Watercraft (Ranger Award elective)
- Requirement 1. Take BSA Safety Afloat Training.
- a. Explain the BSA Safety Afloat plan.
- b. Demonstrate during a watercraft activity that you know the BSA Safety Afloat plan.
- Requirement 2. Complete a basic boating safety course provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, US Sailing, American Red Cross, or your state's boating law administrator.
- Requirement 3. Rescue and hypothermia
- a. Learn and demonstrate water rescue techniques, including self rescue, group rescue, boat-assisted rescue, short-line rescue, and boat-over-boat rescue.
- b. Learn and demonstrate that you know the rules for avoiding water-caused hypothermia and what to do in case of hypothermia.
- Requirement 4. Present the American Canoe Association Start Smart Program or another program on boating safety to your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on boating safety.
Do 5, 6, or 7.
- Requirement 5. Paddle Craft
- a. Learn the American Whitewater Affiliation Safety Code and demonstrate your knowledge during a paddle craft activity.
- b. Learn about the International Scale of River Difficulty by describing the six classifications of rivers.
- c. On a whitewater river map of your choice, be able to show why different sections are classified the way they are.
- d. Learn and describe the differences of the following paddle craft and explain which are appropriate for one, two, or more paddlers:
- Canoes: recreational, touring, whitewater, freestyle, decked, C1
- Kayaks: recreational, touring, sit-on-top, downriver, race, whitewater playboat, whitewater creek
- Rafts: self bailing, paddle, frame, cataraft, inflatable kayak
- e. Learn and use paddling techniques and maneuvers for one of the following craft:
- Canoe, both single and double passenger
- Kayak, single or double passenger
- Raft, be the paddling captain
- f. Using an appropriate canoe, kayak, or raft, paddle a slow river, lake, or coastal waterway, a distance of at least eight miles, or run a whitewater river, a distance of six miles with at least one class II rapid. If using a paddle raft, be the paddle captain.
- Requirement 6. Board Sailing
- a. Learn and demonstrate the BSA rules for boardsailing.
- b. Learn how to boardsail.
- Requirement 7. Sail Boating
- Become certified as a US Sailing Small Boat Sailor or US Sailing Instructor.
Source: 1999 (2006 printing) Venturer Handbook (33494C)