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Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Recreation/Swimming - Beginner

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Swimming - Beginner
North American Division

See also Swimming - Beginner - Advanced

Skill Level 1
Year of Introduction: 1944



The requirements below are for the North American Division NAD tiny.png. This honor has different requirements for the General Conference GC tiny.png.

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Investiture Achievement Connection: This Honor is related to the Investiture Achievement requirements for every class's Health and Fitness sections which require either completion of this Honor or the Basic Water Safety Honor.

Receive the American Red Cross Level 3 Stroke Development or YMCA equivalent in Swimming–Beginner's 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.

1. Have completed the Water Safety Honor Requirements

This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Basic Water Safety honor.

2. Water Entry Skills:

a. Enter water by jumping from the side of the pool, or from into the water from a dock into a safe area for jumping.

b. Headfirst entry from the side in a sitting position.

Headfirst entry should NOT be taught unless the water depth is at least 9 feet.

c. Headfirst entry from the side in a kneeling position.

Headfirst entry should NOT be taught unless the water depth is at least 9 feet.

3. Breath Control and Submerging:

a. Bobbing while moving toward safety – demonstrate in chest-deep water at least 5 times.

b. Demonstrate rotary breathing, at least 10 times.

4. Buoyancy:

a. On front, demonstrate the survival float, at least 30 seconds in deep water.

b. On back, demonstrate moving into a back float in deep water, and hold the float at least 30 seconds.

5. Changing Positions:

a. Change from a vertical to horizontal position on the front, in deep water.

b. Change from a vertical to horizontal position on the back, in deep water.

6. Treading Water:

a. Demonstrate treading water for at least 30 seconds in deep water.

7. Front Swim:

a. Push off in a streamline position, then begin the flutter kick. Kick in streamline position 3-5 body lengths.

b. Push off in a streamline position, then begin the dolphin kick. Demonstrate 3-5 body lengths.

c. Front crawl, at least 15 yards, with good rotary breathing.

8. Back Swim:

a. Elementary backstroke, demonstrate smooth finning and whip kick for at least 15 yards.

9. Side Swim:

a. Demonstrate, at least 10 yards, the side scissors kick.

10. Water Safety:

a. Reach or Throw, Don’t Go—reaching assists, demonstrate.

b. Think Twice Before Going Near Cold Water or Ice—discuss/demonstrate.

c. Look Before You Leap—understand and demonstrate.

11. Passing Skills:

a. Jump into chest-deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards, maintain positions by treading water or floating for 30 seconds, and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.