Motorboating

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Motorboating merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1961
Replaced: Seamanship
BSA Advancement ID: 076
Requirements revision: 2019
Latest pamphlet revision: 2015

Contents

With the fun of operating a motor boat boat comes the responsibility for keeping that boat in first-class condition, knowing and obeying the nautical "rules of the road," and gaining the general knowledge and skills to operate a boat safely.


Motorboating merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while motorboating, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    b. Explain first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while motorboating, including hypothermia, heat reactions, dehydration, motion sickness, bugbites, and blisters.
    c. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how such conditions are recognized. Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Before doing requirements 3 through 6, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
    Jump feet first into water over your head in depth, 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. The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
    b. Name the different types of personal flotation devices (PFDs), and explain when each type should be used. Show how to choose and properly fit a PFD.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Explain inboard, outboard, and inboard/outboard motors, and the uses and advantages of each. Discuss the special features of a bass boat and a ski boat.
    b. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving handling fuel and engine servicing, and equipment storage and placement.
    c. Explain how to winterize a boat motor and tell why this procedure is necessary.
    d. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving swimmers and skiers in the water, passenger positions underway, and boat wakes.
  4. Show you know safety laws for motorboating by doing the following:
    a. Have a permit to run a motorboat, if needed.
    b. Explain the rules or laws