TROOP•444

Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Water Sports Merit Badge

 

Water Sports

 

 

Requirements

  1. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in water sports, including hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, sunburn, minor cuts and blisters.
  2. Do the following:
        A. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person. Explain how such
              conditions are recognized.
        B. Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your
              counselor.
  3. Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
  4. Do the following:
        A. Discuss the BSA Safety Afloat policy. Tell how it applies to Water Sports.
        B. Name the different types of personal flotation devices (PFDs), and explain when each type should be
              used. Show how to choose and properly fit a PFD.
        C. Know the Water Sports Safety Code. Promise that you will live up to it and follow it in all water
              work for this badge. Know the safety precautions that must be used by the boat operator in pulling
              water-skiers and wakeboarders.
  5. Show the following skier signals to the safety observer in the boat: skier safe, faster, slower, turns, back to dock, cut motor, skier in water.
  6. Showing reasonable control while using two skis, one ski, or a wakeboard, do EACH of the following:
        A. Show how to enter the water from a boat and make a deepwater start without help.
        B. Show you can cross both wakes four times and return to the center of the wake each time without
              falling.
        C. Show you can fall properly to avoid an obstacle. Also, show that you can drop handle and coast to a
              stop without loss of balance.
  7. While on shore, show that you know how to properly adjust the bindings on your ski(s) or wakeboard to fit yourself. Then, in deep water, show that you can adjust bindings to fit. Recover and put on your ski(s) or wakeboard that has come off during a fall.

Water Sports Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
TRUSTWORTHY
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
FRIENDLY
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
COURTEOUS
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
KIND
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
OBEDIENT
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
CHEERFUL
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
THRIFTY
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
BRAVE
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
CLEAN
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.
REVERENT