Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Wed, 15 Mar 1995 18:07:23 EST
Kevin S Woods <kswoods@CHRISTA.UNH.EDU> asks:
>1. What are the REQUIREMENTS for lifeguarding with a Boy Scout swimming
>ex. Our troop is going on an alternate program to the Adirondacks this
>summer (canoe trip on 2-3 lakes).
You have asked two questions. The first is covered in the BSA Safe Swim
Defense. The second in Safety Afloat.
I quote from the 1990 edition of _The Scoutmaster Handbook_:
"1. QUALIFIED SUPERVISION. A responsible adult must be in charge at all times
when Scout swimming is conducted. He must be qualified with water-safety
training or have trained assistants under his direction."
There are seven more sections to the Safe Swim Defense guidlines pertaining to
physical fitness, safe swimming area, lifeguards (two older scouts who are
good swimmers meet this guidline), lookout, ability, buddy system, and
The Safety Afloat guidlines are a little more stringent.
"1. Qualified Supervision. A responsible adult must supervise all activity
afloat and must be experienced and qualified in water safety (BSA Life-
guard, Red Cross lifeguard training, or YMCA Senior Lifesaver) and in the
particular skills related to the watercraft being used, or use assistants
so qualified. Ability to meet current requirements for Canoeing, Rowing,
Small Boat Sailing, or Motorboating merit badge qualifies a person in respect
to safe handling of respective watercraft. One adult supervisor is re-
quired for each 10 people, with a minimum of two adults for any one
group. All adult supervisors must complete Safety Afloat and Safe SWim
Defense training, and at least one must be certified in CPR basic life
support." (same source as above)
There are eight more sections in the Safety Afloat Guidlines.
As a Scout leader you/me/all should be familliar with these guidlines and
be willing to follow them, regardless of the technicalities of what the
absolute minimum one can get by with. IMHO.
>2. My CC and I had a discussion over Cubs at a local College Pool. She said
>she was given grief at Council when submitting the tour permit as to who was
>the BSA LIFEGUARD.
I don't know the CS requirements but if she was applying for the tour permit
and had not checked into the qualifications of the lifegard to be working that
day she deserved (a small amount of) greif. IMHO. No doubt the facility
hosting the outing makes sure their lifeguards are qualified. It goes
without saying. I assume. ....
Dan O'Canna [email@example.com] Lexington, Kentucky USA
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