We certainly welcome experienced sailors as Adult Leaders. However, the first and foremost requirement for a Scout Leader is to have a gift for working with teenagers. Scouting is about letting youth make and execute their own plans. Adults are here mostly for safety. And occasionally nudge the youth a bit.
We also require adult to be trained. There is an inherent responsibility to working with kids on the water.
Summary of Required Training:
For ALL registered adults:
- BSA Youth Protection (YPT01) and Venturing Edition (YPT02)
- Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training (SSALBT)
- Online Position-Specific Training (Committee, etc.)
For Adults who wish to supervise a Crew:
- NASBLA Boater Safety Certification
- BSA Safety Afloat
- BSA Safe Swim Defense
- BSA Weather Hazards
- CPR and First Aid (Red Cross or American Heart Association) WFA Preferred
For Adults who wish to Captain a Boat: BoatUS Membership with Towing Insurance is required. This is a cost of $160 per year. Given the risk of running aground, plus the minimum cost of $1200 to get towed, it’s a small price to pay. While the Ship pays for selected adults’ coverage – we cannot afford to pay for everyone.
In addition, anyone requesting to captain a boat must have a valid sailing resume demonstrating over 200 hours experience, or spend at least 50 hours in observed operation of a Ship 100 boat. Specific training is required for each boat, as older boats have unique personalities and quirks.
You should use your old MyScouting.org account to log in. Under “Dashboard” you’ll see “Training Center”. From there, access all online training.