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For Scouts wanting to work on Aquatics requirements, including Swim Checks, 2nd and 1st Class requirements, Swimming or Lifesaving merit badge requirements, Cub Scout Aquatics Advancement, and more!
NEW Stand-Up Paddleboarding Award!
It’s been approved! The Stand-Up Paddleboarding Award was rolled out May 2013. This award is along the same lines as Kayaking BSA, Mile Swim BSA, and Boardsailing BSA and can be earned by both youth and adults. This award has been developed in response to the increase in popularity of stand-up paddleboarding in recent years. This sport has grown dramatically, not only on the coasts but on inland recreational waterways as well.
What happened to BSA Lifeguard?
For many years BSA Lifeguard has served two purposes -- skill training for adult leaders supervising unit activities and training for summer camp aquatics staff. During that time the aquatics program has become more complex and the expected standard of care has been more clearly defined by government agencies. One program can no longer serve two purposes. Closely aligned with American Red Cross Lifeguarding, the new focus of BSA Lifeguard is that of professional lifeguarding --mainly for summer camp Aquatic Staff.
As a result, the National Aquatics Task Force has created a new training to fit the need of adult leaders and the unit --Aquatics Supervision: Swimming & Water Rescue course. This course will provide BSA leaders (and youth 15+ years) with the information and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to swimming emergencies during unit swimming activities. The BSA recommends that at least one person with this training be present to assist with supervision whenever a unit swims at a location that does not provide lifeguards. For more information about this new course, please click here.