In the swimming merit badge it states to “successfully complete the BSA swim test”. Does that mean successfully complete as in be a considered a “swimmer” vs “beginner” or just complete it regardless of the level achieved. I know the swim test can be very subjective based on who is giving it, but I feel if you have the swimming merit badge you should be able to pass the test as a “swimmer” meaning you can swim the 100 yards with out stopping, in good form. For example I had a scout take it the BSA swim test, stop on each end for a couple of minutes to rest, but continue on till he completed it. I personally would mark him as a beginner on the swim test but others have marked him as a swimmer.
Especially since requirement three says that you should swim 150 yards in good form with three extra strokes.
Any thoughts, am I off base? I have gotten such a broad range of views I thought I would ask here and see what other areas do.