First Class requirement 6 is is designed to ensure that Scouts are safe in the water. Scouts complete a swimming test and learn about safe boating.
6a. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test. (See the Swimming merit badge requirements for details about the BSA swimmer test)
6b. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat
6c. Identify the basic parts of a canoe, kayak, or other boat. Identify the parts of a paddle or an oar.
6d. Describe proper body positioning in a watercraft, depending on the type and size of the vessel. Explain the importance of proper body position in the boat.
6e. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
Helps for this requirement are listed below.