Lifesaving Merit Badge vs. Lifeguarding (Red Cross)
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Mon, 6 Feb 1995 07:59:00 MST
Dennis in a casual remark about the Eagle vs Gold discussion hit a nerve
and gives me an excusss to educate a lot of people about a common
misconception. I think it begins in Adults re-entering when their kids
grow up enough to participate in Boy Scouts.
As a youth they had Red Cross Lifesaving and or were Water
Safety Instructions. What they do not realize is that their Lifesaving
skills are now about as obsulete as a tourniquet. (Ok, I am exagerating a
little, but I did learn back press, arm lift for respiration when I was a
kid in the late 60's-FROM THE RED CROSS). The Red Cross Lifeguarding
course is DESIGNED FOR PROFESSIONAL LIFEGUARDS. It is much more intense
than Lifesaving Merit badge. The Current (new) Lifeguarding courses
INCLUDE CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
Lifesaving Merit Badge is more designed for the casual rescuer. He sees
someone in need of help and responds. The Lifesaving Merit Badge includes
nothing about how to handle spinal injuries (Swimming is wherer the largest
percent of spinal injuries occur in sports-over any other single sport)
The new Lifeguarding program does not include any contact at all (What is a
professional rescuer doing without equipment?). I suspect LIfesaving merit
badge will move in this direction since this move is being driven by OSHA.
This misconcemption has caused more than one arguement. A father wanted
the lady who was in charge of aquatics for the Red Crosss in this area
before me to give his son a RED CROSS LIFEGUARDING CERTIFICATE because he
had Lifesaving Merit Badge from BSA. She of couse said no, she would not
give anyone a certificate unless they passed one of her classes (she then
checked with me knowing I was BSA active. I told her the requirements are
different.) Boy was that father upset, but she stood her ground because
she now new that the requirements were different.
I am a Red Crosss Instructor Trainer for Water Safety and member of the
Health and Safety Committee for the Fort Huachuca American Red Cross.
Chris Haggerty, District Advancement Chairman,
Cochise District, Catalina Council, Sierra Vista, Arizona
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