Swim Test Requirements

Goal Location: Maury High School Pool
322 Shirley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517

Secondary Location:  Northside Indoor Swimming Pool
8401 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23518

Remember to wear proper clothing and bring a change of clothes, towel and running shoes.

Granby Crew Swim Test Requirements

Purpose: The purpose of the Swim test is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of rowers in and around water.  At a minimum, it serves to verify that each student is safe to participate in rowing on the water.  The test should show whether or not a rower is comfortable in and around water, has the ability to swim and tread water, and has basic knowledge of life jacket use.

Protocol: The test is good for one calendar school year.  The test shall be offered twice a year (fall and spring) as well as make-ups when needed.  A Virginia High School League Physical, GHSCTBC Parent/Athlete Contract, Granby Rowing Waiver and Hampton Roads Rowing Club (HRRC) Waiver must be on file with the Booster club prior to test participation.  Failure to complete any portion of the test will eliminate rowers from water practice in shells.  Coxswains failing the test can return to the shells wearing a lifejacket.  Any student can ride in the launch with a lifejacket.  A re-test will be administered at the athlete’s request, but no sooner than one week after the failure.  The re-test will include all portions of the swim test.  No probationary considerations will be given.

Procedure: A crew coach will administer this test while a certified lifeguard is supervising.  Athletes shall complete Part I followed by Part II.  Part II will begin 5 minutes after Part I.  If pool space is limited, this timeline will be adhered to as closely as possible.

Part I

The athlete will swim, excluding the elementary and racing backstroke, 50 meters while wearing light clothes, which may consist of a T-shirt and board shorts.  The athlete shall refrain from touching the walls or bottom of the pool.

Why: Even with a safety launch present, athletes cannot expect to be plucked directly out of the water.  Everyone must be able to swim to safety, be it to the launch, to shore, or to another rowing shell.  Clothing serves to simulate swamping conditions.  Also, backstrokes cannot be safely executed in unknown areas surrounded by other swimmers.

Part II

The athlete will jump feet first into the water.  Staying submerged, he/she will swim past the flags underwater.  Once past the flags, the athlete will surface and tread water for five (5) minutes.  While treading, the athlete will be tossed a life jacket, which they should correctly put on, and float for an additional minute.  The athlete shall refrain from submerging his/her head, touching the sides, or using someone else as support for the duration of treading water and floating.

Why: Being thrown from a shell can be very disorienting.  Athletes must not panic if they suddenly find themselves underwater.  The ability to hold one’s breath and return to the surface safely is vital.  Also, rescue is not guaranteed to be immediate.  The athletes must be able to stay afloat while the launch maneuvers to help them.  When the launch arrives, not everyone can get in.  Several athletes may be expected to wear life jackets and wait for retrieval.

Exceptions: Written medical justification is required to exclude any portion of this test. The coach will determine if the remaining portions are sufficient to test swimming ability.  He/she may add additional events appropriate to confirm skills that were lost by exception.  These events will not conflict with the medical issues that eliminated standard tests.

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