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Swimming FAQs

What classifies someone as a non-swimmer?

Anyone unable to demonstrate to a suitable person their ability to swim 50 metres in clothing and equipment appropriate to the activity (where a buoyancy aid or life jacket is worn for the activity this may be used for the demonstration) and keep afloat for five minutes would be classified as a non-swimmer and must follow Rule 9.42(b).

Can I run swimming off of a yacht or keelboat?

Yes but you must be following the swimming rules for the classification of water you are in. For more information see the how to offer swimming in scouting page here.

Can my British Canoeing Lifeguards Pool Endorsement Award be used as swimming cover for a swimming session in a pool?

The British Canoeing Lifeguard qualification is not a suitable one to lead a swimming session in a pool. The syllabuses of the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and this qualification do not closely align on a number of aspects as there are many things that someone will not have been assessed against. The training and assessment they will have undergone is specifically for a canoeing/kayaking session rather than for general swimming cover.

Can I run swimming sessions with my Kayaking permit?

Yes, you can run a swimming session within the remit of your kayaking permit. You would have to replicate the conditions you operate within for your kayaking permit (i.e. class of waters, group size, use of buoyancy aids etc.). The requirements that you must meet are listed under Swimming – Water activity permit holders in FS120620 (Swimming).

What are the rules of running swimming in Class C waters?

This depends on whether the waters already have operating guidelines. If these already exist then they should be followed. If the waters do not have operating guidelines then you must meet the requirements listed in FS120620 (Swimming) regarding risk assessment, environmental factors, swimming ability rescues, equipment, swimming area, communication, access, group management and ratios.


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