While working on the Water Sports merit badge, Scouts learn to safely enjoy sports such as water skiing or wakeboarding. They learn about the equipment needed to enjoy these sports and demonstrate their skills.
Printable helps for requirements:
Have some fun speeding across the water with these related ideas and activities:
Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.
The most familiar application of skill level limits is the swim tests which are administered at summer camp. But there are other examples as well.
The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.
To complete the requirements for the National Outdoor Award Aquatics Segment, a Scout or Venturer must be a proficient swimmer, have some lifesaving skills, complete the mile swim, and spend some time enjoying aquatics adventures such as swimming, paddling, fishing, or scuba diving.
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.