Aquatics

SFBAC Aquatics

 

The SFBAC Aquatics Committee, in partnership with the East Bay Lifeguard Service is proud to present:

Swimming Merit Badge Day

Spring Sessions 

When: April 23rd or April 24th   

    Morning Session: 8 AM - 12 PM (Check-in at 8 AM) 

    Afternoon Session: 1 PM - 5 PM (Check-in at 1 PM) 

Where: Robert's Pool/Recreation Area.,

    10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

Cost: $35 per scout. Snack will be provided.

This merit badge day will provide the opportunity for scouts to work on completing swimming merit badge requirements. Scouts should attend either the morning or afternoon session on either Saturday or Sunday.  Class limit of 20 scouts per session.

 Click here to register!

 

Fall Session

When: September 24 or September 25   

    Morning Session: 8 AM - 12 PM (Check-in at 8 AM) 

    Afternoon Session: 1 PM - 5 PM (Check-in at 1 PM) 

Where: Robert's Pool/Recreation Area.,

    10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

Cost: $35 per scout. Snack will be provided.

This merit badge day will provide the opportunity for scouts to work on completing swimming merit badge requirements. Scouts should attend either the morning or afternoon session on either Saturday or Sunday.  Class limit of 20 scouts per session.

Click here to register! 

 

Note about Requirements being covered during sessions:

Our instructors will cover the Swimming merit badge requirements 2, 3, 4a-b, 5a-d, 6a-c, and 7. Boy Scouts will be able to attempt each requirement (as time allows), but there is no guarantee they will pass each requirement.

Also, if scouts cannot pass requirement 2 (the swim test) they will not be allowed to participate in the rest of the session due to safety reasons. 

 

 

“Candidates with an extensive swimming background may be able to meet all or most of the requirements with little or no formal instruction from the counselor. Most Scouts, however will need instruction prior to completing the requirements.”

“With the revisions to the Swimming merit badge requirements, the goal is to emphasize teaching Scouts correct stroke mechanics. It is critical for them to learn these strokes correctly, in good form and with proper berthing, so they can swim with greater ease and efficiency. Furthermore, the ability to correctly perform these strokes will make Scouts safer in and around the water as well as when they tackle advanced water activities such as the Lifesaving merit badge and BSA Lifeguard.”

 

Requirement 3 poses the greatest technical and physical challenge for Scouts:

“3. Swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good form and in a strong manner: front crawl or Trudgen for 25 yards, back crawl for 25 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards.”

 

Scouts are strongly encouraged to practice each of these strokes prior to coming to the swimming merit badge day. Particularly focusing on sidestroke and breaststroke which are typically the most challenging strokes for Scouts. Please visit your local aquatic facility for formalized swim lessons to help develop these skills. 

 

 

 

Aquatics Committee

  Interested in SFBAC Aquatics? Volunteers are always needed and welcome for planning and implimenting all our aquatics activities. Volunteers interested in helping at any of the above events and/or becoming an Aquatics Committee member should contact Rhys Potts to be added to the mailing list.

When helping at Aquatics Activities, some positions require Aquatics Certifications, i.e. Lifeguard, Safe Swim Defense, etc. Support staff (kitchen, registration, etc.) do not require certifications.