Aquatics Instructor, BSA

7 day course; begins with lunch Day 1 - ends Day 7 after breakfast
Aquatics and Shooting Sports


Designed for resident camp aquatics directors, pool directors, and waterfront directors. This section addresses the role of the camp aquatics director operating as the Lead Professional Lifeguard, Lead Instructor for Aquatics and Aquatics Area Manager. Aquatics management includes safe and effective supervision of all program activities in, on, and under the water. Instructor emphasis is on the skills and teaching of swimming, water rescue, and paddle sports. The lead professional lifeguard role includes lifeguard management and lifeguard instruction.

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, YMCA Lifeguard, Starfish Aquatics Institute StarGuard, Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Training Program, 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. This specifically includes failure to provide evidence of a current lifeguard certification. The Aquatics Instructor, BSA program prepares the participant to be a BSA Lifeguard Instructor. A current lifeguard certification is a pre-requisite so the participant has the base level knowledge and lifeguarding experience to successfully complete the Lifeguard Instructor training.

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