Every student has the option at the end of his/her class to take a test to earn a certification signifying his/her level of achievement. This is not mandatory, but simply for fun. Certifications are not listed in any particular order.
Certified Shallow Water Swimmer
Can thoroughly enjoy shallow water in every direction; is free in shallow water:
Test: propulsion, sommersaults, handstands, swim along bottom, front to back to front, reversals, sharp turns, splashing and bumping okay, child's play (such as chicken fights, piggy back rides)
Can rely on oneself for safety in deep water in a pool indefinitely
Test: hang out in the middle of deep water in a pool for 10 minutes with complete comfort, zero struggle, not just back float
Can do freestyle laps and sets with turns (flip, open, or spin turns). Test: 4 laps comfortable, whole freestyle with turns.
Certified Competitive Strokes Swimmer
Knows all 4 competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke
Test: 4 recognizable strokes for one lap (25 yards) each with zero struggle. Each stroke is certifiable individually.
Certified Resting Strokes Swimmer
Knows the sidestroke, elementary backstroke and trudgeon
Test: 25 yards of each stroke, recognizable, passable strokes. Each stroke is certifiable individually.
Certified Rescue-Assist Swimmer
Knows what do to for a struggling swimmer in a pool. Understands the importance of Water Watchers anytime people are swimming.
Test: basic water and land-based rescues using throwing and reaching assists. This is not a lifeguarding class.
Certified Open Water Swimmer
Swims comfortably in lake, river and ocean. Can jump off boat into the blue. Knows beach safety rules, what to do in currents and waves. Comfortable with snorkeling and snorkeling safety.
Test: demonstrate swimming in open water comfortably twice. Photo of you jumping off boat into the blue.
Knows snorkeling equipment, how to snorkel, snorkeling safety, comfort in deep salt water
Test: to be determined. In fact, all tests are subject to refinement.
SCUBA diving certification
Certified Competitive Swimmer
4 legal competitive strokes, turns, starts, set-writing, pace-clock use, intervals
Test: demonstrate 25 yards of each stroke above, no struggle, with turns
Certified Masters Swimmer
Joins and swims with a masters swim team, swims in one meet
Test: photo of you swimming in a meet, and your event results (time). This is all for fun, remember!