Boy Scout Archives: First Class Requirement 9 – Safety Afloat, BSA Swimmer Test, and Water Rescue Methods

First Class Scout Badge

  • Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
  • Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
  • With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)

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