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UVRF Swim Test - Required

The UVRF swim test certification is good for 5 years. Wear rowing clothing (gym or lycra shorts and a t-shirt) and bring a towel and dry clothes to change into after the test.  UVRF provides life jackets for the swim tests, which take about 15 minutes. You do not need to make an appointment if you are able to attend a scheduled UVRF test.  

If you are unsure when you last passed your UVRF Swim test, check the Documents tab of our website under Swim Tests, or click here to check the date.

2022 Swim Tests:  The next swim test will be held at the CCBA pool in Lebanon on Tuesday, May 17, at 7PM.  Please sign up for a 20-minute time slot using sign-up genius

You must wear rowing clothes to take the test. Make sure you bring a towel and a fresh set of clothes for afterward.

The test consists of the following (in this order):

  • Tread water for 10 minutes

  • Swim for 50 yards

  • Put on life jacket that is thrown into the water

  • Swim to the nearest ladder or edge and climb out of the pool

If you cannot take the group swim test, you can also get the Swim Test Checklist form off the Documents section of our website (here) and bring it to a lifeguard at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, the Dartmouth Gym (if open), Storrs Pond, or CCBA. Call ahead to schedule time with a lifeguard. For the Dartmouth Pool, please contact Dana Metes. For UVAC, please contact Forrest Pollard. For CCBA, please contact Marie Dumont. For Storrs Pond, please contact swim@storrspond.orgYou will have to purchase a day pass at the front desk, then go to the pool and have the lifeguard administer the test. Don't forget to bring a lifevest with you. (If you don't have one, please inquire about borrowing one from UVRF.)

If you choose to have the swim test at the Dartmouth pool, please note that the lifeguard will NOT adminster the test and you will have to arrange with the UVRF Safety Officer to administer the test. 

Print out a copy of the UVRF Swim Test Certification form from the Documents tab (here) on our website and bring it with you for the administrator or lifeguard to sign. Wear rowing clothing and bring a life jacket (you will have to put it on while treading water). Send your signed form to UVRF, PO Box 419, Hanover, NH 03755 with "Swim Test" on the lower left of the envelope. Or, even better, email your form to us at uppervalleyrc@gmail.com.

Note: Please be courteous to the lifeguards. You may need to call ahead and explain what the UVRF swim test is! And, you must bring the UVRF checklist and a life jacket.

Please note that UVRF accepts swim tests from HHS Crew. Swim tests for UVRF juniors will be held during a regularly scheduled practice during the spring.