Swimming ability is strongly encouraged for class participation. Rowing is a water sport and it's important that we know your level of confidence as a swimmer in case of an emergency. To be able to row without a personal flotation device (PFD) you will be required to successfully complete a swim test. The Swim Test is: swim 50 yards, tread water for 10 minutes, and then put on a life jacket.
Please bring your completed Swim Test Form, SCUBA certification or Life Guard certification to your first class.
What if I am not a strong swimmer?
How do I complete the swim test?
Possible Locations for Swim test
Please note: we have not checked with the following pools to find out if they're willing to offer tests. Please call the pool before you go to check. It might depend on how many lifeguards they have that day, etc.We're working on verifying this as quickly as we can!
One of our members went to the Verona pool for a swim test and wrote up these instructions for us. Thank you, Nancy!
See FAQs for additional options.
Q: What should I wear for the swim test?
Q: What if I'm already certified as a SCUBA diver or life guard?
A: Have you earned your certification within the last five years? If so, please send a picture or scan of your certification to our LTR coordinator. If your certification is more than five years old, please complete a swim test (or get re-certified).
Q: What pools can I use?
A: You're welcome to use any pool you have access to, as long as it has a lifeguard. A lot of pools are closed due to the pandemic. Please see "Possible Locations for Swim Test" for more detailed pool information.
We were doing lake swim tests in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year, club leaders have decided that testing in pools is safer and more effective (the lake near the boathouse is so shallow that we can't really test your ability to tread water).
Q: What if the pool doesn't have life jackets?
We can lend you one for the swim test. Please contact our LTR coordinator to arrange this.