Re: Water Safety and Policy
Merl Whitebook (MAWLAW@AOL.COM)
Sat, 1 Jul 1995 16:43:03 -0400
This is the Current watersafety requirement from BSA (for Swim)
Safe Swim Defense
1. Qualified Supervision - All swimming activity must be supervised by a
mature and conscientious adult at least 21 years of age who understands and
knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of the scouts
in his or her care, who is experienced in the water and confident of being
able to respond in the event of an emergency, and who is trained in and
committed to compliance with the eight points of BSA Safe Swim Defense. (It
is strongly recommended that all units have at least one adult or order
youth member that is currently certifed as a BSA Lifegard to assist in the
planning and conducting of all swimming activity.)
2. Require evidence of fitness. Adjust supervision to anticipate any
3. Preswim exloration of swim area - three area identified. Nonswimmer,
4. Lifegards posted and equiped with lines and poles.
5. A lookout posted where he or she can see all areas at all times.
6. Swimmers divided into ability groups - Nonswimmers, beginners and
7. All swimmers paired as buddies and always swim with buddies.
8. Intelligent discipline maintained at all times.
Hope this helps
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City