Every ship member will swim 50 meters, even if he/she must wear a PFD to accomplish this. Swimmers may start in the water or may use a racing (diving) start in the deep end of the pool.
Any crewmember with a medical condition that prevents participation in the swimming event must provide a signed excuse note from a doctor at registration and will be assigned a score of an average of all ship participants' scores. The swimming Area Judge must sign the ship's swimming scorecard after viewing a copy of the approved doctor’s note. The bos'n is responsible for getting the Area Judge's signature in advance. Any doctor's note MUST be presented at registration for initial clearance and then a copy must be presented to the Area Judge.