The badges are earned according to the distance a Scouting member swims. "Swimming" includes all distances swum within the following requirements, whether within Scouting, school, swimming club or otherwise.
There is no restriction on style, but swimming aids (floatation devices, swim fins, etc) are not permitted.
There are three Badges in the series. Each replaces the previous Badges earned and only the highest one for which you are qualified is worn:
(Each badge is identical in design. The dolphin is coloured to reflect the level of Award.)
- Red Dolphin -1600 metres
- Silver Dolphin -16 kilometres total over six months
- Gold Dolphin - 80 kilometres total over twelve months
How to achieve the Badge:
The Red Dolphin Badge is gained by swimming 1600 metres in one session. There is no restriction on time (within reason). Temporary withdrawal from the water due to severe muscle cramp is permitted at the discretion of the official or Leader in-charge, without penalty.
The Silver Dolphin Badge is gained by a holder of the Red Dolphin who swims a further 14.4 km to a total of 16 km, with a minimum of 400 metres at a time, over six months.
The Gold Dolphin Badge is gained by the holder of the Silver Dolphin who swims a further 64 km to a total of 80 km, with a minimum of 400 metres at a time, over twelve months.
A register of distances swum is to be made. The register requires the date and location of the swim, who the swim was undertaken with, the distance swum, and must be certified at the time by a suitable official (school teacher, swimming instructor, pool superintendent, Scout Leader, etc). When the total distance swum reaches that necessary for a Badge, a line should be ruled in red under the most recent entry and the total signed off by your Leader.