Re: Scuba Exploring Question
Bill Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu, 24 Oct 1996 16:05:51 -0500
OLAN WATKINS wrote:
> I have a couple of questions for some of you folks that are involved with an
> Exploring Scuba Post, Exploring in general, and Scuba certification.
> I have been invited to become an Associate Advisor for a new Coed Scuba
> Exploring Post that is just getting started in my council. The Post is being
> sponsored by a dive shop. The dive shop is offering PADI open water diver
> certification for a cost of $75 if the Post members purchase their equipment
> from the shop. Is that a reasonable fee for a group like an Exploring Post?
> Estimates of equipment cost range between $150 to $300 per person.
> There were about 30 kids at the first meeting, so it looks like it will be a
> good sized group.
> I have been told that I need to take the specific Exploring Youth Protection
> Training certification. Any one know of what if any difference there is
> between the regular Boy Scout Youth Protection certification and that for
> The kids also want to do some of the regular high adventure type things as
> well as scuba, such as rock climbing/rappelling, white water, COPE course,
> firearms training, etc.
> I am an NRA rifle/shotgun/pistol instructor, and pistol shooting is not
> allowed for Boy Scouts, but I understand that it is allowed for Explorers, is
> this correct?
> Initial plans call for 4 dive-camping trips per year, with two to local
> lakes, one to out of state fresh water dive, and one to an out of state
> saltwater dive location.
> Olan Watkins
Sea Scouts and Explorers are permitted to engage in pistol and revolver
shooting activities conducted under the supervision of an NRA Certified Pistol
Instructor, have the requisite adult leadership numbers and gender for each specific
ship's crew, are shooting in a safe area and have parental permission forms on file in
the case of minors.
The fees you were quoted for SCUBA certification certainly appear to be
reasonable. I can not comment upon the equipment costs since a list of items
isn't attached. You should endeavour to become a SCUBA Instructor. Then you may be able
to conduct "in-house" certification training.
I have no idea what difference lurk within the various youth protection
programs. Most of us have taken all levels of these course to the point of absolute
ennui. I'll make some enquiries for you.