Longhorn Council - BSA Aquatics Supervision: Swimming & Water Rescue Training

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BSA Aquatics Supervision: Swimming & Water Rescue Training

Event Details

The goal of aquatics in Scouting is "every Scout a swimmer" This training empowers leaders to run aquatic activities safely. 

Longhorn Council Aquatics Committee invites you to join us for a fun day of aquatic training. Training starts at 8am sharp Saturday and will conclude around 5pm. Training is for Scouts/Scouters 15+

Training includes printed learning resources, patch, a light breakfast & lunch. Cost is $30 per person.

Swimming & Water Rescue:

Training for BSA Swimming & Water Rescue 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. Persons completing the training should be better able to assess their preparation to supervise unit swimming events. The BSA recommends that at least one person with this training is present to assist with supervision whenever a unit swims at a location that does not provide lifeguards. This training is open to any registered adult leader, Scout, Venturer, or Explorer who is age 15 or older. The course takes approximately eight hours and is valid for three years. Although the training is consistent with training provided professional lifeguards, the Swimming & Water Rescue course is not a lifeguard training course and is not a substitute for BSA Lifeguard training for summer camp aquatics staff. On the other hand, this course addresses important information that may not be covered in generic lifeguard training programs such as: preventative measures, including the buddy system and swim classification tests; how to set up a safe swim area in diverse situations; the use of non-standard rescue equipment; and emergency action plans in remote settings. Therefore, BSA leaders with lifeguard training from other agencies are encouraged to complete this course prior to supervising unit swim activities in remote settings. Adult and youth first aid training, including CPR, is an important safety consideration for all Scouting activities, not just swimming. First aid training is not included in the Swimming & Water Rescue course with the expectation the leader has addressed this need separately, as noted in the course material and on the training card. Online Safe Swim Defense is a prerequisite. 

Prerequisite online trainings are found at my.Scouting.org. Please bring printed hard copy if your certificate of completion to training. 

Packing List: Sun Screen, Pool Shoes (the bricks get hot), Swim Suits, Rash Guards, Towels, Hat, Water Bottle, Snacks, Notebook/Laptop, Pen/Pencil, SSD Card.


When & Where
Aquatics Supervision Swimming & Water Rescue
Worth Ranch
Saturday 05-06-2023
8:00 AM CT to 5:00 PM CT Past
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