Cub Scout Swimming

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Belt Loop and Pin
Swimming Sports Belt Loop
Swimming Sports Pin
(line drawing, actual pins are color)
Template:Cub Scout Academics and Sports introduction


Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

1. Explain rules of Safe Swim Defense. Emphasize the buddy system.
2. Play a recreational game in the water with your den, pack, or family.
3. While holding a kick board, propel yourself 25 feet using a flutter kick across the shallow end of the swimming area.

Sports Pin Requirements

Earn the Swimming belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

1. Practice the breathing motion of the crawl stroke while standing in shallow water. Take a breath, place your head in the water, exhale, and turn your head to the side to take a breath. Repeat.
2. Learn two of the following strokes: crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, or breaststroke.
3. Learn two of the following floating skills: jellyfish float, turtle float, canoe (prone) float.
4. Using a kickboard, demonstrate three kinds of kicks.
5. Pass the "beginner" or "swimmer" swim level test.
6. Visit with a lifeguard and talk about swimming safety in various situations (pool, lake, river, ocean). Learn about the training a lifeguard needs for his or her job.
7. Explain the four rescue techniques: Reach, Throw, Row, and Go (with support)
8. Take swimming lessons.
9. Attend a swim meet at a school or community pool.
10. Tread water for 30 seconds.
11. Learn about a U.S. swimmer who has earned a medal in the Olympics
12. Demonstrate the proper use of a mask and snorkel in a swimming area where your feet can touch the bottom.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide, 2003 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #34299)


  1. Earning the Cub Scout Swimming Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout is an option for requirement 3 of the Sportsman Activity Badge.
  2. Details on earning a Cub Scout Sports or Academic pin or belt loop multiple times

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