Olan Watkins (OlanWatkins@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 10 Oct 1997 12:55:32 -0400
Fm: bruce maxim > INTERNET:email@example.com
> 10-Oct-97 01:48:12
> Sb: SCUBA
> Fm: Comnav > INTERNET:dgill02@SNET.NET
> 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 div=
> 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.
PADI will certify Jr Open Water Divers as young as 12. I would insist tha=
kids this young only be included if a parent or another adult serves as
their buddy (maturity and physical strength can be an issue).
> 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.
> Dan Gill
> Scott Payne wrote:
> > What is BSA stand on SCUBA. We have a number of our scouts (12 & 13 =
> > olds) looking to take SCUBA lessons. They are trying to plan a campi=
> > trip where they can dive. I do not see how you can practice safe swi=
> > defense and SCUBA dive. Anyone know the rules?
> > Scott Payne
> > CC Troop 488
> > Largo, FL
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