Safe Swim Defense
Storms, Randy (rstorms@BHAM.WEDNET.EDU)
Thu, 30 Oct 1997 14:03:00 -0800
A question that surfaced at Basic Leader Training (Scoutmastership
Fundamentals) last week:
When a troop visits a commercial aquatics center (such as a community
pool) for a swim night, is the troop required to adhere to the SSD, or
is it waived in deference to the facility's own safety program?
For instance, our municipal pool does not utilize the buddy system,
ability groups, or lookouts, and the "qualified supervision" is usually
some 19 year-old college student, who is often the only visible guard
for the entire facility.
Our District Exec said that because the pool is liable, we don't need to
worry about it -- but is the purpose of the SSD to limit liability or to
prevent accidents? I say that for *any* scout activity that includes
swimming, the SSD must be followed. Am I wrong?
Scoutmaster, Troop 25
Blaine, WA USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City