Aquatics Instructor, BSA

7 day course; begins with lunch Saturday-ends Friday after breakfast
Aquatics and Shooting Sports


Designed for resident camp aquatics directors, pool directors, and waterfront directors. The emphasis of this section is meeting the needs of the resident camp aquatics director operating in their roles as Lead Professional Lifeguard, Lead Instructor for Aquatics and Aquatics Area Manager.

Pre-Requisites for Aquatics Section Enrollment

Before acceptance into the Aquatics Section on the opening day of the National Camping School, an Aquatics section participant must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older. Note: you must be 21 to hold the position of Aquatics Director in a local council camp
  • Present evidence of a current lifeguard certification (BSA Lifeguard, Red Cross Lifeguard, or equivalent).
  • Present evidence of completion of Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat training. Acceptable evidence will be the on-line Safe Swim Defense or Safety Afloat certificates of completion or signed Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat pocket cards.
  • Be able to complete the 100 yard BSA swimmers test.
  • Immediately after completion of the swimmers test, swim continuously for an additional 450 yards.
  • Immediately after completion of the 450 yard swim, tread water for two minutes.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using a front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, surface, swim with the object 20 yards back to the starting point, and exit the water within one minute and 40 seconds

Failure to satisfy any of the above criteria will prevent acceptance of the participant into the Aquatics Section

7 day course; begins with lunch Saturday-ends Friday after breakfast

Upcoming Courses

May 2015
May 16 - 22 H. Roe Bartle SR Osceola, MO
May 16 - 22 Ransburg SR Bloomington, IN
May 16 - 22 Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp Athens, TX
May 23 - 29 Gerber Scout Camp Twin lake, MI
May 23 - 29 Camp Raven Knob Mt. Airy, NC
May 23 - 29 Camp Chawanakee Shaver Lake, CA
May 24 - 30 Camp Tracy Salt Lake City, UT
May 30 - Jun 5 Camp Carlquist Chugiak, AK
May 30 - Jun 5 Ten Mile River Scout Camp Narrowsburg, NY
June 2015
Jun 6 - 12 Cowles Scout Reservation Newport, WA
Jun 6 - 12 Lost Valley Scout Reservation Warner Springs, CA
Jun 6 - 12 Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation Whiteford, MD
Jun 13 - 19 Rotary Scout Reservation Averill Park, NY