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Swimming In The Academy

The swimming program in the Academy is fast paced and requires recruits to have a certain degree of swimming proficiency. Emphasis is placed on "Survival" of the recruit when confronted with water emergencies.

Each recruit is required to complete a minimum skills test in order to participate in the water safety program. The minimum skills test consists of swimming 50 yards and treading water for 5 minutes. Pre-requisites for the water safety program include swimming the front and back crawl, breaststroke and sidestroke kicks and the standing front dive. Other course requirements include but are not limited to: successful demonstration of different swimming strokes, diving, underwater swims and turns and treading water. Recruits must also successfully complete the American Red Cross Emergency Water Safety Course.

For more information on swimming or to find out how to get assistance with your swimming program, visit the YMCA Web site at:

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