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Time To Swim – Lion

Elective Adventure

Under properly qualified supervision and following Safety Afloat rules, Lions will learn how to stay safe in the water and get comfortable with being in the water.  Lions can earn this Adventure by completing the requirements OR by taking swim lessons.

Requirements

Learn about the swimming safety rules that you need to follow.
Lion Safe Swim Defense
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts will identify the Safe Swim Defense.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 63
  • Crayon, enough to share

Before the meeting:

  1. Become familiar with the Safe Swim Defense that is used for swimming activities in the BSA on the Aquatics Safety website.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that before Cub Scouts go swimming there are eight important rules that we must follow that are is called the Safe Swim Defense.  Have Cub Scouts open their Lion handbook to page 63.  As you describe, one of the points of the Safe Swim Defense have Cub Scouts color the section of the picture that represents that safety point.
  2. Review the eight points of the Safe Swim Defense with everyone.
    1. “The first rule is to make sure there is an adult who is properly trained oversee the swimming activity, this is called Qualified Supervision. All swimming activity must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of those in their care, and who is trained in and committed to compliance with the eight points of BSA Safe Swim Defense.”
    2. “The second rule is to make sure that everyone who is going to swim is healthy.  You should never go swimming if you feel sick.  Everyone who is swimming is to have a Personal Health Review. A complete health history is required of all participants as evidence of fitness for swimming activities. The BSA Annual Health and Medical record can be used for this.”
    3. “The third rule is to make sure where we are swimming is safe.  A Safe Area means that all swimming areas must be carefully inspected and prepared for safety prior to each activity. Water depth, quality, temperature, movement, and clarity are important considerations. Hazards must be eliminated or isolated by conspicuous markings and discussed with participants. Controlled Access: There must be safe areas for all participating ability groups to enter and leave the water. Swimming areas of appropriate depth must be defined for each ability group. The entire area must be within easy reach of designated rescue personnel. The area must be clear of boat traffic, surfing, or other nonswimming activities.”
    4. “The fourth rule is to have Response Personnel or Lifeguards. Every swimming activity must be closely and continuously monitored by a trained rescue team on the alert for and ready to respond during emergencies.”
    5. “The fifth rule is to have a Lookout. The lookout continuously monitors the conduct of the swim, identifies any departures from Safe Swim Defense guidelines, alerts rescue personnel as needed, and monitors the weather and environment.”
    6. “The sixth rule is for everyone to be placed into an Ability Groups. All youth and adult participants are designated as swimmers, beginners, or nonswimmers based on swimming ability confirmed by standardized BSA swim classification tests.  The swimming area will be marked by ability groups, and you cannot go beyond your ability groups swimming area.   Nonswimmers must stay in the nonswimmer area, beginners can go in the nonswimmer and beginner area, and swimmers can swim in any of the three areas.”
    7. “The seventh rule is the Buddy System. Every participant is paired with another. Buddies stay together, monitor each other, and alert the safety team if either needs assistance or is missing.  During our swimming time when a lifeguard or adult calls for a buddy check you must exit the water with your buddy and hold your buddy’s hand up.  A count will be done to make sure everyone is safe before anyone gets back into the water.”
    8. “The last rule is extremely important and that is Discipline. Rules are effective only when followed. All participants should know, understand, and respect the rules and procedures for safe swimming provided by Safe Swim Defense guidelines.”
Lions Learn from the Lifeguard
LocationTravel
Energy 2
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Have an adult BSA Lifeguard or other adult who has completed Safe Swim Defense training to talk to the Cub Scouts.

  • No supplies needed

Before the meeting:

  1. Become familiar with the Safe Swim Defense that is used for swimming activities in the BSA on the Aquatics Safety website.
  2. Review Requirement 3 Activity named Lions Go Swimming to get an overview of the swimming activity requirements.
  3. Once you have confirmed the swimming activity following the Safe Swim Defense arrange for the qualified adult supervision or an adult lifeguard to talk to the den before they enter the swimming area about the Safe Swim Defense.
  4. A day before the activity confirm the qualified adult supervision or adult lifeguard to speak with the den.
  5. A week before the activity remind Cub Scouts, parents, legal guardians, and adult partners of the time, date, and location of the swimming activity.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and adult partners outside of the swimming area and introduce the qualified adult who will review the Safe Swim Defense with the den.
  2. Have the qualified adult introduce the Safe Swim Defense and physically point out each part of the Safe Swim Defense as they review.
    • “The first rule is to make sure there is an adult who is properly trained oversee the swimming activity, this is called Qualified Supervision. All swimming activity must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of those in their care, and who is trained in and committed to compliance with the eight points of BSA Safe Swim Defense.”
    • “The second rule is to make sure that everyone who is going to swim is healthy.  You should never go swimming if you feel sick.  Everyone who is swimming is to have a Personal Health Review. A complete health history is required of all participants as evidence of fitness for swimming activities. The BSA Annual Health and Medical record can be used for this.”
    • “The third rule is to make sure where we are swimming is safe.  A Safe Area means that all swimming areas must be carefully inspected and prepared for safety prior to each activity. Water depth, quality, temperature, movement, and clarity are important considerations. Hazards must be eliminated or isolated by conspicuous markings and discussed with participants. Controlled Access: There must be safe areas for all participating ability groups to enter and leave the water. Swimming areas of appropriate depth must be defined for each ability group. The entire area must be within easy reach of designated rescue personnel. The area must be clear of boat traffic, surfing, or other nonswimming activities.”
    • “The fourth rule is to have Response Personnel or Lifeguards. Every swimming activity must be closely and continuously monitored by a trained rescue team on the alert for and ready to respond during emergencies.”
    • “The fifth rule is to have a Lookout. The lookout continuously monitors the conduct of the swim, identifies any departures from Safe Swim Defense guidelines, alerts rescue personnel as needed, and monitors the weather and environment.”
    • “The sixth rule is for everyone to be placed into an Ability Groups. All youth and adult participants are designated as swimmers, beginners, or nonswimmers based on swimming ability confirmed by standardized BSA swim classification tests.  The swimming area will be marked by ability groups, and you cannot go beyond your ability groups swimming area.   Nonswimmers must stay in the nonswimmer area, beginners can go in the nonswimmer and beginner area, and swimmers can swim in any of the three areas.”
    • “The seventh rule is the Buddy System. Every participant is paired with another. Buddies stay together, monitor each other, and alert the safety team if either needs assistance or is missing.  During our swimming time when a lifeguard or adult calls for a buddy check you must exit the water with your buddy and hold your buddy’s hand up.  A count will be done to make sure everyone is safe before anyone gets back into the water.”
    • “The last rule is extremely important and that is Discipline. Rules are effective only when followed. All participants should know, understand, and respect the rules and procedures for safe swimming provided by Safe Swim Defense guidelines.”
  3. When the qualified adult is finished Cub Scouts and adult partners may enter the swim area and move on to requirement 3.
Demonstrate how to enter the swimming area properly.
Lions Enter the Swimming Area
LocationTravel
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time5

Before going swimming Cub Scouts learn how to properly enter the swimming area.

This activity is designed to be done before requirement 3 as part of a swimming activity.

Before the meeting:

  1. Locate a swimming area.
  2. Review BSA Health and Medical Form for each Cub Scout.
  3. Review the Safe Swim Defense and secure the proper Qualified Adult Supervision for the activity.
    All swimming activity must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of those in their care, and who is trained in and committed to compliance with the eight points of BSA Safe Swim Defense.
  4. A week before the activity remind parents, Cub Scouts, parents, and adult partners of the time, date, and location.
  5. Be aware that unless swim tests are conducted everyone in this activity, including adult partners, will be considered non-swimmers and restricted to the non-swimmer area.

During the meeting:

  1. Before entering the swimming area gather Cub Scouts and adult partners.  Have the adult serving as the qualified supervision introduce themselves and show the den where the buddy board is.  Pass out buddy tags to each Cub Scout and adult partner.
  2. Have Cub Scouts and adult partners buddy up and place their buddy tags on the buddy board.  Have the adult serving as the qualified supervision explain how the buddy board works and how to properly enter the swimming area.
  3. Once everyone has entered the swimming area safely
  4. Demonstrate how to enter the pool. Walk up to the edge of the pool, sit down on the edge, place your feet into the pool, and lower yourself down into the pool.
  5. Go buddy group by buddy group, and have Cub Scouts repeat the entry method demonstrated to them.
With your Lion adult partner as your buddy, be active in water depths matching your ability for 20 minutes.
Lions Go Swimming
LocationTravel
Energy 5
Supply List5
Prep Time5

Take your den and go swimming.

Before the meeting:

  1. Locate a swimming area.
  2. Review BSA Health and Medical Form for each Cub Scout.
  3. Review the Safe Swim Defense and secure the proper Qualified Adult Supervision for the activity.
    All swimming activity must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of those in their care, and who is trained in and committed to compliance with the eight points of BSA Safe Swim Defense.

During the meeting:

  1. Identify swim ability group for each Cub Scout.
  2. Cub Scouts buddy with their Tiger Adult Partner.
  3. Complete requirements 4 and 5.
Place your face in the water and blow bubbles.
Lion Bubbles
LocationTravel
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time5

While in the pool Cub Scouts will blow bubbles in the water.

This activity is designed to be done before requirement 3 as part of a swimming activity.

Before the meeting:

  1. Locate a swimming area.
  2. Review BSA Health and Medical Form for each Cub Scout.
  3. Review the Safe Swim Defense and secure the proper Qualified Adult Supervision for the activity.
    All swimming activity must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of those in their care, and who is trained in and committed to compliance with the eight points of BSA Safe Swim Defense.
  4. A week before the activity remind parents, Cub Scouts, parents, and adult partners of the time, date, and location.
  5. Be aware that unless swim tests are conducted everyone in this activity, including adult partners, will be considered non-swimmers and restricted to the non-swimmer area.

During the meeting:

  1. Once everyone has entered the swimming area safely
  2. Have Cub Scouts and adult partners together in the non-swimmer area where everyone can stand.  Have adult partners work with their Cub Scouts to hold their breath, place their face into the water and blow bubbles, then lift their head when they are done.  Let adult partners know that this is to get their Cub Scout comfortable with their head in the water.

Tip: Remember that the Cub Scout motto is “Do Your Best” once a Cub Scout has demonstrated their best, they have completed the requirement.

Demonstrate how to exit the swimming area properly.
Lions Leave the Swimming Area
LocationOutdoor
Energy 5
Supply List5
Prep Time5

Demonstrate the importance of exiting the pool safely and removing buddy tag from the buddy board.

This activity is designed to be done before requirement 3 as part of a swimming activity.

Before the meeting:

  1. Locate a swimming area.
  2. Review BSA Health and Medical Form for each Cub Scout.
  3. Review the Safe Swim Defense and secure the proper Qualified Adult Supervision for the activity.
    All swimming activity must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of those in their care, and who is trained in and committed to compliance with the eight points of BSA Safe Swim Defense.
  4. A week before the activity remind parents, Cub Scouts, parents, and adult partners of the time, date, and location.
  5. Be aware that unless swim tests are conducted everyone in this activity, including adult partners, will be considered non-swimmers and restricted to the non-swimmer area.

During the meeting:

  1. Before exiting the swimming area gather Cub Scouts and adult partners.  Have the adult serving as the qualified supervision meet the den at the buddy board.  Have the adult serving as the qualified supervision explain that picking up your buddy tag when you exit the swimming area allows everyone to know that there are no longer people in the pool.  Have Cub Scouts pick up their buddy tags from the buddy board.

Tip: Once everyone exited the swimming area safely as Cub Scouts and adult partners what they liked best about the swim.  Ask them if they can remember any part of the safe swim defense, the rules to follow when swimming.

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Safety Moment

Prior to any activity, use the BSA SAFE Checklist to ensure the safety of all those involved.

All participants in official BSA Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scoutingand applicable program literature or manuals.

Be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede BSA practices, policies, and guidelines.

To assist in the safe delivery of the program you may find specific safety items that are related to requirements for the Adventure.

All swimming activity must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of those in their care, and who is trained in and committed to compliance with the eight points of BSA Safe Swim Defense.

Before starting this Adventure complete the following:

  • Complete the BSA Safe Swim Defense training (26 minutes) on my.scouting.
  • Confirm enough adults who will serve as rescuers during the activity to maintain a ratio of one rescuer to every 10 Cub Scouts.
  • Have buddy tags for everyone who will be in the water, youth, and adults.

During the Adventure:

  • Give overview and instruction on the points of the Save Swim Defense prior to the activity.
  • Provide continuous, qualified adult supervision and discipline during the activity.
  • When swimming outdoors, ask that all the Cub Scouts apply sunscreen.

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