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Boating at Durland

Swimming is NOT ALLOWED in any boating areas. Swimming may ONLY be done during open swims at camp under the supervision of qualified lifeguards.

Durland has a number of different boats for rent including canoes, kayaks, row boats and paddle boats for all experience levels. All safety equipment MUST be properly used. Boats MUST be operated in a safe manner at all times.

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 and present their certification card at check in.

Qualified Supervision 
All activity afloat must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of those in his or her care and who is trained in and committed to compliance with the nine points of BSA Safety Afloat. That supervisor must be skilled in the safe operation of the craft for the specific activity, knowledgeable in accident prevention, and prepared for emergency situations. At least one leader must be trained in first aid including CPR and certification cards must be presented at check in.

Life Jackets 
Properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jackets must be worn by all persons engaged in boating activity (rowing, canoeing, sailing, boardsailing, motorboating, waterskiing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking).

Buddy System 
All participants in an activity afloat are paired as buddies who are always aware of each other’s situation and prepared to sound an alarm and lend assistance immediately when needed. All buddy pairs must be accounted for at regular intervals during the activity and checked off the water by the qualified supervisor at the conclusion of the activity. Buddies either ride in the same boat or stay near each other in single-person craft. 

Skill Proficiency 
Everyone in an activity afloat must have sufficient knowledge and skill to participate safely. Passengers should know how their movement affects boat stability and have a basic understanding of self-rescue. Anyone engaged in recreational boating using humanpowered craft on flatwater ponds or controlled lake areas free of conflicting activities should be instructed in basic safety procedures prior to launch, and allowed to proceed after they have demonstrated the ability to control the boat adequately to return to shore at will. 

Discipline 
Rules are effective only when followed. All participants should know, understand, and respect the rules and procedures for safe boating activities provided by Safety Afloat guidelines. Applicable rules should be discussed prior to the outing and reviewed for all participants near the boarding area just before the activity afloat begins. People are more likely to follow directions when they know the reasons for rules and procedures. Consistent, impartially applied rules supported by skill and good judgment provide steppingstones to a safe, enjoyable outing.

Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts may be passengers in a boat manned by an adult or qualified Boy Scout or Venturer trained in manning the watercraft by having the watercraft merit badge, swimming merit badge and/or lifesaving merit badge. Cub Scouts and Webelos may not pilot a watercraft on their own.

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