Aquanaut Activity Badge

BSA Arrow of Light Den Meeting Plan 2 – Aquanaut

BSA provides Webelos den meeting ideas for Cub Scout den leaders on the website.  The second in the Arrow of Light series of Webelos den meeting plans covers the Aquanaut Activity Badge.

If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Arrow of Light Meeting Plan 2 to follow along with this article.

Arrow of Light Den Meeting Ideas: BSA Plan #2 – Aquanaut

Preparation and Before the Meeting

You will need to take both Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat training before the meeting.

Since this meeting must take place at a pool, you will need to find a pool where you can do the activities and ensure that adequate lifeguards are present.


See my gathering activities pages for some ideas.


Say the Scout Law.


Hand out recognitions. This might be a good time to go over Safe Swim Defense with the Webelos.


You will be doing Aquanaut requirements 1–5 and 8.

Aquanaut Requirement 1: Jump into water over your head. Come to the surface and swim 100 feet, at least half of this using a backstroke.

Aquanaut Requirement 2: Stay in the water after the swim and float on your back and your front, and demonstrate survival floating.

Aquanaut Requirement 3:  Put on a personal flotation device (PFD) that is the right size for you. Make sure it is properly fastened. Wearing the PFD, jump into water over your head. Show how the PFD keeps your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the water, remove the PFD, and hang it where it will dry.

Aquanaut Requirement 4: Do a front surface dive and swim underwater for four strokes before returning to the surface.

Aquanaut Requirement 5: Explain the four basic water rescue methods. Demonstrate reaching and throwing rescues.

Aquanaut Requirement 8: While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Sports belt loop for Swimming. Complete these three requirements:

  •  Explain rules of Safe Swim Defense. Emphasize the buddy system.
  •  Play a recreational game in the water with your den, pack, or family.
  •  While holding a kickboard, propel yourself 25 feet using a flutter kick across the shallow end of the swimming area

See my Aquatics Cub Scout Theme page for some fun games to play in the water and other activities which would fit in with this badge.


Close with the Scout Oath.

After the Meeting

Have the Webelos thank the hosts at the pool and put everything back the way they found it.


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