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#21 Stosh

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:36 PM

I guess it all depends on what part of the country.  Up in the northland where I live, the opportunity to ski is just during the summer months.  The shortened time allows for lesser risk of insurance litigation.  However, down south where the skiing season is longer, the only stipulation that BSA forgot to add to the requirement is the observer needs a fishing license in case they get picked up for trolling for alligators.


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#22 Col. Flagg

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 09:35 AM

I guess it all depends on what part of the country.  Up in the northland where I live, the opportunity to ski is just during the summer months.  The shortened time allows for lesser risk of insurance litigation.  However, down south where the skiing season is longer, the only stipulation that BSA forgot to add to the requirement is the observer needs a fishing license in case they get picked up for trolling for alligators.

 

...or alligator gar. We had a pack of 9 footers take a swimmer in a lake last week.

 

And yes, everything *is* bigger down here. 


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#23 qwazse

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 12:42 PM

...or alligator gar. We had a pack of 9 footers take a swimmer in a lake last week.

 

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#24 Col. Flagg

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 01:39 PM

 

Or, should we read the sidebar:

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Oh...you caught that did you.

 

Seriously though, people don't realize that even in the Trinity River system in North Texas that we have alligators. A good ten footer was sunning himself last summer in the middle of the Trinity sand bar in Dallas proper. Others have been taken out of Lake Lewisville and Lake Levon, so they are there. And those are our popular skiing lakes up here (among others).


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#25 Stosh

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 02:14 PM

Yeah but, yeah but, yeah but there's 2 great white sharks in the upper Mississippi!!!


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#26 RichardB

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 02:11 PM

Safety Afloat includes:
 
“…Motorboats may be operated by youth, subject to state requirements, only when accompanied in the boat by an experienced leader or camp staff member who meets state requirements for motorboat operation. Extended cruising on a large power boat requires either a professional captain or an adult with similar qualifications…”  
 
The GTSS Aquatics section also includes:  
 
“…Tow Sports
 
All participants in towed activity afloat (waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, tubing, etc.) must have successfully completed the BSA swimmer classification test and must wear a life jacket with an impact rating consistent with the activity. Supervision must include both a skilled boat driver currently trained in Safety Afloat and a separate observer. Participants should observe the Water-skiers Safety Code and the Boat Drivers Safety Code found in Aquatics Supervision, No. 34346. Use only floats specifically designed for towing that provide secure handholds for each rider…”
 
I would however like to point out that insurance is different for this type of activity since a watercraft is involved.  I would suggest a review of the information here:   http://www.scouting..../Insurance.aspx 
 
Of note, no coverage under GLIP for youth, secondary for watercraft and minimum insurance limits established.  These could be a risk that the watercraft owner, and chartered organization may wish to weigh.   
 
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