Seascout-Net Mail Archive for May of 1999: Safety Afloat
Fri, 07 May 1999 06:39:48 -0400
In my opinion, for whatever that's worth, the Guide to Safe
Scouting (G2SS) does *not* supersede the Safe Boating Standards (SBS).
They are complementary, with the SBS being ADDITIONS TO the Safety
Afloat Plan (SAP) described in the G2SS.
There is nothing in the SAP that declares these SBS to be obsolete. On
the contrary. There's a note at the end of that section that
specifically states that the SBS apply to all "cruising" boats over 20
feet in length (except rowboats, canoes, kayaks, rafts, etc.).
The first portion of the SBS lists those boats that are EXEMPT from
them: Row Boats, Canoes, Open Cockpit Sailboats, Small Vessels Propelled
Solely by Oars or Paddles; and states that the safety standards for
those exmempt boats are the BSA Aquatic Safety Standards as published in
"Safety Afloat," Guide to Safe Scouting, No. 34410. (Then, #33416B for
By elimination, that seems to mean that the SBS apply to larger
sailboats (those with an enclosed cabin, and probably an auxiliary
engine) and all power boats.
Thus, both documents recognize the existance and applicablility of the
other. Both agree that the SAP covers all hand propelled boats and all
open cockpit sailboats under 20', and that the SBS covers all closed
cockpit sailboats over 20' and all power boats over 20'.
That leaves open cockpit sailboats over 20' (which neither one claims to
cover), enclosed cabin sailboats under 20' (which both claim to cover),
and power boats under 20' (which both claim to cover). But, even where
both claim coverage, the requirements are not mutually exclusive. It is
easily possible to comply with both. The SBS supplements the SAP.
I've been teaching this to my BSA Lifeguard students and Scout Leaders
in my SAP classes for the past 4 years: The SAP covers all unpowered
craft; BOTH cover all powered craft, including all sailboats with
Mark Ritter - RitterME@stny.lrun.com - Committee Member
Sea Scout Ship 90 - The S.S.S. North Star - New Milford PA
To leave Seascout-Net, send the following message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>: