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.

Badge requirements[edit]

Snorkelling Interest Badge
  1. The Scout must have passed the Swimming Scoutcraft Badge, or have completed all its requirements.
  2. To be completed in a swimming pool wearing only a swimsuit. One minutes rest is allowed between each test.
    1. Swim 200m freestyle in not more than 8 minutes.
    2. Float on back for 5 minutes using only slight arm and leg movements, or use drown-proofing for 5 minutes.
    3. Tread water with arms folded across chest for one minute.
    4. Recover object from no less than 2 metres.
  3. To be completed in a swimming pool using a mask, snorkel and fins. A wetsuit with neutralising weight belt may be worn.
    1. 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.
    2. Whilst treading water, remove weight belt and hand to a person on the poolside. Retrieve from person and refit whilst still treading water.
    3. Fin 200m doing at least 8 neat duck dives.
    4. Tow buddy 50m.
    5. Fin 25m underwater.
    6. Hold breath for 20 seconds underwater.
    7. 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.
  4. 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.
    1. Fin 400m wearing basic snorkelling equipment.
    2. Dive to 5m and signal "OK” afterwards.
    3. Tow his buddy 50m.
  5. The Scout should have a sound knowledge of the following:
    1. Basic snorkelling equipment, its use and care;
    2. Boyle's Law and the effects of pressure on the body, especially the lungs, ears and sinuses;
    3. Hyperventilation;
    4. Hypothermia;
    5. Dive planning (pre dive check, signals, lost buddy procedure);
    6. Resuscitation techniques.

SCUBA training is excluded from this badge because training should only be given by a qualified instructor.

Requirements in PDF[edit]

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