What is the Aquatics Test?

(Age 16 & Over) 
Call the pool for information: 

Boyce Pool
North Park Pool
Settlers Cabin Pool  
South Park Pool

724-935-1951, 3410

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The Aquatics Test consists of seven "Timed" water tests.  

The test is divided into stations, you may start at any station. There is a minimum time in each test to pass. You may retake any test that you feel you could do better at, but only on the day of the test.

You must bring the following items to the test with you or the test will not be administered. The forms can be found on the Lifeguard Employment Application page.
  1. Completed Doctor's Certification Form
  2. Completed County Summer Employment Application Form (both pages)
  3. Mandatory: include four references on back of the Application
  4. Bathing suit and towel
 Aquatics Tests    PDF Icon Print Version 
No goggles will be permitted during the tests except for the 500-yds. free style.
If you wear contacts, please bring a case.
 Test One:  50-yds. free style   (Passing Time: 33.5) 
 Test Two:  500-yds. free style   (10:00) 
 Test Three:    25 yds. underwater swim using either a breaststroke or flutter kick (legs only). You may take ONE pull with your arms. This may be taken at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end.   (Pass/Fail) 
 Test Four:  Recovery of a 10-lb. object in 12-ft. of water, with a 30-ft. approach. The candidate will start in the water; on a signal from the tester will swim out and dive down to the 10-lb. object. The candidate with BOTH HANDS ON THE OBJECT will push off the bottom. The time will stop when the object breaks the surface of the water.   (10.5) 
 Test Five:  2-minute water tread with a 10-lb. object. Both hands must remain on the object at all times.   (Pass/Fail) 

* * * For the next two tests, the candidate starts in the water
and the 10-lb. object starts on the wall. * * *

 Test Six:  Tow a 10-lb. object 50 yds. with an inverted breaststroke kick or a flutter kick. The candidate swims on their back with both hands on the 10-lb. object.   (1:20) 
 Test Seven:   Tow a 10-lb. object 50-yds. sidestroke. The candidate places the 10-lb. object on a hip to swim; you may use your free arm to pull.   (1:10)