BSA Lifeguard required?
Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 30 Aug 1993 05:37:55 EDT
quoted From: Joyce Chapman Joyce.H.Chapman@DARTMOUTH.EDU
> I recently read in Scouting Magazine that in order to go on a water trip
> now you do not need a lifeguard [sic].
> I would really like to know how others of you feel about BSA saying it is
> ok to take a bunch of boys into the water without haveing anyone there who
> is trained to save them.
Joyce, what you describe is a brief version of the actual requirements now.
It was found that there were a lot of units who didn't have (or couldn't
find) BSA Certified Lifeguards (our Troop has 5, 4 youth and 1 adult). So...
National found there were a lot of units who weren't participating in water
activities, and the boys were the loosers.
The requirements for a BSA Certified Lifeguard (not simply a "lifeguard")
were reduced to allow a safe program with proper guidance and provide for
more units to have a water program at all.
I don't personally agree with the reduced requirements (as indicated above,
our unit doesn't have any trouble getting someone certified), but do
understand the problem a Cib Pack might have in finding someone, or an
Explorer Post not specifically outdoors oriented in finding someone to fit
the old requirements.
The new requirements DO specify a need for qualified supervision in the area
of the specific water activity (canoes, swimming, etc.) and strongly
encourage a BSA Certified Lifeguard be present, but it is no longer
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