Swim test

Québec City has adopted an aquatic and swimming safety procedure for all children registered in day camp.

The purpose of the swim test is to check the swimming ability of any child aged 7 or more and determines whether or not they should use a personal flotation device (PFD) during day camp swimming sessions. The decision is made by lifeguards and it is final. Under no circumstance can the test be taken again.  

Evaluation criteria

The three parts of the test occur one after the other, without a break:  

  • Enter the water disoriented;
  • Tread water for one minute;
  • Swim 25 metres without rest.

On the first day of camp, a child who is:

  • 5 or 6 years old must wear a personal floatation device (PFD);  
  • 7, 8, 9 or 10 years old, who knows how to swim, must pass a swim test;
  • 11 years old or more must take a swim test if their parent asks for one on the ‘health form’ or depending on the organization’s policy. We would also strongly recommend the evaluation for 11-12 years.  

Aquatic skills tests for Saint-Roch Y campers will be held at the Centre's pool during the first week of camp and on the first day of swimming for new campers.

For further information on swimming ability assessment, please visit the Quebec City portal.

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