Snorkelling Scout Interest Badge
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Before being trained or examined for this badge, a Scout must satisfy the examiner that he is medically fit for snorkelling.
- The Scout must have passed the Swimming Scoutcraft Badge, or have completed all its requirements.
- To be completed in a swimming pool wearing only a swimsuit. One minutes rest is allowed between each test.
- Swim 200m freestyle in not more than 8 minutes.
- Float on back for 5 minutes using only slight arm and leg movements, or use drown-proofing for 5 minutes.
- Tread water with arms folded across chest for one minute.
- Recover object from no less than 2 metres.
- To be completed in a swimming pool using a mask, snorkel and fins. A wetsuit with neutralising weight belt may be worn.
- Sink mask, snorkel and fins in 3 to 5m of water. Dive for each individual item separately and refit on surface. If wearing a wetsuit the weight belt is not to be removed. If no wetsuit is worn, a weight belt of 5% of body weight should be worn.
- Whilst treading water, remove weight belt and hand to a person on the poolside. Retrieve from person and refit whilst still treading water.
- Fin 200m doing at least 8 neat duck dives.
- Tow buddy 50m.
- Fin 25m underwater.
- Hold breath for 20 seconds underwater.
- Remove mask. Fin 50m with face submerged and breathing through snorkel. One hand is to be behind the back and the other used to steady the snorkel.
- To be completed in open water. A wetsuit with neutralising weight belt may be worn. Before entering the water discuss the dive plan with the examiner.
- Fin 400m wearing basic snorkelling equipment.
- Dive to 5m and signal "OK” afterwards.
- Tow his buddy 50m.
- The Scout should have a sound knowledge of the following:
- Basic snorkelling equipment, its use and care;
- Boyle's Law and the effects of pressure on the body, especially the lungs, ears and sinuses;
- Dive planning (pre dive check, signals, lost buddy procedure);
- Resuscitation techniques.
SCUBA training is excluded from this badge because training should only be given by a qualified instructor.
Requirements in PDF