Re: BSA Lifeguard
blaine a. jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Fri, 4 Apr 1997 10:33:23 EST
>>>"Can a Scouter (adult) get BSA Lifeguard
Some mentioned that this certification can be harder for adults. I can
speak for one adult who found it extremely difficult.
I attended by first BSA summer camp in 1993 after my older son and I
crossed over in April. The first day of camp he (and all the other
boys) passed the swimming test easily. I noticed that the SM did not
take the test. I have been swimming (after a fashion) for years, so I
jumped in and started the test (in a moving river). After 2 of 4
required laps, I developed a cramp and had to stop the test. I was told
to "just come back tomorrow at 4."
Being the eternal optomist, I returned the next day to try again. I was
reminded that there is no time limit, and to pace myself. I was
finishing my 3rd lap when I made an extremely awkward turn and inhaled
about 1 1/2 lungs full of water. As I was coughing and spitting, the
water front director shouted to ask if I was Ok. I was not in any
trouble, and tried to say so between coughs. He misunderstood, and came
into the water to check on me. By the time he was wet, I was standing in
shallow water coughing. This would have been the end of the episode,
except that although he removed his wallet (? why a wallet in his swim
trunks) and his glasses, he forgot to remove his 2-way radio from his
Needless to say, the radio was not waterproof. After determining that I
was Ok, he asked if I would walk to the camp office to tell them that his
radio was not working, but that he would try to dry it out. Already
exhausted, I walked about 2/3 mile to the office. There I was told that
a new radio needed to be sent to the waterfront, but there was no one
available to take it. Of course, guilt forced me to volunteer. I
walked back to the waterfront with the dry radio, returned the wet one to
the office, and then walked to my camp (only about 1/4 mile).
After an hour's rest on my cot, I went to the Trading Post to check on an
item I wanted. As I waited in line to get in, the two scouters in front
of me were having an antimated discussion about an event at the
waterfront (guess which one). I also learned that during my rest I had
gained a new nickname in recognition of my swimming ability. After a
minute or two, I admitted to them that I was "Shamu".
There were two results of this event. First, I was assigned to help
scouts at the camp build a canvas canoe. It sank in 8 seconds.
Second, at summer camp in 1994, I completed the requirements for
certification as a BSA Life Guard.
Adults can and SHOULD complete the course.
SM T450, Bentonville, Arkansas
1st SA Jambo T1807
I used to be a Bodacious Bobwhite
I am a Razorback
Chickens can't fly, so I am raising EaglesNon habeus malus, habeus equs
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City