BSA Aquatics Supervision: Swimming & Water Rescue and Paddle Craft Safety Training
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 weekend of aquatic training. Training starts at 8pm Friday night and will conclude Sunday no later then 5pm. This weekend event offers two trainings in one! Saving you $20 and an entire weekend! Training is for Scouts/Scouters 15+
Training includes printed learning resources, patch, and meals. Cost is $50 per person.
Paddle Craft Safety:
Float trips are popular Boy Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout activities. Safety Afloat awareness training provides guidelines for safe float trips and is required of unit leaders, but does not provide the skill training mandated by those guidelines. BSA Paddle Craft Safety expands Safety Afloat training to include the skills, as well as the knowledge, needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing or kayaking excursions. The program contains four separate modules. Basic canoeing and basic kayaking options cover flat water skills. River canoeing and river kayaking options build on the basic programs to include moving water. Persons completing the training should be better prepared to supervise paddle craft activities. The training is open to any registered adult leader, Scout, Venturer, Sea Scout, or Explorer who is age 15 or older. The training must be conducted by a council approved instructor and is valid for three years. Each module takes approximately eight hours. Adult and youth first aid training, including CPR, is an important safety consideration for all Scouting activities, not just boating. First aid training is not included in the Paddle Craft Safety course with the expectation that the leader has addressed that need separately, as noted in the course material and on the training card. Float trips that last overnight also require camping skills. Since Scouting emphasizes outdoor skills in many programs, only select items specific to canoeing or kayaking are reviewed in the course material. Online Safety afloat is a prerequisite.
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. A council approved instructor must directly supervise all training. 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. A ‘challenge’ option is provided to foster cross-training of individuals with training from other agencies. 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: Tent, Cot/Bedding, Toiletries/Shower supplies, Sun Screen/Bug Spray, Close toe shoes for the river, Dry shoes for after, Swim Suits, Rash Guards, Towels, Hat, Mess Kit, Water Bottle, Snacks, Flashlight, Small Cracker-barrel contribution, Notebook/Laptop, Pen/Pencil.