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Aquatics Safety

This is the entertaining but effective online introduction to two major BSA safety training units: Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. In the first unit, we'll cover the eight crucial defenses for safe waterfront activity in Scouting (supervision, fitness, safe area, lifeguards, lookouts, ability grouping, buddy system, and discipline). Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan.

In the second section, we review the boating safety unit, Safety Afloat, and cover the nine defenses for safe boating activity. Please note that review of either or both of these units online is considered helpful but does not meet all the BSA qualifications for conducting water-related programs. For more, and before conducting any waterfront or boating activities, contact your local council.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course has not yet been converted to the new format (which automatically updates your training record if you provided a member number as part of your user profile). To obtain credit for completing this training, provide a copy of the certificate you can print at the end of each section to your local council.