On Thursday evening, the latest set of new recruits to join 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron (Sqn) Air Training Corps (ATC) visited Greenbank Leisure Centre in Swadlincote to take part in their Basic Swimming profiency tests, and under the watchful eye and support of Cadet Sargeant (Cdt Sgt) Chloe Sartain-Berry (17), they all passed.
The basic swimming proficiency test requires each cadet to swim at least 50 metres, 25 metres on their back and 25 metres on their front, tread water for 2 minutes and exit the water without the use of the steps.
After hearing the news that he had passed his swimming test Cadet (Cdt) Roe says (14) “ I found the test quite easy and exciting and feel very enthusiastic about receiving my certificate in the near future.”
Every cadet which passes through our Training flight is required to pass their basic swimming proficiency in order to complete their First Class Cadet Training syllabus and to enable them too attend more adventure training activities the Squadron and the Corps has to offer, specifically around Kayaking and Canoeing as part of our week long camps at a various military establishments including RAF Wittering and Swynnerton Army Training Camp.
During these camps, the cadets will also have the opportunity to further develop their achievements within swimming proficiency tests as there are 3 levels:Basic, Intermediate and Higher. Whilst basic swimming proficiency tests are performed at Squadron level, Intermediate and Higher swimming proficiencies are usually run as an activity on a camp, as there is a lot more involved – as they will see cadets “rescuing a casualty” from the deep end of the water and swimming longer distances wearing their shorts and t-shirts.
Following our very productive evening at Greenbank Leisure Centre the cadets from our Training Flight will now eagerly wait for their certificates to be presented to them on a parade night, by Squadron Commander, Flt Lt Alyn Thompson. RAF (VRT).
CI C Tildesley