Chairman of the bored
How good of a swimmer are you? How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10? How old were you when you learned to swim?
I knew people who tried for rescue swimmer qualifications and they said it was some of the hardest training they ever did. Same thing with folks in the Marines who wanted to become swim instructors. When I was on a MEU we had a lot of people who would try to go on to more specialized units and we always had more people come back to us after washing out from Swim Instructor school than from Recon training or SERE school or jump school or anything like that. It sounded like the training to become an actual swim instructor (they might not be "Operators", but these were the folks who went on to train the Recon Marines (now "Raiders") and work at BUDS school) was absolutely brutal.I used to be a decent swimmer like a 7 or 8, but now I'm more like a 4 or 5. Of course you need examples. In boot camp I tried for the entry test to divers, EOD, SEAL. The first test is a 500 yard swim in 14 minutes (SEAL was like 10 minutes). I made it just over 10 minutes. Sounds similar to WSUs WSQ2 qual, but I didn't have to tread water with a rifle. I tried for rescue swimmer on the ship, but didn't get picked for the job.
I too earned Lifesaving & Swimming merit badges. I never did the mile swim but I did row a boat to support the mile swimmers for several years. I lifeguarded a little bit at scout camp which was insane because I couldn't see while I swam because I couldn't wear my glasses or contacts. I did one rescue and nobody drown on my watch. So that was pretty good for a blind guy. I haven't swam much since other than falling out of a raft or kayak.Had swim lesson at the Y.
Earned Swimming & Lifesaving Merit Badges and did the Mile swim when I was in the Scouts.
Grew up on the Jersey shore swimming in the ocean.
Probably back in the day I was an 8, not strong/fast enough for competitive swim team or to be lifeguard.
Now because I haven't swam in awhile, I might say I am a 4.