NCAC’s Aquatics Committee enhances local aquatics activities by being the center of effort for recreational and instructional programs in, on and under the water. The goal of the committee is to further the aims of scouting at the unit, district and council levels through safe, enjoyable aquatics programming.
Members meet the 3rd Thursday of every month to discuss aquatic trends, programming, trainings, safety, advancement opportunities and development of aquatic leadership. We are currently looking for individuals with aquatics experience to serve as committee members, district trainers, lifeguards and/or merit badge counselors.
Please contact us if you would like to receive additional information about any of our trainings & events, attending a meeting or becoming a member.
Committee Board Members:
Safety Afloat Training: BSA groups shall use Safety Afloat for all boating activities. Adult leaders supervising activities afloat must have completed Safety Afloat training within the previous two years. Safety Afloat Training can be taken online.
Safe Swim Defense Training: BSA groups shall use Safe Swim Defense for all swimming activities. Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean. Safe Swim Defense training can be taken online.
BSA Lifeguard provides professional-level training for lifeguards at unit or summer camp swimming activities and is provided locally by qualified instructors who are authorized by the local council. BSA Lifeguard is typically offered at before the summer swim season (special event) and at summer camp.
BSA Paddle Craft Safety expands Safety Afloat training to include the skills and knowledge needed for a unit leader to confidently supervise canoeing or kayaking excursions on flat water.
Kayaking BSA provides an introduction to kayaking skills and safety procedures and serves as a program opportunity for troops, crews and ships.
Scuba BSA introduces qualified Scouts in troops, crews and ships, and registered adult participants to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with scuba diving.
Snorkeling Safety is the recommended procedure for conducting group snorkeling at a private or public pool, wilderness pond, stream, or wherever the water looks inviting enough to take a dip.
Swimming & Water Rescue training provides BSA leaders with information and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to swimming emergencies during unit swimming activities. It expands the awareness instruction provided by Safe Swim Defense training.
2022 Training Schedule
Canoe Clinics (Sept 9-11) – Cancelled.
Paddle Craft Safety (Course Fee: $30/day) – Limit 12 Scouts/Leaders
Still water course includes Canoe Merit Badge Councilor Certification
Still water course required for Moving Water course
Sept 10 @8:00am – Still Water Safety – On Silver Lake (Morning – Hylton Center; Afternoon – Silver Lake)
Sept 11 @8:30am – Moving Water Safety – On the Potomac (Meet at Riley’s Lock)
Merit Badges Afloat – Ship 1942’s Merit Badge Afloat weekend is an opportunity for Scouts BSA scouts to earn three merit badges (Small-Boat Sailing, Weather, and Oceanography), be introduced to Sea Scouts, and learn more about the activities of Sea Scout Ship 1942. Saturday, September 10, 2022; 8:30am to 6:00pm and Sunday, September 11, 2022; 8:30am to 6:00pm at the Washington Sailing Marina.
SCUBA (Course Fee: $650) – PADI Certification by Age / Scouts BSA Merit Badge
Contact the PADI Divemaster Andrew Blanco to schedule
Minimum age 14 years
Aug 20 &21 – Pool Session & Aug 27 & 28 – Open Water
Partial Merit Badge Completion Clinic – 18 Scout Limit
Oct 3 – Tentative -TBD
NCAC Specific Resources
- Aquatics Activity Awards – Counselor Requirements
- Aquatics Awards (PowerPoint from 2018 Conference)
- Board Sailing BSA and Application
- Kayaking BSA
- BSA Lifeguard and Application
- Mile Swim BSA
- Scuba BSA and Application (Page 11 and 12)
- Snorkeling BSA
- BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding and Application (Page 12)
- BSA Whitewater Rafting Brochure and Application