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.

Aquatics Committee

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:

Aquatics Training

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

Pre-Camp Swim Tests – Camp Snyder Pool (No Fee) – 30 Scouts per hours – one hour time blocks
     June 4 & June 5 Camp Snyder Pool (First session starts at 9:00am  Last Session starts at 4:00pm)

Canoe Clinics (Course Fee:  $60) – Learn the right way to paddle – Limit 12 Scouts/Leaders
     Sept  09 @6:00pm – 8:00pm – Class at the Hylton Center, Camp Snyder
     Sept 10 @ 8:00am – On the Water – Silver Lake (Meet at the Hylton Center, Camp Snyder)
     Sept 11 @ 8:00am – On the Water – Silver Lake (Meet at the Hylton Center, Camp Snyder)

Paddle Craft Safety (Course Fee:  $30/day) – Limit 16 Scouts/Leaders
      Still water course includes Canoe Merit Badge Councilor Certification
      Still water course required for Moving Water course
      May 14 @8:00am – Still Water Safety – On Silver Lake (Morning – Hylton Center; Afternoon – Silver Lake)
      May 15 @8:30am – Moving Water Safety – On the Potomac (Meet at Riley’s Lock)

      Sept 17 @8:00am – Still Water Safety – On Silver Lake (Morning – Hylton Center; Afternoon – Silver Lake)
      Sept 18 @8:30am – Moving Water Safety – On the Potomac (Meet at Riley’s Lock)

James River Adventure Crew
       July 17 – 23 – Sign-up on High Adventure Committee site

SCUBA (Course Fee:  $650) – PADI Certification by Age /  Scouts BSA Merit Badge
       PADI Divemaster Andrew Blanco
       Minimum age 14 years
       Aug 6 & 7 – Pool Session (TBD – Lorton Area) & Aug 22 & 23 (Fredericksburg Quarry)        

Partial Merit Badge Completion Clinic – 18 Scout Limit
       Oct 3 – Tentative -TBD 

National Resources

NCAC Specific Resources


Aquatic Awards