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==Personal Flotation Device==
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{{quote-source|Properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) must be worn by all persons engaged in activity on the open water (rowing, canoeing, sailing, boardsailing, motorboating, waterskiing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking).
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Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved equipment (types I, II, or III) is acceptable for use in Scouting aquatics. Ski belts are not acceptable. Scouts and unit leaders should learn which type is appropriate for each specific circumstance and how to wear and check for proper fit.|[http://speakers.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#f Guide to Safe Scoutiing]}}
<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/25736_creeking-equipment-pfd.htm How to Pick a PFD for Canoeing]
<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/25736_creeking-equipment-pfd.htm How to Pick a PFD for Canoeing]
* [http://www.discoverboating.com/resources/pfd.aspx Types of PFDs] - [http://lifesavingsport.com/wet-clothes/swimming/survival/floating.html PFD HELP and huddle positions] - [http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_13765.aspx HELP position] - [http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_13764.aspx Huddle position] - [http://www.boatingbasicsonline.com/content/general/4_2_a.php Boating Basics: PFDs] - [http://www.uscgboating.org/SAFETY/fedreqs/equ_pfd.htm US Coast Guard Requirements]
* [http://www.discoverboating.com/resources/pfd.aspx Types of PFDs] - [http://lifesavingsport.com/wet-clothes/swimming/survival/floating.html PFD HELP and huddle positions] - [http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_13765.aspx HELP position] - [http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_13764.aspx Huddle position] - [http://www.boatingbasicsonline.com/content/general/4_2_a.php Boating Basics: PFDs] - [http://www.uscgboating.org/SAFETY/fedreqs/equ_pfd.htm US Coast Guard Requirements]
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==Snorkling==
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{{quote-source|The Snorkeling BSA requirements introduce Scout-age children and adult leaders to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with snorkeling; encourage the development of aquatics skills that promote fitness and recreation; and provide a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity.
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Snorkeling Safety is the recommended procedure for conducting BSA swimming activities using masks, fins, and snorkels. Since snorkeling is a swimming activity, Safe Swim Defense guidelines are applicable. Snorkeling Safety clarifies and extends Safe Swim Defense concepts to situations encountered during training and open water snorkeling.|[http://speakers.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#l Guide to Safe Scouting]}}
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/827_snorkeling.htm Snorkeling]<br>
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== SCUBA==
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{{quote-source|Any person possessing, displaying, or using scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) in connection with any Scouting-related activity must either be currently certified by, or enrolled in a training course authorized by the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), or Scuba Schools International (SSI). These agencies are recognized by the Boy Scouts of America for scuba training and instruction. Alternatively, if PADI, NAUI, or SSI training and instruction is not available, certification may be accepted from other agencies that comply with Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) guidelines, provided that such acceptance has been expressly approved by the BSA local council in consultation with the BSA national Health and Safety Service.|[http://speakers.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#k Guide to Safe Scouting]}}
<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1916_scuba-diving-safety.htm SCUBA Diving]
<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/1916_scuba-diving-safety.htm SCUBA Diving]
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Revision as of 17:14, May 5, 2009

MeritBadge.Org offers Swimming Skills resources for
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Ventures!
Dozens of video links show you how to do key skills.

Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card (No. 34243) with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan.
Guide to Safe Scouting, II. Aquatics Safety

While your handbook is your primary resource, the links below can help you learn your Swimming Skills. See the Disclaimers.   Videos show you key skills.

Contents
Swimming Strokes
Backstroke (Back Crawl)
Elementary Backstroke
Breaststroke
Butterfly
Freestyle (Front Crawl)
Sidestroke
Swimming Underwater
Trudgen
Kicks
Related SkillsFloating
Survival Floating
Treading Water
PFD
Diving
Snorkling
SCUBA
Swimming Turns
Surface Diving
Lifesaving Skills
Reach, Throw, Row, Go


Swimming Strokes

Shortcut:
Swimming Strokes

  Swimming Lesson Videos - How to Swim

Backstroke
Shortcut:
Backstroke - Back Crawl

  Backstroke (Back Crawl)

Elementary Backstroke
Shortcut:
Elementary Backstroke

  Video: Elementary Backstroke

Breaststroke
Shortcut:
Breaststroke

  Breaststroke

Butterfly
Shortcut:
Butterfly

  Butterfly

Freestyle
Shortcut:
Freestyle - Crawl - Front Crawl

  Freestyle (Front Crawl)

arm action - breathing

Sidestroke
Shortcut:
Sidestroke

  Sidestroke

Trudgen
Shortcut:
Trudgen

  Trudgeon



Floating

Shortcut:
Floating

  Float - Teaching kids to float


Survival Floating

Shortcut:
Survival Floating

  Survival Floating


Treading Water

Shortcut:
Treading Water

  Tread Water


Personal Flotation Device

Shortcut:
Personal Flotation Device - PFD
Properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) must be worn by all persons engaged in activity on the open water (rowing, canoeing, sailing, boardsailing, motorboating, waterskiing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking).

Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved equipment (types I, II, or III) is acceptable for use in Scouting aquatics. Ski belts are not acceptable. Scouts and unit leaders should learn which type is appropriate for each specific circumstance and how to wear and check for proper fit.

Guide to Safe Scoutiing

  How to Pick a PFD for Canoeing


Kicks

Shortcut:
Kicks

  Flutter Kick (or Freestyle Kick) - Frog Kick (or Breaststroke Kick) - Dolphin Kick (or Butterfly Kick)


Diving

Shortcut:
Diving

  Diving Safety - Racing Dive


Snorkling

The Snorkeling BSA requirements introduce Scout-age children and adult leaders to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with snorkeling; encourage the development of aquatics skills that promote fitness and recreation; and provide a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity.

Snorkeling Safety is the recommended procedure for conducting BSA swimming activities using masks, fins, and snorkels. Since snorkeling is a swimming activity, Safe Swim Defense guidelines are applicable. Snorkeling Safety clarifies and extends Safe Swim Defense concepts to situations encountered during training and open water snorkeling.

Guide to Safe Scouting
Shortcut:
Snorkling

  Snorkeling


SCUBA

Shortcut:
SCUBA - Scuba
Any person possessing, displaying, or using scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) in connection with any Scouting-related activity must either be currently certified by, or enrolled in a training course authorized by the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), or Scuba Schools International (SSI). These agencies are recognized by the Boy Scouts of America for scuba training and instruction. Alternatively, if PADI, NAUI, or SSI training and instruction is not available, certification may be accepted from other agencies that comply with Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) guidelines, provided that such acceptance has been expressly approved by the BSA local council in consultation with the BSA national Health and Safety Service.
Guide to Safe Scouting

  SCUBA Diving


Swimming Underwater

Shortcut:
Swimming Underwater

  Swimming Underwater


Swimming Turns

Shortcut:
Swimming Turns

  Open Turns - Flip Turns


Surface Diving

Shortcut:
Surface Diving


Lifesaving Skills

Shortcut:
Lifesaving Skills
Reach, Throw, Row, Go
Shortcut:
Reach, Throw, Row, Go

  Reach, Throw, Row, Go (with animation at the end) - Reach - Throw


Related Awards

Aquatic Award Links
Aquatic-related awards


See also


External links

Disclaimers

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional advice or training.

Please note that the only Swimming, Lifesaving, First Aid, and CPR materials recommended by the Boy Scouts of America are those found or listed in official BSA materials such as the current Swimming or Lifesaving Merit Badge Books and Boy Scout Handbook. Swimming, Lifesaving, First Aid, and CPR guidelines are constantly being revised. Neither MeritBadge.Org, nor its contributors make any recommendations.

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