Adult Leader Training - Aquatics

Aquatics offers many trainings and recreational opportunities for adult leaders during the week. For a summary of all trainings, including course fees, see the chart below.

These two trainings are designed for leaders who are interested in gaining a better understanding of BSA Aquatics policy as it applies to swimming and boating activities. The sessions are entirely classroom-based and will be held in the Aquatics area on Monday morning at 9:00am.
These two courses (Swimming & Water Rescue; Paddle Craft Safety) are designed to give hands-on experience to leaders who are interested in leading aquatic activities in their units, such as troop swims or boating trips. Attendance at the Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat trainings (Monday at 9:00am) is mandatory. Participants in the Aquatics Supervision courses will then put the policies into practice on the water during the rest of the course by learning reaching rescues, throwing rescues, going rescues, spinal management, and some basic boating skills. Bring a bathing suit, towel, and shoes for boating that can get wet..
This rigorous program certifies an adult leader to be a BSA and American Red Cross lifeguard. Participants are required to spend almost all of their time in the Aquatics area, including evening free swims. Physical strength, stamina, strong swimming skills, and a great deal of written work is required, including three written tests. There is an additional fee for program materials.
Recertification of BSA Lifeguard is available for those with current certification or whose certification has expired within the past six months. Interested candidates should speak with the Aquatics Director during the Sunday check-in process.

ARC = American Red Cross

Training Program

Tentative Schedule*


Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat

Mon 9:00am–11:00am


Aquatics Supervision Courses
   Swimming & Water Rescue
   Paddle Craft Safety

Mon–Wed 9:00am–12:00pm


BSA/ARC Lifeguarding
    (includes BSA Lifeguard, American Red Cross Lifeguarding with Waterfront Module, and First Aid/CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer)

Mon–Fri 9:00am–5:00pm and
Mon/Tue/Thur 7:15pm–8:45pm


*Inclement weather may require adjustments to training schedules and will be announced on a case-to-case basis.