The Paddle Sports program feature helps Scouts learn how to safely enjoy non-motorized trips on the water. Scouts learn about canoeing, kayaking, or stand up paddleboarding.
Whitewater Merit Badge
Canoeing or kayaking through whitewater rapids can be a thrilling experience. Safe whitewater fun requires each participant to understand the the equipment and techniques and to have a firm respect for the power of nature's waterways.
Printable helps for requirements:
The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.
While doing the requirements for the Whitewater merit badge, Scouts learn to safely travel on fast flowing water by canoe or by kayak. They learn how to read the flow of water and to understand the difficulty level. They also familiarize themselves with verbal commands. Then they demonstrate their skills.
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.
Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.