Thu, 9 Oct 1997 19:15:08 -0300
I am a certified Scuba Instructor, and spent several years working as
such at the BSA Florida Sea Base.
I am not sure what BSA has officially put out regarding Scuba diving
activities at campouts, however I have a couple of thoughts.
1. Ensure each participant has a very thorough physical prior to
commencing any certification activities, Ensure that their doctor is
aware that it is for the purpose of Scuba Diving!
2. Ensure that you do any certification process through a reputable dive
shop, they are a dime a dozen there in Florida, and you certainly want
the scouts to receive a quality course of instruction.
3. I know of some young scuba divers, but 12 may be a bit too young, I
believe it is still Sea Base policy to require scouts be 13 prior to
using scuba gear.
4. I would certainly recommend you look into the scuba programs at Sea
Base, they have a certification program that is simply the best in the
country, or if your scouts chose to get certified at home, the Scuba
Adventure program gives some great experience and some of the best
diving available in the United States.
Good Luck in your quest, but by all means, keep safety #1.
Scott Payne wrote:
> What is BSA stand on SCUBA. We have a number of our scouts (12 & 13 year
> olds) looking to take SCUBA lessons. They are trying to plan a camping
> trip where they can dive. I do not see how you can practice safe swim
> defense and SCUBA dive. Anyone know the rules?
> Scott Payne
> CC Troop 488
> Largo, FL
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