Re: Safe Swim Defense
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Thu, 30 Oct 1997 17:40:30 -0500
Storms, Randy wrote, in part:
> 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?
I think common sense is called for. If the facility has adequate safety
measures in place, insisting on ever detail of SSD seems overly
> 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.
Here, I'd suggest you adopt such parts of SSD as you deem necessary (or
the whole thing!) if you don't deem the existing measures adequate.
> 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?
Only in part. If the facility provides equivalent safety features, I'd
relax and enjoy the event. IMHO, the SSD is only REQUIRED when the
SCOUTS are running the event, not necessarily when someone else is
responsible. OTOH, safety is paramount, and if you are uncomfortable
with the facility's procedures, you should impose such additional
requirements on the Scout participants as may be necessary to assure
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City