Prerequisite skills are performed on the first day of class before instruction begins.  Candidates who do not complete all 3 phases of the prerequisite skills to the instructor's satisfaction will not be eligible to participate in the remainder of the course, and will not be given a refund. Bathing suits must be worn.

Phase 1

  • Swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of the two. May not swim on back or side. 
  • Goggles may be used.

Phase 2

  • Tread water for 2 minuets using only legs.
  • Hands should be placed under armpits.

Phase 3

  • Swim 20 yards without goggles.
  • Surface dive to 12 feet and retrieve a 10lb weight.
  • Once back on the surface, swim back 20 yards holding the weight.
  • Exit pool without the use of a ladder or stairs.
  • Must be completed in one minute and forty seconds.