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<center><big>[[Water Sports]] [[Merit Badge]] requirement resources include the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|Merit Badge Worksheet]] {{PDF}}, <br> lesson video links, Water Sports Safety Code, and links to related [[Merit Badges]] and [[Boy Scout]] [[Awards]].<br> [[Water Sports]] (Water Skiing) is great if you ski or wake board or want to learn.</big> &nbsp;<span style="border: 1px outset Khaki; background:LemonChiffon;">&nbsp;[[Veterinary Medicine|<small>◄ </small>Prev]]&nbsp;</span> - <span style="border: 1px outset #FFB; background: #DFC;">&nbsp;[[Weather|Next<small> ►</small>]]&nbsp;</span></center><br>
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|subject= Water Sports and Activities
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|created= as Waterskiing<br>in 1969; 2008
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|quote=Water sports are a fun and exhilarating way to enjoy being outdoors while developing strength, coordination, and fitness. By developing experience with water sports and practicing good judgment, Scouts will gain skills that will serve them well for a lifetime and have extreme fun while they do.
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# ''Waterskiing'' was rewritten in 2008 as ''Water Sports''.
# ''Waterskiing'' was rewritten in 2008 as ''Water Sports''.
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'''1'''. '''First Aid''': [[Hypothermia]] - [[Heat Exhaustion]] - [[Heatstroke]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Sunburn]] - [[Cuts]] - [[Blisters]]<br>
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'''2'''. [[CPR]]<br>
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'''3'''. [[BSA Swim Test]]: [[Diving]] also has the feetfirst jump in - [[Sidestroke]] - [[Breaststroke]] - [[Trudgen]] [[Crawl]] - [[Backstroke]] - [[Swimming Turns]] - [[Floating]]
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'''4a'''. The BSA Safety Afloat policy you need is in the workbook (<span class=plainlinks>[http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/Water-Sports.pdf PDF {{PDF}}] or [http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/Water-Sports.docx Word {{DOC}}]</span>).<br>
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'''4c'''. The Water Sports Safety Code you need is in the workbook (<span class=plainlinks>[http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/Water-Sports.pdf PDF {{PDF}}] or [http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/Water-Sports.docx Word {{DOC}}]</span>).<br>
'''5-7:''' [http://www.expertvillage.com/tag/skiing.htm ExpertVillage.com Lesson Videos]: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/972_waterski.htm How to Water Ski] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/836_wakeboarding-tips.htm How to Start Wakeboard]<br>
'''5-7:''' [http://www.expertvillage.com/tag/skiing.htm ExpertVillage.com Lesson Videos]: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/972_waterski.htm How to Water Ski] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/836_wakeboarding-tips.htm How to Start Wakeboard]<br>
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#n Waterskiing]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#b Safe Swim Defense]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#c Classification of Swimming Ability]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#i Swimming Area]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#g Water Clarity]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#e Safety Afloat]
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[[Category:Aquatics]]

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Resources include the Water Sports merit badge worksheet in PDF format Adobe Acrobat PDF and Word format Microsoft Word DOC document, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.
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Watersports merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 2008
Replaced: Waterskiing
BSA Advancement ID: 115
Requirements revision: 2016
Latest pamphlet revision: 2015

Contents

Water sports are a fun and exhilarating way to enjoy being outdoors while developing strength, coordination, and fitness. By developing experience with water sports and practicing good judgment, Scouts will gain skills that will serve them well for a lifetime and have extreme fun while they do.


Water Sports merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in water sports activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    b. Review prevention, symptoms, and first-aid treatment for the following injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in water sports: blisters, cold-water shock and hypothermia, dehydration, heat-related illnesses, sunburn, sprains, strains, minor cuts and bruises, spinal injury, and concussions and head trauma.
    c. Review the BSA Safety Afloat policy. Tell how it applies to water sports.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Discuss with your counselor the characteristics of life jackets most appropriate for water sports, and tell why one must always be worn while waterskiing or wakeboarding. Then demonstrate how to select and fit a life jacket for water sports activities.
    b. Review and discuss the Water Sports Safety Code with your counselor. Promise that you will live up to it and follow it in all water work for this merit badge. Review the safety precautions that must be used by the boat operator in pulling waterskiers and wakeboarders.
  3. Before doing requirements 4 through 6, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
  4. Show the following skier signals to the safety observer in the boat: skier safe, faster, slower, turns, back to dock, cut motor, skier in water.
  5. Showing reasonable control while using two skis, one ski, or a wakeboard, do EACH of the following:
    a. Show how to enter the water from a boat and make a deepwater start without help.
    b. Starting from outside the wakes, show you can cross both wakes four times and return to the center of the wake each time, without falling.
    c. Show you can fall properly to avoid an obstacle. Also show that you can drop handle and coast to a stop without losing your balance.
  6. While on shore, show that you know how to properly adjust the bindings of your ski(s) or wakeboard to fit yourself. Then, in deep water, show you can adjust bindings to fit. Recover and put on your ski(s) or wakeboard that has come off during a fall.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Water Sports is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Water Sports requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

Water Sports merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Aquatics.
  1. Waterskiing was rewritten in 2008 as Water Sports.

Requirement resources

1. First Aid: Hypothermia - Heat Exhaustion - Heatstroke - Dehydration - Sunburn - Cuts - Blisters
2. CPR

3. BSA Swim Test: Diving also has the feetfirst jump in - Sidestroke - Breaststroke - Trudgen Crawl - Backstroke - Swimming Turns - Floating

4a. The BSA Safety Afloat policy you need is in the workbook (PDF Adobe Acrobat PDF or Word Microsoft Word DOC document).
4b. Personal Flotation Device
4c. The Water Sports Safety Code you need is in the workbook (PDF Adobe Acrobat PDF or Word Microsoft Word DOC document).
5-7: ExpertVillage.com Lesson Videos: How to Water Ski - How to Start Wakeboard

Related awards

Aquatic-related awards

See also

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

External links

Guide to Safe Scouting
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