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    BSA Mile Swim Award
    BSA High Adventure Trek Award
    Great Activity for all Swimmers

    There are 1760 yards in a mile. Most Swimming pools are made either 55 yards or 50 meters long. To swim a mile it is 32 laps of a yard pool. The Miles Swim is a really great activity for any swimmer with moderate to advanced abilities. (You can tell real quick when scout camp has you swim 4 lengths for the standard 100-yard BSA Swim Test.)

    SWIM TRUNKS EMBLEM. The Mile Swim, BSA Patch is NOT worn on the Uniform. It is worn on the left side of the swim trunks.


    Mile Swim Requirements

      1. Explain how regular exercise contributes to good health and why swimming is one of the best forms of exercise.
      2. Tell what precautions and procedures a swimmer and escort must follow for distance swimming over open water.
      3. Under the supervision of a currently qualified certified aquatics instructor, BSA or equivalent, participate in 4 hours of training and preparation for distance swimming (1 hour a day maximum).
      4. Swim 1 mile over a measured course that has been approved by the trained instructor who will supervise the swim.


      General Requirements - mandatory basic rules for all BSA High Adventure Treks.


    Mile Swim Preparation

      BSA Safe Swim Rules should be reviewed an important preperation
      BSA Swim Test - participants for this activity should be able to comfortably complete this test a few days before hand.

    Adults can also participate in this program at many camps, but they are NOT authorized to earn or wear the Mile Swim patch shown above.


    Trek Detour #1
    BSA Camp Aquatics Facility

    Combine this adventure with another BSA Adventure Activity.

    Most BSA Camp Facilities have a complete Aquatics Center. Combine this activity with some camping nights, day hikes, shooting range time or camp service project.

    In fact many scout camps feature this event as part of their regular week long summer camp program. You may want to use a fresh water pool instead of a salt water one.


    Trek Detour #2
    RCP Tiburon Mlie Open Water Swim

    Major Festival Event.

    Since Robert C. Placak founded The Tiburon Mile in 1999, swimmers and swimming fans have converged Tiburon, California, to participate in one of the most competitive and prestigious open water swims in the world - the RCP Tiburon Mile. Athletes swim one nautical mile from San Francisco Bay's Angel Island to the shores of Downtown Tiburon.

    They compete in one of several divisions including Elite, Age Group and Wet Suit - all vying for cash and prizes. Participating swimmers include Olympic and World Champion swimmers from the USA, Russia, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Germany. Also competing in this world class event are national and local pool and open water swimmers, as well as collegiate swimmers. Throughout the years, over $1,350,000 has been raised to benefit designated charities with over $50,000 raised in 2012 alone.
    Race Website -

    Open Water Mile Swim
    The RCP Tiburon Mile - 2007


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