Water Sports

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Watersports merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1969
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID:
Requirements revision: 2007
Latest pamphlet revision: 1999/2007

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Water Sports requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in water sports activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    b. Review prevention, symptoms, and first-aid treatment for the following injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in water sports: blisters, cold-water shock and hypothermia, dehydration, heat-related illnesses, sunburn, sprains, strains, minor cuts and bruises, spinal injury, and concussions and head trauma.
    c. Review the BSA Safety Afloat policy. Tell how it applies to water sports.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Discuss with your counselor the characteristics of life jackets most appropriate for water sports, and tell why one must always be worn while waterskiing or wakeboarding. Then demonstrate how to select and fit a life jacket for water sports activities.
    b. Review and discuss the Water Sports Safety Code with your counselor. Promise that you will live up to it and follow it in all water work for this merit badge. Review the safety precautions that must be used by the boat operator in pulling waterskiers and wakeboarders.
  3. Before doing requirements 4 through 6, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth. Level off and 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.
  4. Show the following skier signals to the safety observer in the boat: skier safe, faster, slower, turns, back to dock, cut motor, skier in water.
  5. Showing reasonable control while using two skis, one ski, or a wakeboard, do EACH of the following:
    a. Show how to enter the water from a boat and make a deepwater start without help.
    b. Starting from outside the wakes, show you can cross both wakes four times and return to the center of the wake each time, without falling.
    c. Show you can fall properly to avoid an obstacle. Also show that you can drop handle and coast to a stop without losing your balance.
  6. While on shore, show that you know how to properly adjust the bindings of your ski(s) or wakeboard to fit yourself. Then, in deep water, show you can adjust bindings to fit. Recover and put on your ski(s) or wakeboard that has come off during a fall.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #637685)

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Waterskiing was rewritten in 2008 as Water Sports.

1. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in water sports, including hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, sunburn, minor cuts and blisters.
2. Do the following:
A. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person. Explain how such conditions are recognized.
B. Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
3. Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
4. Do the following:
A. Discuss the BSA Safety Afloat policy. Tell how it applies to Water Sports.
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.
C. Know the Water Sports Safety Code. Promise that you will live up to it and follow it in all water work for this badge. Know the safety precautions that must be used by the boat operator in pulling water-skiers and wakeboarders.
5. Show the following skier signals to the safety observer in the boat: skier safe, faster, slower, turns, back to dock, cut motor, skier in water.
6. Showing reasonable control while using two skis, one ski, or a wakeboard, do EACH of the following:
A. Show how to enter the water from a boat and make a deepwater start without help.
B. Show you can cross both wakes four times and return to the center of the wake each time without falling.
C. Show you can fall properly to avoid an obstacle. Also, show that you can drop handle and coast to a stop without loss of balance.
7. While on shore, show that you now how to properly adjust the bindings on your ski(s) or wakeboard to fit yourself. Then, in deep water, show that you can adjust bindings to fit. Recover and put on your ski(s) or wakeboard that has come off during a fall.

Source: 2008 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)

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