Re: Question about Aquatic Activities
Ben Parker (bparker@INTERACCESS.COM)
Wed, 5 Jun 1996 11:40:16 -0500
On Mon, 3 Jun 1996, Sheila Schlesinger wrote:
> Does anyone know if a trip to an amusement park that has water rides, ie.,
> ... is considered an aquatic activity?
The Guide to Safe Scouting is intended to cover situations where the Scouts
and Leaders must provide their own supervision of activities. Operators of
commercial establishments/vessels/etc are regulated enough by the various
branches of government. So, strictly speaking, the aquatic activities
rules need not apply to a commercial venue. However, Scout Leaders, in
charge of Scouts while on any outing, always have a responsibility to take
care of the scouts under their charge. (Legally, this applies to any
group, not only Scouts).
As such, leaders need to observe if dangerous practices are occurring, if
the (paid) staff are actually attentive to their duties (e.g. lifeguards).
If the leaders of the group feel the park staff is not performing
correctly, they should could pack up and leave, tell the management, or,
take matters into their own hands to provide additional support/attention
etc. In all cases, you won't help the park mgmt improve if you don't let
them know of shortcomings in their operation. As leaders and/or parents,
you shouldn't _assume_ anybody else is going to provide better supervision
for the kids in your care than you are, until you check it out.
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