Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base
Lifeguard Training
General Information Prerequisites What to Bring Flier Registration

2014 Lifeguard Course
BSA Lifeguard and ARC Lifeguarding
>to be held at Bert Adams Scout Reservation<

Registration deadline is April 25th
This training is only offered once a year through Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base,
so pre-registration is a must! Click Here to register.

BSA Lifeguard patchProgram Description::

Earn up to 6 certifications in just 2 weekends and 2 weekday evenings! Any youth 15 years or older or adult, male or female, registered with BSA is welcome to participate. The class is divided into 2 weekend sessions plus a Tuesday and Thursday night:

• Friday, May 9, from 5:00 pm until Sunday, May 11 at 4:00 pm at Bert Adams Scout Reservation
• Tuesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 15 at Atlanta Area Council Volunteer Service Center
• Friday, May 16, from 5:00 pm until Sunday, May 18 at 4:00 pm at Bert Adams Scout Reservation.

2014 Course Components

Valid Period

BSA Lifeguard (or renewal)

2 years

American Red Cross Lifeguarding (or renewal)

2 years

American Red Cross First Aid

2 years

American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (now required for BSA LG)

2 years

BSA Safe Swim Defense

2 years

BSA Safety Afloat

2 years

BSA Lifesaving Merit Badge (optional, no additional fee)


Course Fee includes books, materials and meals while at Bert Adams Scout Reservation


*ARC Lifeguarding Manual available free online or hard copy for $30.00 extra.

Class size:  minimum: 8, maximum: 16

Prerequisites for all participants in this combination course

      • Submit proof of age. Must be at least 15 years old by May 9, 2014.
      • Provide a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record completed within the previous 12 months.
      • Swim continuously for 550 yards, including at least 100 yards each of the following strokes in good form: front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke.
      • 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.

General Information

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Each participant must pass both written and applied tests of skills to qualify for the BSA Lifeguard and all American Red Cross certificates. Attendance alone does not guarantee these certifications.

Participants will camp together. Bring your own personal gear or use one of the Bert Adams platform tents. Participants should bring bathing suits, towels, hat, sun block, insect repellant, and clothing suitable for camp and classroom comfort. Bring a good flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries. Bring a notebook and pencils/pens. You must bring a mask and fins for a portion of instruction. If you do not have these items, please borrow them from a friend before you come. Participants will be required to open their eyes underwater. We strongly discourage contact lenses.

Meals are provided while at camp. No meals or food breaks for the week night sessions at the Volunteer Service Center.

The course director will provide registrants with more information prior to the first session.

Lifesaving Merit Badge is not a prerequisite, but 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 pamphlet and bring it along with a blue card signed by your unit leader to the course.

What to Bring

    • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record
    • Official Field Uniform
    • Activity Uniform
    • Swimwear
    • Towels
    • 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 25th. Click Here to register.

Questions? Email

Updated 04/16/18
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