The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.
Scuba Diving Merit Badge
Start with a dash of swimming skills (the Swimming merit badge). Add equal measures of aquatics first aid, safety, and conservation. Douse liberally with ADVENTURE! That's what the Scuba Diving merit badge is all about
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Scouts safely explore the underwater world while doing the requirements for the Scuba merit badge. They learn about aquatic ecosystems and earn their Open Water Diver Certification. Scouts also investigate career opportunities related to the scuba industry.
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.
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.
The Thomas Alva Edison Supernova Award is the silver (second) level Supernova Award for Scouts BSA. To earn this award, Scouts must earn the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova award, one additional Nova award, and four additional Nova approved STEM related merit badges. They must also complete two additional Supernova activities.
The Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award is the bronze (first) level Supernova Award for Scouts BSA. To earn this award, Scouts must earn three Nova awards, the Scholarship merit badge, and four Nova approved STEM related merit badges. They must also complete two Supernova activities.