Aquatics Programs

BSA Lifeguard 

Times Offered: Arranged with Aquatics Director

Scouts who have earned both Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges may wish to participate in this program. The program has been established as a means of providing units with qualified individuals within their own membership to give knowledgeable supervision for activities on or in the water.

A Scout who wants to participate is required to be at least fourteen years of age, classified as a swimmer and be currently CPR certified. Adults who wish to participate in the program must meet these same requirements.


BSA Aquatics Supervision:  Swimming and Water Rescue

This certification allows you to have the qualified supervision to take your troop swimming as BSA safe swim states.  This certification is for anyone over 16.  This will give you the basic rescue skills you need to supervise a swimming event.  You must be a swimmer to do this class.  It is offered at the same time Lifesaving is offered and requires daily attendance. 

Non-Swimmer Instruction

Times Offered: Daily at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM or By Appointment

Scouts classified as Non-Swimmers on Sunday should enroll in the Non-Swimmer activity period. The goal to make "every Scout a Swimmer" is pursued in giving individual attention to non-swimmers and presenting the opportunity to advance to "Beginner" or "Swimmer" classification.


Beginner Instruction

Times Offered: Daily at 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM or By Appointment

uts classified as Beginner Swimmers on Sunday should enroll in the Beginner Swimming Activity Period. The goal of increasing a Scout's swimming endurance and completing the Second Class and First Class Swimming Requirements is pursued by giving individual instruction. Also, the Beginner will have the opportunity to advance to the "Swimmer" classification. We have a “Leave no Scout behind” policy and will make this activity available in the morning by appointment if necessary.

The Mile Swim

Times Offered: Practice Mon. & Tues. 6:00 AM, Qualify Wed. 6:00 AM

Those wishing to participate must be enrolled in or have previously earned the Swimming Merit Badge. All participants are required to attend the 6:00 AM practice session on Monday and Tuesday. The Mile Swim qualification begins 6:00 AM Wednesday morning. Visitors are invited to come to the pool and cheer on their swimmers. Scouts who successfully complete all the requirements are entitled to wear the Official Mile Swim Patch, to be awarded on Saturday.


SCUBA BSA/Discover Scuba Diving



PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience



Have you ever wondered what it’s like to External Linkbreathe underwaterExternal Link. If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it.
While not an actual scuba certification, during the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipmentExternal Link in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.


The Fun Part



There is nothing like breathing underwaterExternal Link for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to –after all, human beings weren’t designed to do that – but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with the Discover Scuba Diving program is not coaxing participants into the water, but coaxing them out when the program is over. The fun part? It’s all fun!

  • Plus, you can get recognition and a SCUBA BSA patch.

What You Learn



You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. One thing you’ll learn is that you really can breathe underwaterExternal Link and whether you like doing that or not. You will:

  • what wearing scuba equipmentExternal Link feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it

  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwaterExternal Link and learn whether you can be comfortable there

  • Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification courseExternal Link when you take the next step

The Scuba Gear You Use



All the equipment you will need is typically included in a Discover Scuba Diving experience. You’ll use all the basic scuba gearExternal Link including a maskExternal Link , snorkelExternal Link and finsExternal Link, a buoyancy compensating jacketExternal Link that also carries your scuba tankExternal Link, a scuba regulatorExternal Link to breathe from and instrumentationExternal Link to monitor depth and air supply. You might also wear a scuba wetsuitExternal Link or a weight systemExternal Link.

The Learning Materials You Need

  • Just your willingness and undivided attention

Prerequisites: 12years of age by 01-January, 2011; pass the BSA Swimmers check; and health review completed and signed by parent or guardian (may require additional health release signed by physician).

SCUBA BSA will be offered 2:00-2:50 Monday-Thursday.

Additional cost: $10.00

Your Next Adventure

Once you complete a Discover Scuba Diving program, you’ll want to check out: SCUBA Merit Badge.

Water Front Program

In 2009 the opportunities for Fishing Merit Badge as well as Fish and Wildlife Management have been expanded.  These activates will be open to a total of 20 Scouts each week. 

Canoeing andKayaking Merit Badges will be available for those scouts who are third year campers and above, they must also have obtained their swimmer classification during their swim check on Sunday. 

We have added a new program for 16 years and older.  Paddle Craft Safety is a program that will allow scouts and leaders to expand their knowledge on canoeing and rowing.  New BSA policy requires any scouts and/or leaders to have a Paddle Craft Safety certification to go on Canoe Trips.


Paddle Craft Safety

Paddle Craft Safety to take your troop on a float trip.  You must be over 16, and a swimmer.  This class will cover the basics that you need to know to recognize problems on a float trip.  It will give you the qualified supervision that you need to take your troop on a float trip as BSA safety afloat states.    This will be offered at the same time that canoeing is offered.  This program is offered along with Canoeing Merit Badge every morning and will require attendance each day.