Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Swimming
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 12:14:19 -0500
Bruce Cobern correctly picks up an error in my written comments. Yes,
the error is that I left out a "negative", but it is also that I didn't
then appropriately differentiate between T-1st and Star-Eagle in this
tapestry that has been woven from the original thread.
Yes, too, in attaining the watersports MBs one should have passed the
BSA Swimming requirements. But, it is also my understanding is that he
need not have received Swimming or Lifesaving MBs. Nor need a boy
receive Swimming or Lifesaving MBs to attain Eagle rank.
And, if waivers are warranted at 2nd & 1st Class, a Scout can
legitimately go the entire path to Eagle without any watersports badges.
My intended point was that Rowboats, Canoes, and Sailboats are the
preferred "platform" for conducting a water rescue for someone out of
reach of a pole or a rope rather than going into the water yourself. I
was responding to those who seemingly equate the skills necessary for
an "in-water" rescue with the rationale that every Scout (non-disAbled)
MUST attain Swimming MB.
Frankly, I would consider it foolhardy for any Scout who had not
received (and passed) Lifesaving training to even attempt an "in-water"
I didn't mean to muddy the waters.