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Lifeguard vs Aquatics Supervisor

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Hello!

I'm new to the BSA, my daughter is currently a Bear and next year my twin boys will be Lions....so I've got (hopefully) two decades of scouting ahead. I have the time and resources this year to attend our council's aquatics training weekend(s) and living in SWFL with access to year round water activities make this training particularly useful. My dilemma is which type of training do I do first, lifeguarding or aquatics supervisor (rescue and paddle craft). Both require frequent recertification. Our Weblos den leader is currently trained in both, so there isn't an immediate need for either training.

Mostly looking for advice on what other people found to be the most useful training.

Thanks!

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Welcome to the forum, @PinkPajamas.

As for which training to do, which might be more useful after the webelos den leader leaves? Or just plan on doing both of them over 2 years and have fun picking.

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PP, welcome to the Forums.  Hope you find a comfortable virtual log around our eCampfire….  

As a past Lifeguard (waaaay back), I would advise doing the gradual rather than the all at once thing.  If you are a competent swimmer, get BSA Lifeguard certified first.  If done correctly, you should also get a Red Cross cert too.  This will naturally lead to the  Waterfront Aquatics Manager Supervisor (or whatever it is called these days).  You've got time.  The Lifeguard thing can lead to a part time job (?) but the Supervisor thing is meant for folks that want a longer term gig.  

Good luck to you and your Scouts.  KiS, MiF.,,  

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1) WELCOME TO DA FORUMS! ( and yes that is me shouting my welcome at you ;)

2) Maybe I can help.

BSA Lifeguard, and some places offer duel ARC Lifeguard certification, is a nationally recognized, professional lifeguard certification that equips folks to work at pools. It is heavily based on the ARC Lifeguard course, using their videos and books if I remember correctly. When I did BSA Lifeguard, If I wanted to pay the extra money and take the ARC Lifeguard test, I could be duel certified. ARC Lifeguard is a more recognizable certification, and some states do not recognize BSA Lifeguard ( an aside, some states also do not recognize Lifeguard Instructor Certification as a "Lifeguard Certification" i.e. NJ). The emphasis is on pools with one canoe rescue when I did BSA Lifeguard a few years back. It also requires a specific number of hours. As SSScout said, it can lead to a job, especially for youth doing a duel BSA/ARC Lifeguard certification.

 

The two separate Aquatic Supervision Courses, Swimming and Water Rescue and Paddle Craft Safety , are not professional certifications. They are step above Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. They are designed to give Scouters the skills for beach front swimming activities and conducting boating activities, specifically canoeing, kayaking, or both depending upon the course. That includes rescues. Again if memory serves, the two Aquatic Supervision courses are using some of the Waterfront Aquatics Manager Supervisor material, but as it relates to BSA. AND IT IS NOT CONSIDERED A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION ( caps for emphasis, not shouting.

 

I've done all three. The Aquatic Supervision certs are 3 years, while BSA Lifeguard is 2 years. I had overlap. I plan to recertify in the Supervision courses as they appeal more to Scouting than the Lifeguard class.

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@PinkPajamas, welcome to the forums and thanks in advance for all you will do for the youth!

All the cool kids have BSA Guard. :D

Yes re-certifying requires a commitment. Especially the older you get (or is it the younger the instructors get?) and the harder it is to complete those sprints. At our boy scout camp, both can be earned in the same week. But, my time has become spread so thin, that I'm having difficulty freeing up a week to do it.

If you can't do both in one fell swoop, I'd recommend you get BSA Guard first, then add the other one at a later date.

Then, and this is the crux of the matter, find time to assist at aquatics areas. That's how you stay fresh.

If this isn't practical because someone else can't watch your kids, then focus on them. They are priority #1. Get them trained. There is no greater peace of mind than knowing that your kids can get themselves out of a rip current. Swimming 100 yards in a strong manner in the right direction solves lots of problems. As they mature, keep challenging them and in the process sharpen your skills. Then if the dark day comes when forestalling death is in your hands, the odds will tilt in your favor if the four of you are competent.

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