Re: Lifeguards-- Cub Scouting
The Undernet Ranger -- Jeff Menaker (JXM181@PSUVM.PSU.EDU)
Thu, 16 Mar 1995 15:24:00 EST
From teh camp school book:
Cub Scout Aquatics:
"To qualify for the Cub Aquatics Supervisor [this lets you run swimming and
boating for cubs] designation, an individual must atisfy requirements as
1. Twenty-one years of age;
2.Current BSA Lifeguard, ARC Lifeguard, or YMCA Lifeguard certification
(if boating is included in the program, ARC Lifeguard or YMCA Lifeguard
alone are not sufficient. BSA Lifeguard training includes boating
safety. If the supervisor is not BSA Lifeguard certified, then he or she
should partiticipate in and satisfactorily complte training and orientation
in BSA Safety Afloat conducted by a certified BSA Lifeguard or BSA Aquatics
3) Successful completion of a three-day NCS [national camp school] Cub
Aquatics training program; and
4. Current ARC Community Life Support or American Heart Association
"B" certification in basic support.
Note that a cub scout aquatics supervisor is not qualified for instruction
beyond basic learn to swim....
Safe Swim defense and safety afloat are used for all Cub Scout and Weblos
aquatics activities. [same Safe Swim as for Boy Scouts]
Unlike Safe Swim Defense, there are important _modifications_ of the
_Safety Afloat_ program for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts [ see
"for cub scouts"under sections of Safety Afloat]
Qualified Supervision:The ratio of adult supervisors to participants
"The ratio of adults to Cub Scouts and Webelos Scous for all boating
activities is 1 adult to 5 boys. Canoeing and Rafting are not only
restricted to _council/district events_ but to _flat water ponds or
controlled lake areas free of powerboats and sailboats_"
Source: Section 4, Aquatics, Camp Program and Property Management,
BSA Lifeguard Counselor Guide. 1994 Printing. No. 34536
This publication also states that the swimming tests are the same as
for Boy Scouts, if you want details on the tests and reasoning behind
the parts of them, let me know.
According to Safety Afloat:
"A person who has not been classified as a "swimmer" may ride as a
passenger in a rowboat or motorboat with an adult swimmer, or in a
canoe, raft, or sailboat with an adult certified as a lifeguard or
lifesaver by a recognized agency. In all other circumstances, the
person mmust be a swimmer to participate in an activity afloat...... "
For Cub Scouts (from Safety Afloat in 1992 BSA Lifeguard Counselor Guide)
[some of above is repeated so i am not listing it]
skill proficiency: Prior to recreational canoeing, Cub Scouts are to be
instructed in basic handling skills and safety practices.
Planning: Cub scout canoeing and rafting does not include "trips" or
"expeditions" and is not to be conducted on running water (i.e. rivers
or streams) .... suitable weather requires clear skies, no apparent wind
and warm air and water.
More complete statement of standards can be found in section 4, pages 7-8
of teh Camp Program and Property Managemnt ( i only have copies of some
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