Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Swimming-another question
Re: Swimming-another question
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 20:31:00 -0800
At 09:40 AM 2/4/99 EST, Jeff Stine wrote:
> Now for the question, I have a Scout that can swim like a fish
BUT as soon
>as he tries to float, he sinks like a rock. I mean straight down. I am an
>excellent swimmer, scuba diver, and have taught lessons and nothing I have
>tried will let him float. One of my ASM's earned his BSA lifeguard, was an
>instructor, etc, and same deal. We have tried everything in our inventory
>the boy still sinks.
> Would this qualify as being able to be waivered by the Committee.
>certain that they would if we asked. The boy is a very good Scout.
> Jeff Stine SM T-29
Several decades ago, I was a member of the faculty at National Camping
Schhol in the Aquatics Director track. At that time, I was also a Red Cross
Water Safety Instructor, Basic Survival Swimming Instructor, and Advanced
Survival Swimming instructor. I was also the Aquatics Director at Camp
Three Falls in 1975 and 1976.
At that time, the First Class requirement in re the floating portion of the
swimming test read that the Scout had to float on his back, "as nearly
motionless as possible" for one minute. While I do not have a Scout
Handbook immediately at hand, I suspect that this portion of the
requirement remains unchanged.
I had a few "rocks" at Camp Three Falls. Teaching them the technique of
sculling with the hands near the hips usually took care of the sinking
problem. In one case, I had to teach the Scout to both scull and do a
gentle "bicycle" foot pedal at the same time to stay afloat. It took him
a few days to master the combined motions, but he was able to float in a
quite satisfactory manner. Both of these techniques were covered in the
American Red Cross survival swimming curricula.
I recommend you contact the Red Cross and see if one of their Water
Safety Instructor Trainers can help your Scout.
Two URLs which bear on this subject are:
If you haven't tried these techniques with him, try them out and let me
know how it went.
If I may be of any further asistance to you in re this matter, please do
not hesitate to contact me.
Wishing you and yours the very best, I remain...
Rodger Morris firstname.lastname@example.org
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