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  • Does anyone know of a video link that shows the inflating of the pants?

    References are here for finding information on the swimming merit badge requirements

    1. First Aid references in the scout handbook
    1. hypothermia - page 322, 323
    2. dehydration - page 321
    3. heat reactions - heat stroke - page 320
    4. heat emergencies - page 319, 320
    5. muscle cramps - not in the scout manual(?)
    6. stings and bites - page 310 - 313
    7. cuts and scrapes - page 304
    8. spinal injuries - not in the scout manual(?)
    9. hyperventilation - page 314
    2. CPR-related requirements - scout manual page 294 - 297
    a. conditions - page 294, 295
    b. demonstrating - page 296, 297
    3. Swimming descriptions:
    2nd class requirements - 7a, 7b, and 7c are found in the current scout handbook at page 99.
    1st class requirements - 9a is on page 153.
    4. Survival skills - scout manual page 160, 161
    5. Swim Strokes - pages 156, 159
    6. Survival Floats - page 155
    7. Water entry methods - page 103
    8. One of the following:
    a. Snokeling - not discussed in the scout manual
    b. Competitive Swimming - not discussed in the scout manual
    9. Diving into deep water - not discussed
    10. Swimming for health and fitness - see Chapter 15
    a. benefits of aerobic exercise - page 386

    Item 3, Second Class Rank Requirements, are now 8a - 8c.

    I believe Swimming for 2nd Class is now numbered: 8a, 8b, 8c. 7/16/2011 ~~~~ J. Cincy

    Missing old requirements

    The old requirements have been cut off -- it's missing the following:

    (9b) Before doing the following requirement, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feetfirst 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.
    (9c) With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.
    4. Demonstrate survival skills by jumping feetfirst into deep water wearing clothes (shoes, socks, swim trunks, long pants, belt, and long-sleeved shirt). Remove shoes and socks, inflate the shirt, and show that you can float using the shirt for support. Remove and inflate the pants. Swim 50 feet using the inflated pants for support, then show how to reinflate the pants while still afloat.
    5. Swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good form and in a strong manner: front crawl or trudgen for 25 yards, back crawl for 25 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards.
    6. Do the following:
    a. Float faceup in a resting position for at least one minute.
    b. Demonstrate survival floating for at least five minutes.
    c. While wearing a properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD), demonstrate the HELP and huddle positions. Explain their purposes.
    d. Explain why swimming or survival floating will hasten the onset of hypothermia in cold water.
    7. In water over your head, but not to exceed 10 feet, do each of the following:
    a. Use the feetfirst method of surface diving and bring an object up from the bottom.
    b. Do a headfirst surface dive (pike or tuck), and bring the object up again.
    c. Do a headfirst surface dive to a depth of at least 5 feet and swim underwater for three strokes. Come to the surface, take a breath, and repeat the sequence twice.
    8. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Demonstrate snorkeling and scuba diving knowledge:
    1. Demonstrate selection and fit of mask, snorkel, and fins; discuss safety in both pool and open-water snorkeling.
    2. Demonstrate proper use of mask, snorkel, and fins for underwater search and rescue.
    3. Describe the sport of scuba diving or snorkeling, and demonstrate your knowledge of BSA policies and procedures relating to that sport.


    b.Demonstrate the following competitive swimming skills:
    1.Racing dive from a pool edge or dock edge (no elevated dives from racing platforms or starting blocks)
    2.Racing form for 25 yards on one competitive stroke (front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, or butterfly)
    3.Racing turns for the stroke that you chose in 8b(2), OR, if the camp facilities cannot accommodate the racing turn, repeat 8b(2) with an additional stroke.
    4. Describe the sport of competitive swimming.
    9. Following the guidelines set in the BSA Safe Swim Defense, in water at least 7 feet deep, show a standing headfirst dive from a dock or pool deck. Show a long shallow dive, also from the dock or pool deck.
    10. Do the following:
    a. Explain the health benefits of regular aerobic exercise, and explain why many people today do not get enough of the beneficial kinds of exercise.
    b. Discuss why swimming is favored as both a fitness and a therapeutic exercise.
    c. Write a plan for a swimming exercise program that will promote aerobic/vascular fitness, strength and muscle tone, body flexibility, and weight control for a person of Scout age. Identify resources and facilities available in your home community that would be needed for such a program.
    d. Discuss with your counselor the incentives and obstacles for staying with the fitness program you identified in requirement 10c. Explain the unique benefits that could be gained from this program, and discuss how personal health awareness and self-discipline would relate to your own willingness and ability to pursue such a program.

    Dfscott 09:51, June 16, 2014 (EDT)

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