BSA AQUATICS SUPERVISION
PADDLE CRAFT SAFETY 2017
1 1/2 days course:
Friday, 6/16 & Saturday, 6/17
This course provides BSA leaders and older Scouts with information and skills to confidently supervise canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding excursions on flat water. Topics covered include: canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, as well as navigation skills, terminology, stroke, maneuvering, safety, recovery and rescue with watercraft. Training is 1 1/2 days long: Friday evening 5-9pm classroom & Saturday 8am-6pm water skills at lake. First aid training, including CPR, is not included in this course. (First Aid classes: 8 hours Basic First Aid, CPR & AED are being offered 4/29; 8am-5pm at Scout Office or 2 days/16 hours course Wilderness First Aid 4/22-23 at Double V Scout Ranch.)
The course expands the awareness instruction provided by Safety Afloat training. It includes the skills and knowledge needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding excursions on flat water, as well as supervise and counsel canoeing and kayaking merit badges. The training is open to any registered adult leader, Scout, Venturer, or Explorer age 15 or older. After successful completion of this course a training card, patch, and rocker will be issued; certificate is valid for three years.
Friday, 6/16; 5-9pm—(the NEW) Scout Office, 2250 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719, class instruction.
Saturday, 6/17; 8am-6pm—Sahuarita Lake Park, 15466 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd., Sahuarita, AZ 85629. Training will be at North ramada, so park on street or at North parking lot on S. Camino Lago Azul.
PREREQUISITES: Age 15 or older. Must pass the BSA Swimmer Test to participate. This course involves swimming; therefore, participants must meet Personal Health Review criteria. Participants must turn in and bring current BSA Medical Form Parts A & B, Safe Swim, and Safety Afloat training card before or upon arrival at lake. Also, download PDF and bring a copy of the Aquatics Supervision Manual 430-501:
WHAT TO EXPECT: During this course, among other things, you will:
- Select a lifejacket of appropriate size and demonstrate proper fit
- Demonstrate feet-up floating position used if caught in a current
- Demonstrate H.E.L.P. and Huddle positions
- Capsize and swim a canoe and kayak to shore
- Transport your canoe and kayak from rack or trailer to water’s edge
- Safely board and launch your watercraft
- Travel 50 yards in a straight line, stop, move sideways, pivot, return to shore
- Land, safely exit, and store your watercraft
- Demonstrate throwing a rescue bag for accuracy
- Demonstrate a boat rescue of a swimmer
- Demonstrate an on-water boat-over-boat assist
- Successfully answer 80% of the questions on the written exam covering Safety Afloat, trip preparation, emergency action plans, and basic boating knowledge
Registration & event contact:
John Longhofer, Aquatics Director 520-990-4442
Fee $30, includes lunch & snack on Saturday; spaces limited; deadline 6/14.