Course, Two Certificates
BSA Lifeguard and American Red Cross Lifeguarding
deadline is April 15th
The course consists of one all-day session, May 4, 2013 at
Volunteer Service Center and one three-day weekend beginning
Friday night May 24, 2013 through Monday May 27, 2013 at Camp
Allatoona Aquatics Base.
The Boy Scouts of America strongly recommends all units have
at least one adult or older youth member currently trained as
a BSA Lifeguard to assist in the planning and conduct of all
swimming activity. This is your opportunity to earn both BSA
Lifeguard and American Red Cross Lifeguarding in just two weekends.
Any youth (15 years or older) or adult (male or female) registered
with BSA is welcome to participate.
The class is divided into two sessions.
Red Cross Lifeguarding
Red Cross CPR and AED for
the Professional Rescuer
BSA Lifesaving Merit Badge (optional,
no additional fee)
Fee (includes books, materials
meals while at Allatoona)
This training is only offered once a year so pre-registration
is a must. Register online TODAY!
Prerequisites for all participants
in this combination course
Must be at least 15 years old by the date
the class begins.
Swim continuously for 550 yards, including
at least 100 yards each of the following strokes in good
form: front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke,
Immediately following the above swim, tread
water for two minutes.
Starting in water, swim 20 yards using
a front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive in 7-10 feet,
retrieve a 10 pound object, surface, swim with the object
20 yards back to the starting point and exit the water within
1 minute and 40 seconds.
This combined BSA and American Red Cross course requires approximately
40 hours of instruction, so both sessions will be required to
complete the training. Each participant must pass both written
and applied tests of skills. Attendance alone does not guarantee
you will earn the certificates.
Participants will camp together. You may bring your own personal
gear or use one of the wall tents and cots already set up on
Meals are provided while at Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base, but
participants must bring a sack lunch and drink for the first
Saturday session at the Volunteer Service Center.
Participants will be required to open their eyes underwater.
If you must wear contacts for vision correction, you may bring
Lifesaving Merit Badge is not a prerequisite. However, it can
be completed during this course at no additional cost by completing
a few additional requirements. If you want to do this, please
read the current Lifesaving Merit Badge book and bring it to
What to Bring
- Official Field Uniform
- Activity Uniform
- Hat, sun block, insect repellant
- Water bottle
- Notebook and pencils or pens
- Mask and fins
- Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
- Sleeping bag or blankets
Lifesaving Merit Badge book (if
you wish to earn the Lifesaving Merit badge)
Also refer to the following:
The registration deadline is April 15th. Click
Here to register. You'll be taken to that entry on the Atlanta
Area Council calendar. Note that you may see multiple Camp Allatoona
programs listed for the desired date. Select the registration
button at the bottom of the entry.