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Safe Swim Defense

Whenever Scouts swim, the BSA’s Safe Swim Defense plan must be followed. This training will cover the plan’s eight points:

Qualified supervision – all swimming must be supervised by an adult 21 years of age or older.
Physical fitness – have a complete health history from a physician, parent, or legal guardian.
Safe swim area – check waterfront areas for rocks, stumps, deep holes, and currents. Mark the area into three swimming groups.
Lifeguards on duty – have one lifeguard for every 10 swimmers.
Lookout – station a lookout where he/she can see and hear everything in all areas.
Ability groups – divide Scouts into the following: nonswimmers, beginners, swimmers.
Buddy system – pair every Scout with another in the same ability group.
Discipline – follow all directions and rules of the adult supervisor to ensure a safe swim.

Training is offered anytime online through the Training section of

The course is available anytime online through the Training section of

There is no cost to take the online training through

No registration is required; simply log in to and find the course in the Training section. If you’ve never visited this site before, you’ll need to click the “create account” button and then follow the instructions; have your BSA membership ID number handy.