Boy Scouts of America Scuba Diving Merit Badge

BSA_scuba_diving_MerritBadgeFriendly Octopus Scuba can now offer the BSA Scuba Merit Badge.  Like other merit badges, the Scuba Diving merit badge has been developed to teach and train youth in a manner consistent with the overall goals and values of the Boy Scouts of America.

Discover Scuba

Many troops begin with a Discover Scuba Program, which is a one day program allowing all interested scouts to try out the scuba diving an a controlled environment.  This is a great way to evaluate if the scout has an interest in going further in the program.  The Discover Scuba program is not a requirement of the SCUBA Merit badge.

Scuba Merit Badge

The BSA Scuba Merit Badge follows the PADI Open Water certification. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. The program includes three parts. Classroom, Pool and Open Water Dives.


There is a combination of home study with reading materials and DVD will ensure you know the basic principles required to dive and prepare you for your exam. Depending on the class you register for there may be 2-4 sessions.

Now the fun begins: you will learn how to setup your SCUBA unit and how to adjust it underwater. You will experience the weightlessness of being neutrally buoyant and have the ability to glide through the water. You will also learn the important skills of equalizing your ears, getting water out of your mask, planning your dives for time and depth, and what to do in the unlikely event of a problem while diving.

 Open Water Dives

You will have 4 dives at 20-40 ft of water for a minimum of 20 min each. During each dive you will testing out on the skills that you learned during the pool and classroom sessions. During the dives you will have the opportunity to play games to help reinforce the concepts you learned in class and just have fun. There is also a vast array of marine life and you will be able to feed the fish underwater and explore the park.

After your 4 check out dives are complete, you will be officially certified and most students have time to go and explore the rest of the park with their buddy. SCUBA certifications do not have expirations, but divers are encouraged to do a Scuba Review if it has been more than a year since their last dive. Divers can also continue their scuba learning through other PADI diver ratings and specialties.

 BSA Scuba Merit Badge Requirements

  1. Do the Following
    1. 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.
    2. 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.

Scuba industry standards for Open Water Diver Certification require the student to be at least 15 years of age. Students under the minimum age who meet open water scuba performance requirements may qualify for a special certification that allows them to dive with an adult buddy who has, as a minimum, an open water scuba certification. Several of the scuba organizations recognized by the BSA offer “junior” open water certifications for those as young as 10; others have a minimum age of 12. Such junior open water diver certifications satisfy Scuba Diving merit badge requirement 4.

Friendly Octopus Scuba will provide all required training materials, equipment a BSA certified Merit Badge Counselor will be present for all activities.  Our instructors are all insured to meet both the PADI and BSA requirements.

Of your troop is interested please contact us and we will get you more information and schedule a date.


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