

9) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

1938 Edition - Sea Sense (Sea Ranger Handbook) - this badge is available embroidered in blue, for Sea Rangers.

1939 POR - Swimmer Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order.  The candidate should have the option of one minute's rest between each item.

1) Throw a lifeline to reach a person 20 yards away.

2) Swim 25 yards in clothes (consisting of the following worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress, knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened).  At the end of the swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing the clothes.

3) Swim 25 yards by one of the following strokes: a) side stroke, b) overarm side stroke, c) trudgeon, d) crawl.  this to be done in good style and within 30 seconds.

4) Swim 50 yards, good breast stroke.

5) Swim 25 yards, good back stroke (without use of arms, which should be folded).

6) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up by means of a proper surface dive, with both hands.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed.  Should the candidate fail at the first attempt she should do it successfully upon the next two attempts.

7) Dive neatly from a height of at least 3 feet.  (The feet and legs should be together and in a straight line with the arms and body.)

8) Float motionless for 90 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.

9) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

1942 (November) POR - Swimmer Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order.  The candidate should have the option of one minute's rest between each item.

1) Throw a life line to reach a person 15 yards away with regularity.

2) Swim 25 yards in clothes (consisting of the following worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened).  At the end of the swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

3) Swim 25 yards by crawl.  This to be done in good style and within 25 seconds.

4) Swim 50 yards, good breast stroke.

5) Swim 25 yards, good back stroke, with folded arms.

6) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up with both hands by means of a proper surface dive.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed

7) Dive neatly from a height of at least 3 feet.  (The feet and legs should be together and in a straight line with the arms and body.)

8) Float motionless for 20 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.

9) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

1943 POR - Swimmer Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order.  The candidate should have the option of one minute's rest between each item.

1) Throw a life line to reach a person 15 yards away with regularity.

2) Swim 25 yards in clothes (consisting of the following worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened).  At the end of the swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

3) Swim 25 yards by crawl.  This to be done in good style and within 25 seconds.

4) Swim 50 yards, good breast stroke.

5) Swim 25 yards, good back stroke, with folded arms.

6) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up with both hands by means of a proper surface dive.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed

7) Dive neatly from a height of at least 3 feet.  (The feet and legs should be together and in a straight line with the arms and body.)

8) Float motionless for 20 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.

9) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

1947 POR - Swimmer Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order.  The candidate should have the option of one minute's rest between each item.

1) Throw a life line to reach a person 15 yards away with regularity.

2) Swim 25 yards in clothes (consisting of the following worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened).  At the end of the swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

3) Swim 25 yards by crawl.  This to be done in good style and within 25 seconds.

4) Swim 50 yards, good breast stroke.

5) Swim 25 yards, good back stroke, with folded arms.

6) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up with both hands by means of a proper surface dive.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed

7) Dive neatly from a height of at least 3 feet.  (The feet and legs should be together and in a straight line with the arms and body.)

8) Float motionless for 20 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.

9) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

1950 POR - Swimmer Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order.  The candidate should have the option of one minute's rest between each item.

1) Swim 25 yards in clothes (consisting of the following worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened).  At the end of the swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

2) Swim 25 yards by crawl.  This to be done in good style and within 25 seconds.

3) Swim 50 yards, good breast stroke.

4) Swim 25 yards, good back stroke, with folded arms.

5) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up with both hands by means of a proper surface dive.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed

6) Dive neatly from a height of at least 3 feet.  (The feet and legs should be together and in a straight line with the arms and body.)

7) Float motionless for 20 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

1953 POR - Swimmer Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order.  The candidate should have the option of one minute's rest between each item.

1) Swim 25 yards in clothes (consisting of the following worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened).  At the end of the swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

2) Swim 25 yards by crawl.  This to be done in good style and within 25 seconds.

3) Swim 50 yards, good breast stroke.

4) Swim 25 yards, good back stroke, with folded arms.

5) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up with both hands by means of a proper surface dive.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed

6) Dive neatly from a height of at least 3 feet.  (The feet and legs should be together and in a straight line with the arms and body.)

7) Float motionless for 20 seconds, not necessarily horizontally.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

1957 POR - Swimmer Badge


The test is to be carried out in the order laid down; the candidate having the option of one minute's rest after each item.

1) Swim 25 yds. in clothes.

Note: The clothing must be similar to that normally worn; must be properly fastened and consist of: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers; stockings; and rubber shoes.  It may be worn over a bathing dress.

After this clause the candidate may leave the water to remove the clothes.

2) Swim 25 yds. by crawl within 25 seconds.

3) Swim 50 yds. by breast stroke.

4) Swim 25 yds. by back stroke, arms folded.

5) By means of a surface dive and using both hands pick up a brick from a depth of at least 5 ft.; swimming on the back and holding it with both hands carry it ashore a distance of not less than 10 yds.  If the candidate fails to retrieve the brick the first time, she must do so twice successfully.

6) Dive from a height of at least 3 ft.

7) Float motionless for 20 seconds (not necessarily horizontally).

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water.  (An inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available.)

Note: Swimming and diving are to be judged on style.

1960 POR - Swimmer Badge


The test is to be carried out in the order laid down; the candidate having the option of one minute's rest after each item.

1) Swim 25 yds. in clothes.

Note: The clothing must be similar to that normally worn; must be properly fastened and consist of: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers; stockings; and rubber shoes.  It may be worn over a bathing dress.

After this clause the candidate may leave the water to remove the clothes.

2) Swim 25 yds. by crawl within 25 seconds.

3) Swim 50 yds. by breast stroke.

4) Swim 25 yds. by back stroke, arms folded.

5) By means of a surface dive and using both hands pick up a brick from a depth of at least 5 ft.; swimming on the back and holding it with both hands carry it ashore a distance of not less than 10 yds.  If the candidate fails to retrieve the brick the first time, she must do so twice successfully.

6) Dive from a height of at least 3 ft.

7) Float motionless for 20 seconds (not necessarily horizontally).

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water.  (An inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available.)

Note: Swimming and diving are to be judged on style.

1960 POR - Swimmer Badge


The test is to be carried out in the order laid down; the candidate having the option of one minute's rest after each item.

1) Swim 25 yds. in clothes.

Note: The clothing must be similar to that normally worn; must be properly fastened and consist of: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers; stockings; and rubber shoes.  It may be worn over a bathing dress.

After this clause the candidate may leave the water to remove the clothes.

2) Swim 25 yds. by crawl within 25 seconds.

3) Swim 50 yds. by breast stroke.

4) Swim 25 yds. by back stroke, arms folded.

5) By means of a surface dive and using both hands pick up a brick from a depth of at least 5 ft.; swimming on the back and holding it with both hands carry it ashore a distance of not less than 10 yds.  If the candidate fails to retrieve the brick the first time, she must do so twice successfully.

6) Dive from a height of at least 3 ft.

7) Float motionless for 20 seconds (not necessarily horizontally).

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water.  (An inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available.)

Note: Swimming and diving are to be judged on style.

1964 (March) POR - Swimmer Badge


The test is to be carried out in the order laid down; the candidate having the option of one minute's rest after each item.

1) Swim 25 yds. in clothes.

Note: The clothing must be similar to that normally worn; must be properly fastened and consist of: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers; stockings; and rubber shoes.  It may be worn over a bathing dress.

After this clause the candidate may leave the water to remove the clothes.

2) Swim 25 yds. by crawl within 25 seconds.

3) Swim 50 yds. by breast stroke.

4) Swim 25 yds. by back stroke, arms folded.

5) By means of a surface dive and using both hands pick up a brick from a depth of at least 5 ft.; swimming on the back and holding it with both hands carry it ashore a distance of not less than 10 yds.  If the candidate fails to retrieve the brick the first time, she must do so twice successfully.

6) Dive from a height of at least 3 ft.

7) Float motionless for 20 seconds (not necessarily horizontally).

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water.  (An inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available.)

Note: Swimming and diving are to be judged on style.

1965 (July) POR - Swimmer Badge


1) Swim 50 yards by crawl in 55 seconds.

2) Swim 50 yards breast stroke.

3) Swim 50 yards by life-saving back stroke.

4) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 7 feet (or the nearest depth available below that figure but not less than 5 feet) an object 5-10 lb and bring it to land.  If you fail at your first attempt, the test must be repeated three times and be successfully completed on each occasion.

5) Dive from a height of at least 3 feet.

6) Float motionless for at least 30 seconds (not necessarily horizontally)

Note: Swimming and diving are to be judged on style.

1968 Guide Handbook - Swimmer Badge


1) Swim 50 yards by crawl in 55 seconds.

2) Swim 50 yards breast stroke.

3) Swim 50 yards by life-saving back stroke.

4) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 7 feet (or the nearest depth available below that figure but not less than 5 feet) an object 5-10 lb and bring it to land.  If you fail at your first attempt, the test must be repeated three times and be successfully completed on each occasion.

5) Dive from a height of at least 3 feet.

6) Float motionless for at least 30 seconds (not necessarily horizontally), or tread water for 2 minutes in a vertical position with hands clasped behind the back.

Note: Swimming and diving are to be judged on style.

1973 Guide Handbook - Swimmer Badge


1) Swim 50 yds (50m) by crawl.

2) Swim 50 yds (50m) breast stroke.

3) Swim 50 yds (50m) by back crawl.

4) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom to a depth of 7 ft (2m) (or the nearest depth available below that figure but not less than 5 ft (1.5m)) an object 5-10 lb and bring it to land.  If you fail at your first attempt, the test must be repeated three times and be successfully completed on each occasion.

5) Dive from a height of at least 3 ft. (1 m).

Where there are no facilities for diving the District Commissioner may give permission for the following clause to be substituted:

Plunge 10 yds (10 m) in one minute or under.

Note: A plunge is a standing dive made head first from a firm take off (i.e. side of bath).  The body must be kept motionless, face downwards and no progressive action shall be imparted to it other than the impetus of the dive.

6) Float motionless for at least 30 seconds (not necessarily horizontally), or tread water for 2 minutes in a vertical position with hands clasped behind the back.

Note: i) Swimming and diving will be judged on style.

ii) The tester must be qualified in this activity.

1978 Guide Handbook - Swimmer Badge


1) Swim 50 yds (50m) by crawl.

2) Swim 50 yds (50m) breast stroke.

3) Swim 50 yds (50m) by back crawl.

4) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 2 metres (or the nearest depth available below that figure but not less than 1.5m) an object 5-10 lb and bring it to land.  If you fail at your first attempt, the test must be repeated three times and be successfully completed on each occasion.

5) Dive from a height of at least 1 metre.

Where there are no facilities for diving the District Commissioner may give permission for the following clause to be substituted:

Plunge 10 metres in one minute or under.

Note: A plunge is a standing dive made head first from a firm take off (i.e. side of bath).  The body must be kept motionless, face downwards and no progressive action shall be imparted to it other than the impetus of the dive.

6) Float motionless for at least 30 seconds (not necessarily horizontally), or tread water for 90 seconds in a vertical position with hands clasped behind the back for 30 seconds of the time.

Note: i) Swimming and diving will be judged on style.

ii) The tester must be qualified in this activity.

1983 Guide Badge Book - not listed.

1987 (September) Guiding magazine - Guide Swimmer badge re-introduced.

1987 Guide Badge Book Amendments - Swimmer Badge


Pass Section I and ONE other section.

I WATER SAFETY

1) Know and understand the Blue Code and answer five questions on how to prevent accidents in or near water.

2) Show the following reaching rescues with and without an assistant:

a) With an article of clothing.

b) With a stick or pole.

3) Show the following rescues: 

a) 10 metres with an unweighted rope.

b) 10 metres with a ball, ring or other buoyant aid.

4) Explain how you would ensure your own safety when carrying out a reaching or throwing rescue.

II COMPETITIVE SWIMMING

I) Take part in competitions on behalf of your club or school and produce evidence of improved times in your chosen events.

2) Demonstrate a racing start, turn and finish for two of the following strokes:

a) Back crawl.

b) Breast stroke.

c) Butterfly.

d) Front crawl.

3) Know the national Swimming Laws in so far as they relate to starts, turns and finishes for the above strokes in competition.

III SURVIVAL SWIMMING

1) Pass the Amateur Swimming Association Level I Award or Proficiency in Personal Survival.

Clothed as for the above:

2) Perform the Huddle position with at least two other people similarly clothed.

3) Tread water for two minutes whilst waving one arm.

4) Perform a head first and a feet first surface dive to swim through a weighted hoop on the pool floor at a depth of 1.5 metres each time.

IV SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING

1) Attend a club or classes and show evidence of improvement in synchronized swimming.

2) Perform two synchro-strokes over 20 metres each and tread water with an eggbeater leg kick.

3) On your back scull head first for 10 metres and then return feet first; in canoe position travel 10 metres.

4) Perform a head first entry surfacing to back layout for five seconds and a feet first entry surfacing to front layout for five seconds.

5) Perform four of the following figures proficiently:

a) Oyster from back layout.

b) Tub rotation 180 degrees starting and finishing in back layout.

c) Somersault back tuck starting and finishing in back layout.

d) somersault front tuck starting and finishing in back layout.

e) Somersault front pike starting and finishing in front layout.

f) Log roll starting and finishing in back layout.

V DIVING

1) Attend a Diving Club or have regular diving tuition.

2) Perform a forward roll or a pike roll from the poolside.

3) Perform a head first surface dive in water at least 1.5 metres deep, followed by two consecutive tuck somersaults beneath the surface of the water.

4) Perform a Plain Header and two other dives chosen from:

a) Forward dive piked.

b) Forward dive tucked.

c) Back dive.

d) Inward dive tucked.

These dives may be from any height board normally used by you.

VI RECREATIONAL SWIMMING

1) Swim regularly and keep a log book of distances swim over a period of three months.

2) Perform two swims, one of 400 metres and one of 200 metres one of the swims to be on your front and the other on your back.  You may choose the stroke.

3) Scull head or feet first for 10 metres on your back.

4) Perform a forwards or backwards somersault or a handstand held for four seconds.

5) Tread water for three minutes during which time your hands should be on your hips for at least one minute.

6) Swim 20 metres on your front propelling a ball.  The ball should not be held but should be kept in close contact throughout the swim.

Note: Flotation aids may be used if you have a disability.

You may gain and wear another Swimmer badge by retaking the Water Safety section and passing a further section.

The testers should be qualified Amateur Swimming Association or Swimming Teachers Assocation teachers or examiners in the relevant skills, for sections II to VI and an adult holder of the Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion or a Royal Life Saving Society Lifesaving Instructor for section I.

1989 Guide Badge Book Amendments - Swimmer Badge


Pass Section I and ONE other section.

I WATER SAFETY

1) Know and understand the Blue Code and answer five questions on how to prevent accidents in or near water.

2) Show the following reaching rescues with and without an assistant:

a) With an article of clothing.

b) With a stick or pole.

3) Show the following rescues: 

a) 10 metres with an unweighted rope.

b) 10 metres with a ball, ring or other buoyant aid.

4) Explain how you would ensure your own safety when carrying out a reaching or throwing rescue.

II COMPETITIVE SWIMMING

I) Take part in competitions on behalf of your club or school and produce evidence of improved times in your chosen events.

2) Demonstrate a racing start, turn and finish for two of the following strokes:

a) Back crawl.

b) Breast stroke.

c) Butterfly.

d) Front crawl.

3) Know the national Swimming Laws in so far as they relate to starts, turns and finishes for the above strokes in competition.

III SURVIVAL SWIMMING

1) Pass the Amateur Swimming Association Level I Award or Proficiency in Personal Survival.

Clothed as for the above:

2) Perform the Huddle position with at least two other people similarly clothed.

3) Tread water for two minutes whilst waving one arm.

4) Perform a head first and a feet first surface dive to swim through a weighted hoop on the pool floor at a depth of 1.5 metres each time.

IV SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING

1) Attend a club or classes and show evidence of improvement in synchronised swimming.

2) Perform two synchro-strokes over 20 metres each and tread water with an eggbeater leg kick.

3) On your back scull head first for 10 metres and then return feet first; in canoe position travel 10 metres.

4) Perform a head first entry surfacing to back layout for five seconds and a feet first entry surfacing to front layout for five seconds.

5) Perform four of the following figures proficiently:

a) Oyster from back layout.

b) Tub rotation 180 degrees starting and finishing in back layout.

c) Somersault back tuck starting and finishing in back layout.

d) somersault front tuck starting and finishing in back layout.

e) Somersault front pike starting and finishing in front layout.

f) Log roll starting and finishing in back layout.

V DIVING

1) Attend a Diving Club or have regular diving tuition.

2) Perform a forward roll or a pike roll from the poolside.

3) Perform a head first surface dive in water at least 1.5 metres deep, followed by two consecutive tuck somersaults beneath the surface of the water.

4) Perform a Plain Header and two other dives chosen from:

a) Forward dive piked.

b) Forward dive tucked.

c) Back dive.

d) Inward dive tucked.

These dives may be from any height board normally used by you.

VI RECREATIONAL SWIMMING

1) Swim regularly and keep a log book of distances swum over a period of three months.

2) Perform two swims, one of 400 metres and one of 200 metres; one of the swims to be on your front and the other on your back.  You may choose the stroke.

3) Scull head or feet first for 10 metres on your back.

4) Perform a forwards or backwards somersault or a handstand held for four seconds.

5) Tread water for three minutes during which time your hands should be on your hips for at least one minute.

6) Swim 20 metres on your front propelling a ball.  The ball should not be held but should be kept in close contact throughout the swim.

Note: Flotation aids may be used if you have a disability.

You may gain and wear another Swimmer badge by retaking the Water Safety section and passing a further section.

The testers should be qualified Amateur Swimming Association or Swimming Teachers Assocation teachers or examiners in the relevant skills, for sections II to VI and an adult holder of the Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion or a Royal Life Saving Society Lifesaving Instructor for section I.

1991 Guide Badge Book - Swimmer Badge


Pass Section I and ONE other section.

I WATER SAFETY

1) Know and understand the current RLSS Water Safety Code and answer five questions on how to prevent accidents in or near water.

2) This clause refers to the pool where you usually swim:

a) know how the depth of the water varies

b) know what rescue aids are available at the pool

c) know the location of the emergency exits.

3) a) outline the main safety rules to be observed when going to a swimming pool

b) know what special precautions should be taken when using any of the equipment available at your pool, for example arm bands, bricks, large floating mats and inflatables.

4) Understand the dangers of swimming in open water as opposed to a swimming pool.

Note: If you regularly swim in the sea clause 2, point 3 should be replaced with questions on local conditions such as tides and currents.

II COMPETITIVE SWIMMING

I) Take part in competitions on behalf of your club or school and produce evidence of improved times in your chosen events.

2) Demonstrate a racing start, turn and finish for two of the following strokes:

a) Back crawl.

b) Breast stroke.

c) Butterfly.

d) Front crawl.

3) Know the national Swimming Laws relating to starts, turns and finishes for the above strokes in competition.

III SURVIVAL SWIMMING

Either

1) Pass the Amateur Swimming Association Level I Award of Proficiency in Personal Survival with the addition of waving one arm in the reading water clause.

Clothed as for the above:

2) Perform the Huddle position with at least two other people similarly clothed.

3) Perform a head first and a feet first surface dive to swim through a weight hoop on the pool floor at a depth of 1.5 metres each time.

or

Pass the ASA Level II Award of Proficiency in Personal Survival and Clause 3.

IV SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING

1) Attend a club or classes and show evidence of improvement in synchronised swimming.

2) Perform two synchro-strokes over 20 metres each.  Demonstrate an eggbeater leg kick.

3) On your back scull head first for 10 metres and scull back feet first; then travel 10 metres in canoe position.

4) Perform a head first entry surfacing to back layout for five seconds.  Perform a feet first entry surfacing to front layout for five seconds.

5) Perform four of the following figures proficiently:

a) Oyster back layout.

b) Tub rotating 180 degrees starting and finishing in back layout.

c) Somersault back tuck starting and finishing in back layout.

d) somersault front tuck starting and finishing in front layout.

e) Somersault front pike starting and finishing in front layout.

f) Log roll starting and finishing in back layout.

V DIVING

1) Attend a Diving Club or have regular diving tuition.

2) Perform a forward roll or a pike roll from the poolside.

3) Perform a head first surface dive in water at least 1.5 metres deep, followed by two consecutive tuck somersaults beneath the surface of the water.

4) Perform a Plain Header and two other dives chosen from:

a) Forward dive piked.

b) Forward dive tucked.

c) Back dive.

d) Inward dive tucked.

These dives may be from a board normally used by you.

These practices are to take place in specified diving areas observing the ASA recommended minimum depths.

VI RECREATIONAL SWIMMING

1) Swim regularly and keep a log book of distances swum over a period of three months.

2) Perform two swims, one of 400 metres and one of 200 metres; one of the swims to be on your front and the other on your back.  You may choose the stroke.

3) Scull head or feet first for 10 metres on your back.

4) Standing in water chest deep perform a forwards or backwards somersault or a handstand held for four seconds.

5) Tread water for three minutes during which time your hands should be on your hips for at least one minute.

6) Swim 20 metres on your front propelling a ball.  The ball should not be held but should be kept in close contact throughout the swim.

Note: Flotation aids may be used if you have a disability.

You may gain and wear another Swimmer badge by retaking the Water Safety section and passing a further section.

The testers should be qualified Amateur Swimming Association or Swimming Teachers Assocation teachers or examiners in the relevant skills, for sections II to VI and an adult holder of the Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion or a Royal Life Saving Society Lifesaving Instructor for section I.

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