Safe Scouting Policy

The following is taken from the Safe Scouting Policy, specifically the section the covers water activities. There is of course far more than what is below that needs to be considered but this should give you a general idea of what is needed.

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Water Activities

Water Charge licenses are valid for a certain period. The validity is stated in the Adult Support training documentation pertaining to the specific course.

General Regulations

  • All events or activities on or near water must adhere to the general principles in Section 2 of this policy, with the following additional requirements:
  • An Activity Permit must be issued in terms of Section 3 of this policy
  • The Activity Leader must hold a valid Water Awareness License or applicable Charge License.

Swimming

  • For a patrol activity, the Adult Supervising the activity or a Scout who is 15 or older and who holds the LifeSaver interest badge will be the responsible Activity Leader for swimming
  • No youth member shall be allowed to swim except under the supervision of the Activity Leader. The Activity Leader must appoint sufficient pickets and lookouts to ensure the safety of the
  • The safety of the venue must have been previously ascertained, and all reasonable precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of the swimmers. All reasonable precautions should be taken to ensure that the water is safe for
  • Where the circumstances dictate suitable lifesaving and rescue equipment and professionally trained lifesavers must be at the event

Rafting

  • No raft shall be used in the course of a CUB or SCOUT activity unless certified safe by the holder of the Water Awareness
  • The safety of the venue must have been previously ascertained, and all reasonable precautions should be taken to ensure that the water is safe for All reasonable precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of the crew and passengers.

Boating

  • The Activity Leader or other Adult Member at the venue must hold a SSA Charge License which is applicable to the Activity and the
  • All boating activities shall comply strictly with all legislation and regulations of any competent authority having jurisdiction over the activity or place of such
  • No boating shall take place unless there are suitably equipped and manned rescue craft, appropriate for the event and venue, as determined by the Regional Water Committee
  • No boat shall be used in the course of a SCOUT activity unless properly manned and under the supervision of a person holding an appropriate Charge License issued for the purpose. The Charge License holder is responsible for ensuring that the person in control of each boat is competent to do so, given all the prevailing circumstances
  • No Scouter or other person in charge shall allow any cub or scout to take part in boating without first considering carefully all the conditions, and in particular having made sure:
    • That the Cub or Scout has earned the swimming Scoutcraft badge, or has demonstrated the ability to swim 100 metres in any
    • All reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure that the water is safe for the planned boating activity. That everyone aboard a vessel is wearing appropriate personal buoyancy aids, in accordance with current Water Activities Committee Requirements
    • That every Scout forming part of the crew of any vessel will not wilfully endanger the vessel or other crew member(s)
  • The License Holder for the activity is responsible for ensuring that all vessels taking part in the activity are
  • The Regional Water Activities Committee shall define other requirements at its discretion when required.
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