We could take out rowboats from the lab docks – but only if we passed the lab swimming test. This unofficial yet official test took place at the lab dock. You had to swim from the dock to Blueberry Point and back, in the chilly Atlantic waters. Once you had achieved this milestone, you could borrow a rowboat. Life jackets were encouraged, though not mandatory, and we did this with no adults present, unless you counted Dad, who was somewhere on the lab premises. Probably. I wonder if children now are as excited about borrowing a rowboat and braving the ocean.