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Aquatics Training

Scouts love the water. Check out our available courses and training to take your Scouts on some aqua-based activities!

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Do you need training for a lifeguarding job this summer?

BSA Lifeguard is professional-level training that meets the requirements of government agencies for professional lifeguards at regulated swimming activities. This course includes American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding with CPR and First Aid certification in addition to BSA Lifeguard certification. Those who want to work the waterfront at any BSA summer camp need this training. The course includes 7 ½ hours of online pre-work that must be completed before the first class session. Online pre-work details are provided at the orientation session.

  • Where: Principia School, 13201 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131
  • Cost: $140
  • Who: Any older youth (minimum age 15) or registered adult with strong swimming skills. We need a minimum of 4 registrations to hold a course. The courses are limited to 10 participants per course.

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BSA Aquatics Supervision Training

BSA Aquatics Supervision Swimming and Water Rescue

This hands-on performance-based training covers the skills needed for Safe Swim Defense at the unit level. The course fee includes a copy of Aquatics Supervision, the required textbook.

  • When: Saturday, April 2nd, 9 pm - 4 pm
  • Where: Principia School, 13201 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131
  • Who: Must be able to complete BSA swimmer classification test, minimum age 15

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BSA Aquatics Supervision Paddle Craft Safety Basic

This hands-on performance-based training covers the skills needed for Safety Afloat at the unit level. The course fee includes a copy of Aquatics Supervision, the required textbook.

  • When: Saturday, April 30th, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Where: Camp Warren Levis - Godfrey IL
  • Who: Minimum age 15

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Pre-Camp Swim Classification Tests

Pre-Camp Swim Classification Tests

This is an opportunity for your unit to have your annual BSA swim classification check done under the supervision of GSLAC-approved aquatics personnel in a pool. A unit swim classification record will be issued by GSLAC Aquatics personnel to each unit showing each participant's swim classification (swimmer, beginner, non-swimmer). Although these swim tests take place before summer camp, the camp aquatics director will review or retest any scout or leader whose skills appear to be inconsistent with their classification.

  • When: Sunday, April 24th
  • Where: Principia School, 13201 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131
  • Who: Registration by unit only, $5 per participant, and 20 participants can register for each 30 min session.

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2022 CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid Training

This training is a requirement for, but usually not included with, BSA Lifeguard training (Req #6).  It uses the Red Cross blended learning platform to minimize classroom time.

When: Sat, May 7, 9 am - 2 pm
Where: 7701 Town Square Ave, Dardenne Prairie MO 63368
Cost: $50

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Scout Lifeguarding by pool