BSA Lifeguard Liablilty (was RE: Important First Aid ...
Jeff Menaker (wastelander@PSU.EDU)
Tue, 4 Oct 1994 16:01:26 -0600
In message Tue, 04 Oct 94 11:06:39 EDT, JMillerJr@aol.com writes:
> I can't help but wonder how this applies to BSA Lifeguards and Aquatics
> Instructor BSA's (actually preferred over Red Cross certification in NJ).
> As recognized certifications, I could see liability becoming a real issue
> with these certifications.
As far as I understand it, the Aquatics Instructor is responsible for
everyone he signs off. He is using his certification to say that that
person has the proper skills.
Should a BSA Lifeguard do something wrong, that doesn't mean that the
certifying person is the reason. If gross negligence is on the providers
part, then it's his fault. If the counselor was negligent, then the
liability would be on him.
I've worked with BSA Lifeguard and Red Cross Lifeguard Training instructors
and they both test and retest the students skills, plus have written
exams before they will pass someone.
Red Cross Lifeguard
And maybe eventually I'll have time to take BSA Lifeguard instead of
helping to teach it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City