Aquatic activities can be fun and exciting. But, inadequately supervised, they can also be dangerous. BE PREPARED AND BE TRAINED! To assist with aquatic safety for your unit, the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council’s Aquatics Committee is offering the following programs:
Swimming and Water Rescue and Paddle Craft Safety
Strongly recommended for swimming and boating activities under the new Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. Required for a unit to swim without a lifeguard on Council properties or to boat on Council properties or with Council equipment.
The Swimming and Water Rescue course takes approximately eight hours and the Paddle Craft Safety course (which includes both canoeing and kayaking) takes approximately 12 hours. Certifications last for three years. Paddle Craft Safety will cover both canoeing and kayaking. Certification patches and cards will be awarded upon successful completion of the course(s).
Kayaking Merit Badge Workshop
The requirements for being a kayaking merit badge counselor require certain levels of training. This workshop will provide that training. Be prepared to teach other class members. Participants must possess good kayaking skills and be familiar with the Kayaking Merit Badge pamphlet.
BSA Lifeguard—Basic Course and Recertification
This course may be presented, based on interest. Contact Bill Bode by email (email@example.com) or phone (813) 382-9262), regarding dates, requirements and details.
Requirements for participation and information on check-in varies by course. Note that all courses will offered at the same time, so you will only be able to take one of them. Please check the Registration and Information Flyer (link below) for more information and instructions.
Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat
Both training programs are available online at my.scouting.org and may be offered locally from time to time, check the council calendar.
- Log into my.scouting.org
- BSA Learning Center (on the right side of the page)
- Course Catalog (middle top of page)
- Select search put in the course code
Safe Swim Defense is SCO_801
Safety Afloat is SCO_802
Aquatics Leaders Needed
Aquatics Instructors are always needed for Cub Day Camps and Summer Camps at Sand Hill Scout Reservation. This would involve becoming a BSA Lifeguard and attending a week long aquatics school. Those wishing to help with Cub Day Camp could attend either the 7-day or a shortened 4-day school and only need to hold a current BSA Lifeguard certification. For more information, please email Bruce Hoover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Aquatics Training
- For information on the next course, contact Bruce Hoover by e-mail, or phone 727-307-6268