Re: BSA Aquatics Instructor
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 11 Oct 1995 17:25:23 -0400
On Oct 11, 1995 11:18:40, 'firstname.lastname@example.org (Utah Cox)' wrote:
>Bruce, I am the ticket counselor for a Scouter who included Red Cross
>Instructor (not sure of exact title) as part of his ticket. When he had
>completed the ARC course, he was also awarded a BSA Aquatics Instructor
>certificate. This was not included as a goal on his ticket, it was just
>lagniappe. I cannot help you on the requirements, surely someone else
>He did NOT have to attend National Camp School to get this certification,
>implied by Chris Haggerty's response.
Well, having looked at the Health and Safety Guide quoted by Mike Bowman
(my 1992 edition was word for word what Mike quoted from the 1993 edition)
I would say that he should not have been awarded the BSA Aquatics
Instructor certification because that is specifically the certification
that results from attending NCS.
I also understand that there is confusion over this because the situation
that prompted my question in the first place was when a member of our Cub
World Aquatics staff in 94 was awarded the certification by the Aquatics
Director at the end of the summer. He was 16 at the time. When his
parents went to buy the patch for inclusion in a patch frame for his
upcoming Eagle presentation they were told at the Scout Shop that he
couldn't have earned it because you must be at least 18 to earn it.
After seeing the earlier responses we concluded that the AD was
unauthorized in awarding this certification and it was, therefore, a
useless piece of paper which conferred not authority on the holder. I
would contend that your recipient is in the same boat. However, I am
unfamiliar with what level of certification is necessary to sign Safe Swim
cards so I don't know whether he is authorized to do that.
Thanks for the post.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City