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 Swim Tests

This page includes information relating to swim testing. 

Matters arising to be directed to the Rowing Sabbatical Officer.


At present the test consists of (in general terms):

  • Wearing a t-shirt and shorts (as a minimum)
  • 45m swimming (any stroke)
  • Surface dive for 5m. You must have your full body submerged for the full length.
  • Tread water for 2minutes. When treading water you are expected to have your full head above the water and have your airwaves open.

This is in-line with the requirements of British Rowing and all have real-world practical reasons for their inclusion. All testing is carried out by qualified personnel.


Michaelmas Term

4 swim-test sessions were run and two capsize drill sessions totalling 21 hours of pool time. 

1654 persons took swim tests. There was an 8% failure rate. 

Hilary Term

112 people took swim tests over two sessions in Hilary Term. 

Trinity Term

There will be a swim test on Saturday 7th May (1st week). This will be the only test of TT11. Slots will be allocated to clubs in accordance with communication with and from the Rowing Sabbatical Officer.