Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Recreation/Swimming - Advanced

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Swimming - Advanced
General Conference

Recreation

Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 1961


Earning this honor meets a requirement for:


Receive the American Red Cross Level VII Advanced Skills or YMCA certificate or equivalent in Advanced Swimming OR pass the following requirements.:



While it is not required that you have a professional teach you (or your kids) to swim, it is highly advisable. Check with your local pool (a local college, or YMCA for example) to see what kind of swimming courses are offered. If you are unsure where your nearest American Red Cross (ARC), or YMCA is, then check online at: Red Cross (in the middle near the top there is a place to enter your zip code so that you can locate your locale ARC chapter); or YMCA (there is a box off to the left that will allow you to enter your zip code). If you choose to not have a professional teach you, you will find the requirements below.

We can't teach you advanced swimming in an honor answer book - you are going to need hands on instruction.

1. Swim a coordinated and effective stroke continuously for the following strokes and distances:

a. Elementary backstroke for 50 yards (45.7 meters)

b. Breastroke for 100 yards (91.4 meters)

c. Inverted breaststroke for 50 yards (45.7 meters)

d. Sidestroke for 100 yards 91.4 meters)

e. Overarm sidestroke for 100 yards (91.4 meters)

f. Tudgen stroke for 50 yards (45.7 meters)

g. Back crawl for 100 yards (91.4 meters)

h. Crawl for 100 yards (91.4 meters)

2. Do the following dives in good form:

a. Standing front dive

b. Running front dive

c. Pike surface dive

d. Tuck surface dive

3. Do a survival float for ten minutes while fully clothed .

4. Do a survival stroke for ten minutes while fully clothed.

5. Do a surface dive and swim underwater for ten yards.

6. Swim continuously for 30 minutes using one or more styles of swimming. Hanging onto the sides (resting) or touching the bottom with the feet is not permitted.

7. Know the causes and prevention of accidents that can occur in or near the water.

Failure to pay attention and horseplay are the main causes of accidents around water. Consuming alcohol and drugs (which no Pathfinder would do) causes most of the rest of the accidents. See the Basic Water Safety Honor for more details.

  1. Learn to swim before you go into the water. Sounds silly, but many people think it will come naturally, and it really doesn’t.
  2. Swim near a lifeguard so help is available if you need it.
  3. Never swim alone.
  4. Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present
  5. Don't rely on flotation devices, such as rafts, you may lose them in the water.
  6. Alcohol and swimming don't mix.
  7. Protect your head, neck, and spine by never jumping or diving into unfamiliar waters.
  8. As soon as you believe that you may be in trouble, call or wave for help.
  9. Follow regulations and lifeguard directions.
  10. Swim parallel to shore if you wish to swim long distances.

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