Aquatics Resources

Aquatics Committee Structure for Local Councils

Learn about the duties outlined for a Local Council Aquatics Committee and how to integrate their efforts in your local council structure to support all aquatics activities.

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.

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.

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.

Local Council Aquatics Committee

This document describes the suggested organizational structure for your local councilis committee who coordinates and oversees all aquatics activities for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing.

Safety Afloat

This manual includes Safe Swim Defense training.

Safe Swim Defense


Safe Swim Defense training is intended for use with Scouts and Scouters in a variety of situations. It should be a part of the leader’s training at summer camp and should follow training using the video Scouting Safety … Begins with Leadership, No. AV-09V025. Ideally, every unit in summer camp will have an opportunity to conduct a unit safe swim under its own leadership. A demonstration of basic lifesaving skills is recommended as a part of the training program.

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.

Unit Swim Classification Record

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

Boardsailing BSA Award Application