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Welcome!. Make yourself comfortable. We will start soon. Safe Swim Defense. Instructor: George Crowl . Safe Swim Defense. What is the requirement before a BSA group engages in swimming activity? Minimum of one adult leader must: Complete Safe Swim Defense training

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Welcome!

Make yourself comfortable.

We will start soon.


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Safe

Swim

Defense

Instructor: George Crowl


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Safe Swim Defense

  • What is the requirement before a BSA group engages in swimming activity?

    • Minimum of one adult leader must:

      • Complete Safe Swim Defense training

      • Have a commitment card with them

      • Agree to use the eight points of the plan


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Eight Points ofSafe Swim Defense

  • Qualified supervision

  • Physical fitness

  • Safe area

  • Lifeguards on duty

  • Lookout

  • Ability groups

  • Buddy system

  • Discipline


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1. Qualified Supervision

  • Mature and conscientious adult, 21 or over

  • Accepts responsibility for safety of youth

  • Experienced in the water

  • Confident of ability to respond to an emergency

  • Trained and committed to eight points of SSD

  • Strongly recommended at least one adult or older youth qualified as BSA lifeguard


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2. Physical Fitness

  • Evidence of physical fitness (complete health history from parent / physician)

    • Require a physical if problems are identified

    • Those with disabilities can be accommodated if they are known and precautions taken


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3. Safe Area

  • Three groups

    • Maximum 3.5 feet for non-swimmers

    • Just over head for beginners

    • Maximum 12 feet for swimmers

  • Bottom

  • Boundaries—buoys, lines

  • Diving, jumping

  • Visibility


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4. Lifeguards on Duty

  • Swim only when lifeguards are on duty

  • The unit may designate two strong swimmers

    • Equipped with a lifeline (100 ft of 3/8” nylon)

    • One goes, other pulls rescuer and rescuee in

    • Rowboat is good

    • One lifeguard for every 10 swimmers


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5. Lookout

  • Lookout can see everywhere

  • May be the adult in charge


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6. Ability Groups

  • Non-swimmers, beginners, swimmers

  • Beginners: jump feet first in water over head, swim 25 feet, stop, turn, return to starting point

  • Swimmers: jump feet first in water over head, swim 75 yeards strongly using sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl. Then swim 25 yards using resting backstroke. No stops, one sharp turn, followed by floating.

  • Annual testing


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7. Buddy System

  • Pair by ability group

  • Check-in / check-out together

  • Buddy check every 10 minutes

    • Count to 10 slowly (10 seconds)


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8. Discipline

  • Swimming is allowed only with proper supervision and complete Safe Swim Defense

  • Review the rules before the outing

  • Review the rules on the beach

  • Enforce the rules fairly and consistently


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Eight Points ofSafe Swim Defense

  • Qualified supervision

  • Physical fitness

  • Safe area

  • Lifeguards on duty

  • Lookout

  • Ability groups

  • Buddy system

  • Discipline


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Resources

  • Who can teach SSD to young people?

    • YOUcan

  • What are your teaching resources?

    • Scout Handbook

    • Guide to Safe Scouting

  • Who are your lifeguard / supervision resources?

    • Parents

    • Youth




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Safety

Afloat

Instructor: George Crowl


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Safety Afloat

  • What is the requirement before a BSA group engages in excursion, expedition or trip on water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube, or other craft?

    • Adult leaders must:

      • Complete Safety Afloat training

      • Have a commitment card with them

      • Agree to use the nine points of the plan


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Nine Points ofSafety Afloat

  • Qualified supervision

  • Physical fitness

  • Swimming ability

  • Personal flotation equipment

  • Buddy system

  • Skill proficiency

  • Planning

  • Equipment

  • Discipline


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1. Qualified Supervision

  • Mature and conscientious adult, 21 or over

  • Accepts responsibility for safety of youth

  • Experienced in the water

  • Confident of ability to respond to an emergency

  • Trained and committed to eight points of SSD

  • Strongly recommended at least one adult or older youth qualified as BSA lifeguard


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2. Physical Fitness

  • Evidence of physical fitness(complete health history from parent / physician)

    • Require a physical if problems are identified

    • Those with disabilities can be accommodated if they are known and precautions taken


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3. Swimming Ability

  • Non-swimmers, beginners: may ride in rowboat or motorboat with an adult swimmer, or in a canoe, raft or sailboat with an adult certified lifesaver

  • Swimmers: in all other circumstances, must be a swimmer to participate in an activity afloat.

  • Annual testing


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4. Personal Flotation Equipment

  • Properly fitted

  • USCG approved

  • Worn by everyone on the open water

    • Rowing, canoeing, sailing, boardsailing, motorboating, waterskiing, rafting, tubing, kayaking, surfboarding

  • Type II / III preferred


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5. Buddy System

  • Adhere to the principles of the buddy system

  • Individual buddies (may be more than one)

  • “Buddy boats” on the water


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6. Skill Proficiency

  • Everyone trained and experienced in watercraft handling skills, safety, and emergency procedures

  • Whitewater: All complete special whitewater training by BSA or qualified specialist

  • Powerboats: Meet BSA Motorboating merit badge or equivalent

  • Otherwise: Three hours training and practice or “basic handling tests” for float trips or open water excursions in unpowered craft


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7. Planning

  • Float plan—in, out, stopovers, time, maps, etc.

  • Local rules—written permission to cross private property

  • Notification—parents / committee / council / agencies / return

  • Weather check

  • Contingencies


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8. Equipment

  • Suited to the craft, water conditions, individual

  • Good repair

  • State and USCG requirements

  • Carry spares

  • Carry repair material on trips

  • Have rescue equipment


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9. Discipline

  • All know, understand and respect rules and procedures for Safety Afloat

  • Review the rules before the outing

  • Review the rules on the beach

    • Insure Scouts understand “why”

  • Enforce the rules fairly and consistently


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Summary ofSafety Afloat

  • Qualified supervision

  • Physical fitness

  • Swimming ability

  • Personal flotation equipment

  • Buddy system

  • Skill proficiency

  • Planning

  • Equipment

  • Discipline


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Chapter XII — Transportation

  • Do not tow rowboats or canoes w / sail / power

  • Canoeists need “swamping” training

  • Sail / power boats need 10 cubic ft / person

  • Canoe / row boats need 7 cubic ft / person

  • Sail / power boats need oars / paddles also

  • Ventilate bilges of gasoline / oil fumes

  • “Jet skis” are not authorized in Scouting

  • Metal-to-metal contact when refueling




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