- a responsible adult in complete charge. If he has not had water-safety
training, he must have assistants who are trained.
Physical Fitness - every boy
should have a physical examination each year.
- marked-off swimming area. Not more than 3 1/2 feet deep for non-swimmers,
shallow water to just overhead depth for beginning swimmers; and
water not over 12 feet for swimmers. The total swimming area should
be checked out for any dangerous objects hidden in the water (glass,
cans, deep spots in shallow areas, rocks in diving areas, etc.)
Lifeguards on Duty - two who
are capable swimmers stationed ashore with life line (such as 100
feet of No. 5 sash cord).
Lookout - someone who can
see all swimmers from shore.
Ability Groups - divide Webelos
Scouts into non-swimmers, beginners, and swimmers and make sure
each group stays in its area.
Buddy Plan - pair every boy
with a buddy in his own ability group. Make sure each buddy understands
that he is to be on constant lookout for his buddy and vice-versa,
and that they are to stay near each other at all times. Buddies
join and raise hands together every time they hear the call buddies.
They check in and out of the water together.
Discipline - Be strict but
fair. Play no favorites. All Scouts and parents must understand
the need for obedience to the instructions of swim leaders.