Brick Test-Breakdown

Complete in 1 minute, 40 seconds

This is one of the three parts of the swimming pre-test. It is the second most common cause of failure. The first is the 300 yard swim.

Starting off

Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.

Dive and Grab

Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.


Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.