Scuba diving

  • scuba divers underwater


Develop your skills and confidence by learning scuba diving.


Plan a series of activities that will help you learn how to scuba dive. These activities should be planned by various team members and chosen from the following five fields of emphasis. You should also choose and plan a culminating activity—such as a supervised dive in a pool—from one of the fields of emphasis.

Make sure to have a physical examination before completing the following activities. Also make sure that your parents or guardians have signed a permission slip for you to participate. Research any local diving shops to find more information about scuba diving. All Scouts will need access to scuba equipment for these activities.

Fields of emphasis

Personal Development

  • Develop a physical fitness plan and hold a series of activities that will help you improve your physical fitness and the efficiency with which your body absorbs oxygen.
  • Learn first aid for diving injuries and emergencies. Become familiar with diving safety equipment and procedures.
  • Explore and learn about the local wildlife that live in a nearby water resource. Learn how to identify different types of fish or plants.
  • Learn about scuba diving equipment. Under the supervision of a trained professional, try the equipment on and become familiar with it.
  • Learn how to regulate your breathing while swimming. You could test yourself by swimming in colder waters to see how your breathing changes.


  • Plan and complete a service project to clean up a nearby river, lake, beach, or other local water resource.

High adventure

  • Plan for the team to take a dive in a pool under the supervision of a trained professional.

Special programs and events

  • Go snorkeling as a team in a nearby water resource.
  • Complete your Safety Afloat certification.


  • Varsity activity pin
  • Personal fitness merit badge
  • Scuba diving merit badge
  • First aid merit badge
  • Swimming merit badge
  • Lifesaving merit badge

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