Learning to teach. Learning to lead.
July 8-14, 2018
Aquatic School is a leadership program teaching Scouts and Venturers to be strong leaders, instructors aquatics skills, and planners of unit aquatics activities. Aquatic School is much more than simply a “lifeguard school” — rather, it’s a leadership and skills development program that gives your Scouts or Venturers the skills needed to make them better instructors and better leaders. Aquatic School graduates are taught the fundamentals of Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat, the principles of teaching a non-swimmer, planning skills for Unit swims and float plans, as well as aquatic first aid and emergency procedures. Graduates also learn and hone public speaking and presentation skills, and 16 Scouting knots. Unit Leaders who sign up at least 2 A-School participants get an Aquatic School Recruiter t-shirt.
A-School is at Worth Ranch. Consider sending several participants to Aquatic School each year to assure a safe and enjoyable unit aquatics program. Outstanding performers can earn the coveted ANCHOR award.
When participants arrive they are split into two ships, each with two watches that will compete all week as they hone their leadership, teaching, and aquatic skills. Each ship will design a flag and paddle and make up ship songs and yells. Throughout the week participants learn to work together as a team to accomplish the tasks set before them by the staff. Participants who excel in all areas of Aquatic School will be awarded the prestigious Anchor Award, given to only the very best to come through Aquatic School. Each Ship’s A-School Paddle will be displayed permanently in the dining hall with the names of the participants.
Youth Attendance requirements
A-School participants must be registered Scouts or Venturers. Participants must be at least 13 years of age on or before date of arrival. Participants must be 15 years old in order to earn BSA Lifeguard certification. Participants must complete the BSA swimmers test.