Catalina Council hosts many water-based trainings and activities throughout the year.


Cub Scout Water Sports Day

Catalina Council’s 9th Annual Water Sports Day For Cub Scouts – Tiger Cubs, Wolf, Bear, Webelos

Saturday, 7/18/2020- 9am-12pm Belt loop/Pin requirements– 12pm-4pm BSA Snorkeling

Registration: Click Here

Location:  Double V Scout Ranch Pool, 3801 S. Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85713

Cost: $15 with Lunch or 6$ without Lunch

We will have certified instructors and lifeguards, yet each parent should help out someway, since Cub Scouts is a parent-child partnership.  Activities offer various belt loops for rank advancement.


Tiger Elective Adventure: Floats and Boats Wolf Elective Adventures: Spirit of the Water Bear Elective Adventures: Salmon Run Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Aquanaut

Registration & event contact:

For more information contact John Longhofer, at (520) 990-4442 or email:

Scouts BSA Water Sports Day

Catalina Council’s 11th Annual Water Sports Day For Scouts, BSA

Swimming or Lifesaving Merit Badge & Mile Swim

Saturday, 7/25/2020: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

LOCATION: Double V Scout Ranch Pool, 3801 S. Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85713

Registration: Click Here

Cost: $15

Swimming or Lifesaving MBs (if not started signed for one only).  Water requirements:  BRING proof of swim check, BSA A & B Medical forms, and for Merit Badges please bring your Blue Card.  NOTE Scout must have Swimming MB done and completed before doing Lifesaving MB.  Summer Camp partials can be completed here as well, so Blue Cards signed by SM or from Summer Camp must be brought.  Mile Swim is being offered.  Personal items to bring—Swim suit, water bottle, sunscreen, and towel.

Scouts,BSA  Water Sports AM Activities:
Swimming MB
Lifesaving MB

Scouts,BSA  Water Sports PM Activities:
BSA Mile Swim 

Registration & event contact:

John Longhofer, Aquatics Director 520-990-4442


Aquatics Supervision: Swimming & Water Rescue and Paddle Craft Safety Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions about the new aquatics courses.

BSA Lifeguard Application, No. 430-033

This application is for those who participate and have completed the training for BSA Lifeguard, provided only by someone who is currently trained as BSA Aquatics Instructor or as BSA Lifeguard Instructor.

BSA Lifeguard Instructor Manual (2013)

The primary purpose of this training program is no longer to provide units with the skills necessary to conduct safe swimming and boating activities. This revised BSA Lifeguard program is now focused on the need to provide professional lifeguards for BSA-operated facilities, council aquatics committees, and year-round aquatics programming with training that meets the requirements of government agencies at regulated swimming venues. The program is open to all registered adults and older youth (age 15 and older). BSA Lifeguard is recommended for aquatics staff lifeguard training and for those who wish to work as lifeguards for BSA year-round aquatics programs, or who are supporting council aquatics committees, as the next step beyond the Aquatics Supervision programs for unit leaders.

Paddle Craft Safety

BSA Paddle Craft Safety expands Safety Afloat training to include the skills and knowledge needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing or kayaking excursions on flat water.

Kayaking BSA

Kayaking BSA provides an introduction to kayaking skills and safety procedures and serves as a program opportunity for Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing units in camp or out.

Safety Afloat

Safety Afloat 
Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat. (Take the course; link below.)

Safe Swim Defense

Safe Swim Defense
Safe Swim Defense is a plan for conducting swimming activities in a safe manner. (Take the course; link below.)

Scuba BSA

Scuba BSA introduces qualified Boy Scout, Venturing, and registered adult participants to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with scuba diving.

Snorkeling Safety

Snorkeling Safety is the recommended procedure for conducting group snorkeling at a private or public pool, wilderness pond, stream, or wherever the water looks inviting enough to take a dip.

Swimming & Water Rescue

Training for BSA Swimming & Water Rescue provides BSA leaders with information and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to swimming emergencies during unit swimming activities. It expands the awareness instruction provided by Safe Swim Defense training.

Unit Swim Classification Record

To record the classification of nonswimmers, beginners, and swimmers.

Boardsailing BSA Award Application Aquatics Program


Boardsailing BSA

Kayaking BSA

BSA Lifeguard

Mile Swim BSA



Scuba BSA

Snorkeling BSA

BSA Stand Up