Alex has been able to swim for quite awhile but his ability to follow instructions has been less than exemplary. So he hasn't been able to pass the swim test which would allow him to not wear the wrist band which tells the lifeguards that he needs an adult with him at all times.
We went to the pool and lucked out that we were the first ones there after it opened from the dinner break. Since it was quiet and we'd been practicing the steps of the test, I asked the lifeguard to try the test with him.
He passed easily. So now he doesn't have to have an adult right with him (although I suspect we still will simply to avoid unpleasant interactions with other swimmers).
I'm really proud of him.