How to earn your badge:
Learn the general safety rules for swimming (such as not diving into shallow water or not swimming on your own) and where it is safe to swim locally.
Show you know how to prepare for exercises such as taking part in a warm-up.
Demonstrate a controlled entry, without using the steps, into at least 1.5 metres of water.
Swim 10 metres on your front.
Tread water for 30 seconds in a vertical position.
Using a buoyancy aid, float still in the water for 30 seconds.
Demonstrate your ability to retrieve an object from chest-deep water.
Perform a push and glide on both your front and back.
Swim 25 metres without stopping.
Take part in an organised swimming activity.
Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.