Boy Scout SCUBA Diving Merit Badge Opportunity

Boy Scout at Camp Emerald Bay

Los Angeles, CA – April 17, 2014 –In order to progress through the ranks, boy scouts must earn merit badges. These badges are earned after a scout has demonstrated a specific level of proficiency in a particular field. One of the most popular merit badges is for scuba diving. Boy Scout Scuba diving is something that is both fun and enjoyable for all those involved in scouting.

According to an article in Boy’s Life Magazine, “You don’t have to live in a tropical paradise environment to earn the BSA’s Scuba Diving merit badge…eight Scouts from Troop 366 earned their open water certification …for their open-water training, the Scouts headed to nearby Beaver Lake in Arkansas, where they spent two days and completed a total of five dives.” 

Swim Test 

One of the requirements for the merit badge is the completion of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) swimmer test. During the test scouts must do everything from swim 75 yards in a strong manner, 25 yards with a simple backstroke and more. All of the elements of the BSA swim test must be done during a single swim time with no stopping. 


Boy Scout scuba diving introduces scouts to all the equipment and safety precautions that go with scuba diving. These skills help scouts with fitness and develop their abilities for more advanced diving. Scouts will learn about 24 skills including mask clearing, regulator recovery and clearing, using an alternate source of air and more. 


Scouts need to learn underwater communications as well as the proper use and maintenance of scuba equipment. They will learn how to handle the effects of pressure as well as how to control buoyancy. All important elements of safety will be addressed during scuba lessons. 

Buddy System 

Scouts will learn the value of scuba diving with a buddy. A dive buddy can help with putting on and taking off equipment. They can provide help should an emergency situation occur. Scouts are taught to never dive alone. 

Qualified Instructors 

All scout scuba diving lessons are conducted by qualified instructors. Nobody should try and learn scuba diving from anyone who does not possess the proper instructor certifications. 

If you would like to know more about Boy Scout scuba diving we can help. For over 20 years, Malibu Divers manages the largest boy scout PADI SCUBA certification programs in the world at Camp Emerald Bay in Catalina. 

Contact us today and learn more.


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