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The Aquanaut Activity Badge teaches swimming skills and basic water and boat safety.
The Aquanaut Activity Badge teaches swimming skills and basic water and boat safety.
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Revision as of 18:43, November 23, 2010

Webelos Scout Aquanaut activity badge (pin) resources include the Aquanaut worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF
and cross-references for related Cub Scout belt loops & pins and Cub Scout awards.
Aquanaut is great for Webelos Summer Camp or a night at the pool.
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Activity Badge

The Webelos Aquanaut Activity Badge is one of 20 different Activity Badges that can be earned in the Webelos Scout Program. The requirements are typically worked on during den meetings or den activities while the skills are practiced at home, with the help of the Webelos Scout's family. The requirements are either completed with the den or at home with the den leader's approval. Projects are brought to meetings to share with the den and for Webelos Den Leader or Activity Badge Counselor approval.

The Aquanaut Activity Badge teaches swimming skills and basic water and boat safety.


Aquanaut requirements

Do these:

  1. Jump into water over your head. Come to the surface and swim 100 feet, at least half of this using a backstroke.
  2. Stay in the water after the swim and float on your back and your front, and demonstrate survival floating.
  3. Put on a personal floatation device (PFD) that is the right size for you. Make sure it is properly fastened. Wearing the PFD, jump into water over your head. Show how the PFD keeps your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the water, remove the PFD, and hang it where it will dry.

And do three of these:

  1. Do a front surface dive and swim under water for four strokes before returning to the surface.
  2. Explain the four basic water rescue methods. Demonstrate reaching and throwing rescues.
  3. With an adult on board, show that you know how to handle a rowboat.
  4. Pass the BSA "swimmer" test:
    • Jump feet-first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming.
    • Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl.
    • Then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
    • After completing the swim, rest by floating.
    The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  5. While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Sports belt loop for swimming.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Webelos Cub Scout Handbook, 2003 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #34754 (formerly #33452))

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Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.


Worksheet A FREE workbook for Aquanaut is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Aquanaut requirements. has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

Requirement resources

The Safe Swim Defense is in the Aquanaut Worksheet.

1. Jump into water over your head - How to Swim - Backstroke - pp. 85-91
2. Floating - Survival Floating - p. 88
3. Personal Flotation Device - p. 99
4. Surface Dives - Swimming Underwater - p.92
5. Reach, Throw, Row, Go (with animated graphics at the bottom of the page) - pp. 97-98
6. Rowing - p. 98
7. BSA Swim Test - Sidestroke - Breaststroke - Trudgen - Crawl - Backstroke - Floating - Swimming Turns - pp. 85-91
8. Cub Scout Swimming belt loop

General Resources

Related awards

  • Aquanaut Requirements 1 & 2 are similar to First Class Requirement 9b
  • Aquanaut Requirement 5 is similar to Second Class Requirement 7c & First Class Requirement 9c
  • Aquanaut Requirement 7 is similar to Second Class Requirement 7b
  • Aquanaut is preparing the Scout for the Swimming Merit Badge.
Aquatic Awards Links
Aquatic-related awards

Sports and Fitness Awards

Sports-related awards

See also

Webelos Den Leader portal

External links

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