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SCUBA Merit Badge
Boy Scouts of America

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Merit Badge Requirements:

1. Do the following:

A. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while SCUBA diving, including hypothermia, hyperventilation, squeezes, decompression illness, nitrogen narcosis, motion sickness, fatigue, overexertion, heat reactions, dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and cuts and scrapes.

B. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how to recognize such conditions. Demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.

2. Before completing requirements 3 through 6, earn the Swimming merit badge.

3. Discuss the SCUBA Diver’s Code with your merit badge counselor, and explain the  importance of each guideline to a SCUBA diver’s safety.

4. Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy.

5. Explain what an ecosystem is and describe four aquatic ecosystems a diver might experience.

6. Find out about three career opportunities in the SCUBA industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor and explain why this profession might interest you.

Please contact us for more information at 508-651-0698 or email us a mark@massdiving.com . We will be happy to attend a troop meeting, explain the scuba programs, and set up a program for your troop.

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SCUBA BSA Program

Boy Scouts of America

Welcome to our SCUBA BSA Award Program. This program consists of two parts - Knowledge Development and Water Skills Development. In the first part participants learn basic dive safety information and an overview of the skills to be used during their water experience. The Water Skills Development session introduces essential dive skills, such as mask clearing, regulator clearing, and alternate air source use. This is not a diver certification course. Participants will earn their SCUBA BSA Award.

Course Prerequisites
Age 14 years or older, Turn in a completed health history form and a completed liability waiver form with their parent's signature.
Note: Participants may have to get a physician's approval before enrolling in this course.

Academic Session
Course Overview and Paperwork
Define SCUBA
The Buddy System
Equipment Overview - Mask, snorkel, Fins, boots, exposure suits, regulators, dive computers, tanks, BCD and snorkel vests, weight belts.
Air Spaces and Equalizing Techniques - mask, ears, lungs, and sinuses
Communication - use of hand signals
Buoyancy Control
Important Diving Rules and Safety Procedures
Pressure/Volume/Density Relationships
Effects of Nitrogen
Confined Water Overview

Confined Water Session
1. BSA Swim Test - Jump feet first into water overhead in depth. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side stroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting stroke. The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the test, rest by floating.
2. Equipment Donning
3. Use of BCD Inflation and Deflation at the Surface
4. Breathing Underwater
5. Hand Signals Underwater
6. Regulator Clearing and Recovery
7. Partial Mask Clearing
8. Swimming Underwater - fin use, equalizing, buoyancy control
9. Gauge reading underwater
10. Alternate Air Source Use
11. Free Time
12. Ascending

Equipment Provided
All Scuba equipment is supplied - mask, snorkel, fins, tank, regulator, BCD, wetsuit, and weight belts. Students may bring their own mask, snorkel, and fins to class.
If students purchase their masks, snorkels, and fins before the program they will receive an equipment discount of 10% OFF.

Student Must Provide
Bathing Suit and Towel

Course Schedule
Classroom Session 1.5 Hours, Pool Session 2 Hours

Course Fees
Classroom, Pool and Lifeguard Fee - $25 per lane per hour
Instruction and Equipment Use - $60.00 per person
Note: Participants may provide their own pools at their expense provided it meets size and temperature requirements.

Student To Instructor Ratio
12 Students to 1 Instructor and Divemaster

Program Size
6 to 12 participants

Course Dates
Set up on an individual basis and pool availability.

Pool Location
Wayland Community Pool 258 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland, MA 01778
Other pools may be used and pool price will be adjusted to reflect new pool fees.

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Snorkling BSA Program

Boy Scouts of America

Welcome to our Snorkel BSA Program.  This program consists of two parts - Knowledge Development and Water Skills Development. In the first part participants learn basic snorkeling safety information and overview the skills to be used during their water experience.  The Water Skills Development session introduces essential snorkeling skills, such as snorkel clearing, proper fin techniques, and surface dives. This is not a certification course.  Participants will earn their Snorkeling BSA Award

Course Prerequisites
Age 12 years or older, complete a health history form, and a completed liability waiver form with their parent's signature.
Note: Participants may have to get a physician's approval before you are enrolled in this course.

Academic Session
Course overview and paperwork
Define snorkeling
The Buddy System
Equipment Overview - Mask, snorkel, fins, boots, exposure suits, weight belts, and snorkel vests
Dive Flags
Equipment Marking
Equipment Care and Maintenance
Pressure and its effects
Air Spaces and Equalizing Techniques - mask, ears, and sinuses
Buoyancy
Adapting to the Underwater World - Heat, Vision, Sound, and Color
Important Snorkeling Rules and Safety Procedures
Define Airway Control
Define Intentional Hyperventilation - use and abuse
Hypothermia
Submersion Effects
What is CPR and in-water use
Diver's Signals - Audible and Visual, Hand Signals, slates, bangers, Dive Alert
Environmental Factors for safe snorkeling - pool, pond, ocean, and rivers
Ascents and Descents
Confined Water Overview

Confined Water Session

1. BSA Swim Test - Jump feet first into water overhead in depth.  Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes:  side stroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting stroke.  The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least on sharp turn.  After completing test, rest by floating.
2. Mask Defogging, equipment donning and adjustment
3. Snorkel Clearing
4. Use of Fins at the Surface and below water using flutter kick and dolphin kick
5. Surface Dives
6. Locate and raise a 10lb object
7. Locate and raise a small object
8. Entry and Exit Techniques
9. Free Time to Practice

Equipment Provided
All snorkeling equipment is supplied - mask, snorkel, fins, Students may bring their own mask, snorkel, and fins to class.
If the student purchases their mask, snorkel, and fins before the program they will receive an equipment discount of 10% OFF.

Student Must Provide
Bathing Suit and Towel

Course Schedule
Classroom Session 1.5 Hours, Pool Session 2 Hours

Course Fees
Classroom, Pool and Lifeguard Fee - $25 per lane per hour
Instruction and Equipment Use - $35.00 per person
Note: Participants may provide their own pools at their expense provided it meets size and temperature requirements.

Student To Instructor Ratio
20 Students to 1 Instructor and Divemaster

Program Size
10 to 20 participants

Course Dates
Set up on an individual basis and pool availability.

Pool Location
Wayland Community Pool 258 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland, MA 01778