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UVRF Swim Test - Required

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.

UVRF members needing to take the swim test (first time or renewal) must arrange to take the test individually. UVRF swim test certification is good for 5 years. Wear rowing clothing (gym or lycra shorts and a t-shirt) and bring your own life jacket. The test only takes about 15 minutes.

UVRF will host four swim tests for members on the first Tuesday of April, May, June and July at the Dartmouth Pool.  This is subject to change if there is a conflict with using the pool, please email to confirm.  At the scheduled group swim tests UVRF will bring life jackets.

  • March 29th - CCBA - note different date and location - email UVRF for details - 6:00 - 7:00pm
  • May 2nd - Dartmouth pool - 6:00 - 7:00pm
  • June 6th - Dartmouth pool - 6:00 - 7:00pm
  • July 11th - Darmouth pool - 6:00 - 7:00pm

The test consists of the following:

  • 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

Please try to attend one of our scheduled swim tests. If you are unable to attend a scheduled swim test you may go to the Dartmouth pool during open rec swim hours, if you chose this option you must pay for a day pass to use the pool and arrange with the UVRF Safety Officer to bring someone with you to supervise the swim test and to borrow a lifevest. The Dartmouth lifeguard is NOT to be asked to supervise the swim test. 

If you are taking an individual swim test at another pool, we strongly advise you to contact the pool staff in advance to ensure that they will have staff on hand to administer the test. For UVAC, please contact Forrest Pollard. For CCBA, please contact Marie Dumont. For Storrs Pond, please contact

Print out a copy of the UVRF Swim Test Certification form from the Documents tab on our website and bring it with you for the 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

Please note that UVRF accepts swim tests from Lebanon Crew and HHS Crew.