Phishin' in the Desert (0210777@ACAD.NWMISSOURI.EDU)
Sat, 3 Feb 1996 23:13:44 -0600
Chris, I whole-heartedly agree with you. We need to emphisize the use of
equiptment. Remember the order of rescues. The way I teach it is REACH,
THROW, ROW, go (with support). Put the most emphisis on the first three, and
ONLY go as a last resort, and only with support.
Last summer, during staff training, our H2O staff were going over
rescues. One of my staff members was told to go, with no equiptment. He
entered the water, and took off his trunks, and used the "Lead and Wait" tactic
to bring the "victim" to saftey. This reminds us the most important things
1- NEVER go without support
2- Less contact with the victim is better
We should teach the scouts that the only time we should go without support, is
on a nude beach in the middle of the desert. Any other time, there is something
to use as support, be it a tree branch or bathing suit.
The only reason BSA still teaches the GO rescues without support, is because
of those extreme circumstances. Even with a rescue tube, the victim could
attack the rescuer. This is another reason for the LESS is Better rule.
When I teach BSA Lifeguard, I focus more on the Guarding aspect of it. A
BSA Lifeguard is trained to run a Waterfront (not at a BSA Camp, but other place
s.) We need to focus more on preventing accidents with BSA Lifeguard
Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to give my view on this subject.
NCS Aquatics Instructor BSA
Assistant Waterfront Dir
Camp mattatuck (1995)
ASM, T-5 Middlebury, CT
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City