Swimming Badge 5

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Attend Swimming Pool and complete Swimming Stage Badge 5


Shorts and T-shirts for stage 3


Complete the following:

1 Safety
Know the safety rules and where it is safe to swim locally.

Explain the rules covering swimming for Scouts.

2 Enter pool
Demonstrate a racing dive into at least 1.5 metres of water and a straddle jump into at least two meters of water.

3 Short swim
Swim 100 metres in shirt and shorts. On completion, remove the additional clothes and climb out of the pool unaided. Time limit three minutes.

4 Tread water
Tread water for five minutes, for three of which one arm must be held clear of the water.

5 Water skills
Scull on your back, head first for ten metres then feet first for ten metres. Move into a tuck position and keeping your head out of the water, turn 360 degrees.

Swim ten metres, perform a somersault without touching the side of the pool and continue to swim in the same direction for a further ten metres.

Demonstrate the Heat Escape Lessening Posture.

Demonstrate a surface dive, both head and feet first into 1.5 metres of water.

6 Distance swimming
Swim 1000 metres using any three recognised strokes for a minimum distance of 200 metres per stroke. This swim must be completed in 35 minutes.

7 Swimming activity
Take part in an organised swimming activity, since gaining your previous swimming badge.


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Badge Links

  • Swimming - Activity
  • Swimming - Clothed swim
  • Swimming - Enter pool
  • Swimming - Long swim
  • Swimming - Safety
  • Swimming - Skills
  • Swimming - Tread water