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== Award requirements ==
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|caption = This [https://www.scoutshop.org/snorkeling-emblem-248.html cloth emblem (No. 248)] is not worn on the [[uniform]].<br>It is an aquatic insignia and can be worn on swim trunks.
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{{TOCleft}}The [[Snorkeling BSA]] requirements introduce Scout-age children and adult leaders to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with snorkeling; encourage the development of aquatics skills that promote fitness and recreation; and provide a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity.
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:1. Before doing other requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feetfirst 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. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
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<big>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}]] is not a merit badge.</big>
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:2. Discuss the importance of using the buddy system at all times while snorkeling and list duties of a buddy, beginning with equipment checks.
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:3. Explain the function, fit, and selection of mask, fins, and snorkel. Discuss the use of inflatable flotation vests and PFD’s when snorkeling in open water.
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:4. In confined, shallow water (about waist deep), demonstrate use of mask and snorkel:
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::a. Show how to prevent the mask from fogging and how to equalize pressure in mask, ears, and sinus cavities. With your head underwater, flood the mask, observe the effect on your vision, surface, and drain the water from the mask.
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::b. With your face in the water, breathe through the snorkel. Then submerge, surface, clear water from the snorkel, and resume free breathing without removing the snorkel from your mouth.
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:5. In confined, shallow water, demonstrate the use of swim fins: Do first using only fins, and then repeat with a mask and snorkel.
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::a. Fit and adjust fins to feet.
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::b. Walk with fins as if entering from a beach.
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::c. Swim at the surface (10 yards) and underwater (three yards) using the flutter kick.
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::d. Control direction without using hands while swimming with fins at the surface and underwater.
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:6. In confined, deep water (six to 12 feet), demonstrate:
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::a. Proper techniques for entering and exiting the water with snorkeling equipment from a dock or boat.
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::b. Headfirst and feetfirst surface dives, including proper body position for safe ascent and descent.
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:7. Show knowledge of snorkeling signals:
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::a. Demonstrate divers’ signs and signals, both audible and visual, for use at the surface and underwater.
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::b. Set out a diver down flag and explain its function.
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:8. In clear, confined water eight to 12 feet deep that has a firm bottom, while swimming with a buddy, use mask, fins, and snorkel to locate and recover an object from the bottom.
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:9. Demonstrate basic survival skills:
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::a. Float facedown for five minutes while breathing through a snorkel with a minimum of movement.
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::b. Demonstrate survival floating for five minutes without use of a snorkel.
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::c. Using fins, show how to tow an exhausted or unconscious buddy to safety.
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:10. Review and explain the eight points of Safe Swim Defense and BSA Snorkeling Safety. Explain training, preparations, and precautions required for snorkeling in open water. Explain environmental factors that affect snorkeling and discuss special precautions needed for oceans, streams, and lakes.
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:11. Explain pressure, buoyancy, and submerged optics and acoustics related to snorkel swimming and diving.
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:12. Discuss the effects of submersion on the body and how to handle potentially dangerous situations:
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::a. What is hyperventilation and how is it avoided?
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::b. What are the symptoms and consequences of hypothermia?
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::c. Why is CPR training recommended for those participating in swimming and snorkeling activities?
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''Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)''
 
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[[Image:Snorkeling-BSA-Pocket-Certificate-Front-621533.jpg|thumb|Snorkeling BSA Pocket Certificate (Front) (No. [https://www.scoutshop.org/snorkeling-pocket-certificate-621533.html 621533])]] [[Image:Snorkeling-BSA-Pocket-Certificate-Reverse-621533.jpg|thumb|Snorkeling BSA Pocket Certificate (Reverse) (No. [https://www.scoutshop.org/snorkeling-pocket-certificate-621533.html 621533])]]
== Notes ==
== Notes ==
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=== BSA Snorkeling Safety ===
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== Requirement resources ==
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'''1'''. [[BSA Swim Test]] - [[Diving]] (has feet-first entries as well)<br>
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*[[Sidestroke]] - [[Breaststroke]] - [[Trudgen]] - [[Crawl]] - [[Backstroke]] - [[Swimming Turns]] - [[Floating]]<br>
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'''2'''. [[Buddy System]]<br>
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'''3 - 7'''. [[Snorkling]] <br>
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'''5c'''. [[Swimming Strokes]] - [[Swimming Underwater]] <br>
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'''6a'''. [[Diving]] (has feet-first entries as well) <br>
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'''6b'''. [[Surface Diving]] <br>
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'''9a'''. [[Floating]]<br>
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'''9b'''. [[Survival Floating]]<br>
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'''9c'''. [[Lifesaving Skills]]<br>
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'''10'''. [[Safe Swim Defense]] and * [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#l BSA Snorkeling Safety]<br>
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'''11 & 12'''. [[Snorkling]] <br>
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'''12a'''. [[Hyperventilation]]<br>
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'''12b'''. [[Hypothermia]]<br>
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'''12c'''. [[CPR]]<br>
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The eight points of BSA Snorkeling Safety are::
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== Related Ranks, Awards, and Merit Badges ==
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:1. Qualified Supervision
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:2. Physical Fitness
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:4. Proper Equipment
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{{Aquatic Awards Links}}
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:5. Qualified Lifeguards / Lookout
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:6. Ability
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:7. Buddy System
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:8. Discipline
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== Help with these requirements ==
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== External links ==
== External links ==
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* [https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/snorkeling/ Snorkeling BSA] &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/430-603.pdf Snorkeling BSA Requirements and Approval form (No. 430-603)] (2015 Printing) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [https://www.scoutshop.org/snorkeling-emblem-248.html Snorkeling Emblem] &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* [https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/19-176.pdf BSA Snorkeling Safety (No. 19-176)] (2006 Printing) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [https://www.padi.com Professional Association of Diving Instructors] &mdash; PADI.com
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* [https://www.naui.org/ National Association of Underwater Instructors] &mdash; NAUI.org
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;[[Guide to Safe Scouting]]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#l Snorkeling]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#b Safe Swim Defense]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#c Classification of Swimming Ability]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#i Swimming Area]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#g Water Clarity]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#d Pool and Surf Swimming]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#j Diving and Elevated Entry]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#kk Scuba BSA]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss02.aspx#k Scuba Policy]
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[[Category: Aquatic opportunities for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers]]
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[[Category: Boy Scout awards]]
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[[Category: Venturing awards]]
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[[Category: Sea Scout awards]]
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[[Category: Explorer awards]]
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[[Category: Adult Leader awards]]

Current revision

Snorkeling BSA

This cloth emblem (No. 248) is not worn on the uniform.
It is an aquatic insignia and can be worn on swim trunks.
Created:
Level:Boy Scout, Venturer, Sea Scout,
Explorer, Adult Leader

Contents

The Snorkeling BSA requirements introduce Scout-age children and adult leaders to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with snorkeling; encourage the development of aquatics skills that promote fitness and recreation; and provide a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity.

Snorkeling BSA is not a merit badge.



Snorkeling BSA requirements

  1. Before doing other requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feetfirst 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. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
  2. Discuss the importance of using the buddy system at all times while snorkeling and list duties of a buddy, beginning with equipment checks.
  3. Explain the function, fit, and selection of mask, fins, and snorkel. Discuss the use of inflatable flotation vests and life jackets when snorkeling in open water.
  4. In confined, shallow water (about waist deep), demonstrate use of mask and snorkel:
    a. Show how to prevent the mask from fogging and how to equalize pressure in mask, ears, and sinus cavities. With your head underwater, flood the mask, observe the effect on your vision, surface, and drain the water from the mask.
    b. With your face in the water, breathe through the snorkel. Then submerge, surface, clear water from the snorkel, and resume free breathing without removing the snorkel from your mouth.
  5. In confined, shallow water, demonstrate the use of swim fins: Do first using only fins, and then repeat with a mask and snorkel.
    a. Fit and adjust fins to feet.
    b. Walk with fins as if entering from a beach.
    c. Swim at the surface (10 yards) and underwater (three yards) using the flutter kick.
    d. Control direction without using hands while swimming with fins at the surface and underwater.
  6. In confined, deep water (6 to 12 feet), demonstrate:
    a. Proper techniques for entering and exiting the water with snorkeling equipment from a dock or boat.
    b. Headfirst and feetfirst surface dives, including proper body position for safe ascent and descent.
  7. Show knowledge of snorkeling signals:
    a. Demonstrate divers’ signs and signals, both audible and visual, for use at the surface and underwater.
    b. Set out a diver down flag and explain its function.
  8. In clear, confined water 8 to 12 feet deep that has a firm bottom, while swimming with a buddy, use mask, fins, and snorkel to locate and recover an object from the bottom.
  9. Demonstrate basic survival skills:
    a. Float facedown for five minutes while breathing through a snorkel with a minimum of movement.
    b. Demonstrate survival floating for five minutes without use of a snorkel.
    c. Using fins, show how to tow an exhausted or unconscious buddy to safety.
  10. Review and explain the eight points of Safe Swim Defense and BSA Snorkeling Safety. Explain training, preparations, and precautions required for snorkeling in open water. Explain environmental factors that affect snorkeling and discuss special precautions needed for oceans, streams, and lakes.
  11. Explain pressure, buoyancy, and submerged optics and acoustics related to snorkel swimming and diving.
  12. Discuss the effects of submersion on the body and how to handle potentially dangerous situations:
    a. What is hyperventilation and how is it avoided?
    b. What are the symptoms and consequences of hypothermia?
    c. Why is CPR training recommended for those participating in swimming and snorkeling activities?


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
2018 Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

Note to Counselors

Purpose: The Snorkeling BSA requirements introduce Scout-age children and adult leaders to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with snorkeling; encourage the development of aquatics skills that promote fitness and recreation; and provide a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity.

Counselors: Any adult trained and assigned by a currently certified BSA Aquatics Instructor may serve as a counselor for the Snorkeling BSA award. A person certified to conduct snorkeling instruction by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), or the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), or other BSA recognized agency also qualifies as a Snorkeling BSA counselor.

Recognition: The individual completing the official requirements qualifies for a recognition card and swimsuit patch. The completed award application should be submitted to the local council service center by the counselor or unit leader.

Programming: Instruction must be conducted in clear, confined water with a maximum depth of 12 feet. A swimming pool is recommended. Snorkeling BSA is ideally suited to winter programs using indoor pools. Three 45-minute sessions are recommended for instruction, practice, and completion of requirements.

References: The Swimming merit badge pamphlet provides reference material for Snorkeling BSA. NAUI, PADI, equipment manufacturers, and others publish references available through bookstores and dive shops. The PADI snorkeler’s field guide, Discover the Underwater World, is one such resource. Although few dedicated snorkeling texts are available, instruction manuals for scuba diving contain pertinent information.

Requirements: All requirements must be completed as stated on the application form. The counselor may not omit, vary, or add requirements. The skill requirements are presented in the order in which they should be taught to the Scout.

The second requirement considers the time-honored and time-proven principle of the buddy system. Snorkelers must use the buddy system at all times. Before beginning the activity, each person helps his buddy fit and check equipment. The principle of the buddy system is that two people can enjoy an aquatics activity together while each provides a critical margin of safety for the other. Each buddy must constantly be aware of the condition and circumstances of his buddy, and must always be prepared to call for aid or give immediate assistance if needed.



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Snorkeling BSA Pocket Certificate (Front) (No. 621533)
Snorkeling BSA Pocket Certificate (Front) (No. 621533)
Snorkeling BSA Pocket Certificate (Reverse) (No. 621533)
Snorkeling BSA Pocket Certificate (Reverse) (No. 621533)

Notes

Requirement resources

1. BSA Swim Test - Diving (has feet-first entries as well)

2. Buddy System
3 - 7. Snorkling
5c. Swimming Strokes - Swimming Underwater
6a. Diving (has feet-first entries as well)
6b. Surface Diving
9a. Floating
9b. Survival Floating
9c. Lifesaving Skills
10. Safe Swim Defense and * BSA Snorkeling Safety
11 & 12. Snorkling
12a. Hyperventilation
12b. Hypothermia
12c. CPR

Related Ranks, Awards, and Merit Badges

Aquatic-related awards

External links

Guide to Safe Scouting

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