Weekend Trip for Boy Scouts Merit Badge and
Open water Scuba Certification through SDI
Listed below are the BSA requirements for the merit badge:
- Do the following:
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while scuba diving, including hypothermia, hyperventilation, squeezes, decompression illness, nitrogen narcosis, motion sickness, fatigue, overexertion, heat reactions, dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and cuts and scrapes.
- Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person and explain how to recognize such conditions. Demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
- Before completing requirements 3 through 6, earn the Swimming merit badge.
- Discuss the Scuba Diver’s Code with your merit badge counselor and explain the importance of each guideline to a scuba diver’s safety.
- Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy.
- Explain what an ecosystem is and describe four aquatic ecosystems a diver might experience.
- Find out about three career opportunities in the scuba industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor and explain why this profession might interest you.
Minimum Course Content for Open Water Diver Certification
The following abbreviated list represents the RSTC “Minimum Course Content for Open Water Diver Certification.” It is not intended as a complete outline of learning objectives for an Open Water Diver course. Development of learning objectives is left to the respective training agencies. During the Open Water Diver course, you can look forward to learning basic scuba theory and developing entry-level scuba skills required for certification. All scuba instruction must meet the minimum training standards for Entry-Level Scuba Certification set by the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC). Your course will consist of the topics and scuba skills required by the training organization and as outlined in this section. At a minimum, the following will be covered.
- Equipment. Learn the physical description, operating principles, maintenance, and use of the following equipment items—face mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, exposure suit, weights and weight system, float and flag, cylinders, valves, regulators/air-delivery system, submersible pressure gauge, alternate air source, timing device, compass, depth gauge, dive table or dive computers, knife.
- Physics of Diving. Learn the physical principles of matter and their application to diving activities and hazards.
- Medical Problems Related to Diving. Learn the causes, symptoms, prevention, and first-aid and treatment of diving medical problems.
- Decompression Theory and Use of Dive Tables and/or Dive Computers. Learn how to determine no-decompression limits for single and repetitive dives, plus how to use dive tables and/or dive computers to properly plan and execute a dive.
- Dive Environment. Learn information on the local and general conditions of the diving environment and their possible effects on the diver.
Arrive at Dive Site .
Set up camp.
Plan for weekend diving and presentations.
8 AM get ready for Swim Tests and Dive Skills
12-1 – Break for lunch
1PM – Get Ready for 1st dive
2PM – 3 Dive Logs dive tables
3PM – Get ready for dive 2nd dive
4PM – Clean up pack car for air fills
5PM – Break for dinner.
Dark – campfire and lights out.
8AM – Breakfast, get ready to dive!
10 AM—3rd Dive
11-12- log books, water, snacks
1PM 4th dive
2PM Final Dive Logs, pack up, head home.