Scuba Diving

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This is the Scuba Diving merit badge for Scouts, Lone Scouts, and qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts.
Scouts and Scouters can also earn the Scuba BSA award.

Scuba Diving merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 2009
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 138
Requirements revision: 2009
Latest pamphlet revision: 2009


Start with a dash of swimming skills (the Swimming merit badge). Add equal measures of aquatics first aid, safety, and conservation. Douse liberally with ADVENTURE!

Scuba Diving merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a.Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while scuba diving, including hypothermia, hyperventilation, squeezes, decompression illness, nitrogen narcosis, motion sickness, fatigue, overexertion, heat reactions, dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and cuts and scrapes.
    b.Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how to recognize such conditions. Demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
  2. Before completing requirements 3 through 6, earn the Swimming merit badge.
  3. Discuss the Scuba Diver’s Code with your merit badge counselor, and explain the importance of each guideline to a scuba diver’s safety.
  4. Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy.
  5. Explain what an ecosystem is, and describe four aquatic ecosystems a diver might experience.
  6. Find out about three career opportunities in the scuba industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Attention! See 'Note to the Counselor' and 'Start Earning Your Scuba Diving Merit Badge Online Today!'
Worksheet A FREE workbook for Scuba Diving is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Scuba Diving requirements. has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

The Scuba Diving merit badge is not a diver certification.
Scuba Diving merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Aquatics.
Scuba Diving merit badge requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #1b.
The Scuba Diving merit badge is an option for the Harris Bronze Supernova and Edison Silver Supernova STEM Nova Awards.
The Boy Scouts of America is not a dive certification agency. Your merit badge counselor can help you find a scuba agency recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy so that you can fulfill requirement 4.
Scouts who have already earned an Open Water Diver Certification outside of a BSA activity from a scuba agency recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy may still earn the Scuba Diving merit badge by earning the Swimming merit badge and completing all other listed requirements.

Requirement resources

First Aid
1a. Hypothermia, Hyperventilation, Squeezes, Decompression Illness, Nitrogen Narcosis, Motion Sickness, Fatigue, Overexertion, Heat Reactions, Dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and Cuts and Scrapes
1b. CPR

2. Swimming

3. Boy Scouts of America Scuba Diver's Code:

A Scout:
-Maintains good mental and physical fitness for scuba diving.
-Keeps his dive skills sharp through continuing education.
-Seeks professional orientation prior to diving at unfamiliar dive locations.
-Adheres to the buddy system throughout every dive.
-Uses complete, well-maintained, and reliable equipment with which he is familiar.
-Always dives no deeper than the recommended depth for his certification level and experience.
-Always follows the time limits listed by the special dive tables or a dive computer for a particular depth.
-Is a S.A.F.E. diver (Slowly Ascends From Every dive) and makes a safety stop at 15 feet for three minutes at the end of each dive prior to surfacing.
- Breathes properly while diving, never holding his breath or skipping breathing.
-Knows and obeys local diving laws and regulations, including fish and game laws and dive-flag laws.
-Understands and respects aquatic life, considers how his interactions affects it, and dives carefully to protect fragile aquatic ecosystems.

4. Start Earning Your Scuba Diving Merit Badge Online Today! ( checked: November 16, 2011 5. Ecology

6. Career opportunities in the scuba industry:

Related Ranks, Awards, and Merit Badges

Aquatic-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

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