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Aquatics

Kayaking Safety

Kayaking BSA provides an introduction to kayaking skills and safety procedures and serves as a program opportunity for Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing units in camp or out.

 

BSA Lifeguard Certification

BSA Lifeguard provides professional-level training for lifeguards at unit or summer camp swimming activities and is provided locally by qualified instructors who are authorized by the local council.  The lifeguard course will be conducted beginning Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The training course is divided into eight sessions each lasting approximately three hours. Training will conclude on Saturday. Participants must be a capable swimmer at least 15 years of age.  A capable swimmer is one who can swim 550 yards using the elementary backstroke, the breaststroke, the sidestroke, and either the crawl or trudgen, perform a surface dive and demonstrate the ability to rest by floating.

TIME: Check in Thursday between 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Pool, Lifeguard instructions begins at 1 p.m.; Checkout Saturday at 5 p.m.

DATE: TBD

PLACE:  Camp Karankawa, 3249 FM 1459 Rd., Sweeney, TX 77480

COST:
$75 for registered Scouts
$97 for Non-Scouters
$20 for CPR only

FREE - Staff only

CONTACT: Dianna Marsh at dianna.marsh@scouting.org

REGISTER BY: TBD

REGISTER HERE

PLEASE BRING:
Current
BSA Health Form
Tent
Chair
Sleeping gear
Sunscreen, bug repellent
Swimwear, flip flops
Closed toed-shoes (Also required)

Pen & Paper
Lunch supplies (We will provide breakfast and one hot meal per day.  We will have ice chests available for cold food storage.)
Mask, snokel, fins (Not required but recommended)

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will be camping at the pool during the course. Adults do not have to camp overnight, but it is recommended. Participants will need to check into at the pool area between 8:30 and 12:00 pm Thursday morning. Participants should park in the parking area past the leaders lodge and go to the pool's outside pavillion for check in. Note that participants will need to stay the last day until they complete their tests and receive their certifications.

 

Paddle Craft Safety

Paddle Craft Safety expands Safety Afloat training to include the skills and knowledge needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing or kayaking excursions on flat water.

 

Safe Swim Defense

BSA groups shall use Safe Swim Defense for all swimming activities. Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas, such as beaches, at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean. Safe Swim Defense does not apply to boating or water activities, such as waterskiing or swamped boat drills, that are covered by Safety Afloat guidelines. Safe Swim Defense applies to other nonswimming activities whenever participants enter water over knee deep, or when submersion is likely, for example, when fording a stream, seining for bait, or constructing a bridge as a pioneering project. Snorkeling in open water requires each participant to have demonstrated knowledge and skills equivalent to those for Snorkeling BSA, in addition to following Safe Swim Defense. Scuba activities must be conducted in accordance with the BSA Scuba policy found in the Guide to Safe Scouting. Because of concerns with hyperventilation, competitive underwater swimming events are not permitted in Scouting.

Safe Swim Defense training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at myscouting.org.  Confirmation of training is required on tour and activity plans for trips that involve swimming.

 

Safety Afloat

BSA groups shall use Safety Afloat for all boating activities. Adult leaders supervising activities afloat must have completed Safety Afloat training within the previous two years. Cub Scout activities afloat are limited to council or district events that do not include moving water or float trips (expeditions). Safety Afloat standards apply to the use of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, floating tubes, sailboats, motorboats (including waterskiing), and other small craft, but do not apply to transportation on large commercial vessels, such as ferries and cruise ships. Parasailing (being towed airborne behind a boat using a parachute), kitesurfing (using a wakeboard towed by a kite), and recreational use of personal watercraft (small sit-on-top motorboats propelled by water jets) are not authorized BSA activities.

Safety Afloat training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at myscouting.org.  Confirmation of training is required on tour and activity plans for trips that involve boating. Additional guidance on appropriate skill levels and training resources is provided in the Aquatics Supervision guide available from council service centers.

 

Scuba Safety

Scuba BSA introduces qualified Boy Scout, Venturing, and registered adult participants to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with scuba diving.

 

Snorkeling Safety

Snorkeling Safety is the recommended procedure for conducting group snorkeling at a private or public pool, wilderness pond, stream, or wherever the water looks inviting enough to take a dip.

 

Swimming & Water Rescue

Swimming & Water Rescue training provides BSA leaders with information and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to swimming emergencies during unit swimming activities. It expands the awareness instruction provided by Safe Swim Defense training.

 

Online Training

These courses and many others can be taken online at www.myscouting.org.

  • Create an account - this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
  • If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the council office.
  • If you are not yet registered, you can still take training.  Just print the certificate at the end of each course.
  • After your account is created, you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your myscouting.org account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • Once you log in to myscouting.org, click E-Learning on the left side. Trainings are listed under tabs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and General).
  • Submit your certificate of completion to your District Training Chair.

 

Resources

BSA Aquatics Programs
BSA Aquatics Safety
BSA Aquatics Resources Site

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