Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: First class swimming problem
Re: First class swimming problem
Fri, 27 Aug 1999 20:00:28 -0400
It kind of sounds like the scout is being rushed into finishing his first
class rank. Did the scout pass his swim test? I think most people would
agree that swimming is a very important skill to learn. You said that he
was taking lessons for the past three months. What was the quality of his
instruction? There is a big diffrence between a one on one coaching and
being lost in a class of 30.
A scout will learn swimming at his own pace. Instead of removing clothing
in deep water how about practicing several times in shallow water. Then
when he gets his confidance up try deeper water.
I am not impressed with the lifesaving skills of the guard on duty. He or
she should never have gotten tangled up with the boy (reach, throw, row, go
with support). Because of this accident the scout is more scared then ever
(as apposed to a quick rescue).
I don't know if I answered your question or not. It is kind of hard to
judge without knowing the scouts skills. Above all work on the basics and
make sure the scout is a swimmer before you have them do clothing inflation
in deep water.
Yours in Scouting
Hidden Valley Scout Reservation 94-95