Re: Safe Swim Defense & Safty Afloat programs
Douglas J. Coffman (LEFTY@MTUS5.BITNET)
Sat, 7 Apr 1990 23:58:22 EST
Jason, that was a very good reply...I was going to wait untill I
could grab my BSA Lifeguard information and Camp Aquatics Program book
before I replied. Looks like I don't have to know, eh? :)
Just a couple of additions: First of all Qualified Adult Supervision
is a 2 part term QUALIFIED and ADULT. As Jason emphazised the ADULT part
means 21!!! No less!!! The QUALIFIED part means that the Adult OR AN
APPOINTED ASSISTANT is certified as a LIFEGUARD or ABOVE by the Boy
Scouts of America (BSA Lifeguard or above), the American Red Cross
(LIFEGUARDING or above...NOT the old Advanced Lifesaving!!), or the
Young Mens' Christian Association (YMCA) (Lifeguard or above). The
assistant, if needed, must be at least 16 preferably 18.
Lifeguards on the dock/on the beach/in the water must have Lifesaving
or above. This includes the Lifesaving MB and the old ARC Lifesaving.
(And as stated before, neither the ADULT or the lookout can be in the 1 to 10
Lifeguard to Swimmer ratio. The ADULT can be the lookout, however. The
QUALIFED Assistant, if used, DOES count, however.)
I know that all this information can be very complicated and look
confusing, but it really isn't. If you need more...please call you Council
Service Center and ask what information they might be able to send. Also,
EVERY adult leader in a troop should go through a Safe Swim Defence class
at summer camp (the class is REQUIRED by BSA policy to be offered). When
taking the class make sure you get a CURRENT 1990 copy of the 4 page Safe
Swim Defence handout. (They have revisions annually...get a NEW one.)
Also, encourage any STRONG swimmers in your troop to get the BSA
Lifeguard Certification Youth AND Adult.
Final Reminder: BSA Lifeguard is good for 3 years BUT it must be
accompanied by a CURRENT CPR card (within 12 months)
or it is NO GOOD.
I know these postings have been kinda' long...but the need for adherance
to the SAFE SWIM DEFENCE Plan can not be over-emphazised!!!
Douglas J. "Lefty" Coffman,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City