The SCUBA Diving Merit Badge is one of the most difficult, costly and time consuming merit badges a Scout can earn.  With the outside certification required for this merit badge, it may be a popular one for interest but few Scouts will have the resources to complete this one.

If you like the SCUBA Diving Merit Badge, consider also doing Canoeing, Lifesaving, Oceanography, Rowing, Small-Boat Sailing, and Water Sports.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Summer 2015

Twin Cities, MN


24 Scouts

Summer 2014

Twin Cities, MN


14 Scouts

Summer 2013

Twin Cities, MN


12 Scouts

Saturday April 7, 2012

Edina, MN


7 Scouts

Saturday January 14, 2012

Edina, MN


8 Scouts

Saturday May 21, 2011

Delano, MN


1 Scouts

Saturday January 15, 2011

Edina, MN


5 Scouts





Dec 2009



Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Scuba Diving Merit Badge History Page:

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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


1. Do the following:

a. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while scuba diving, including hypothermia, hyperventilation, squeezes, decompression illness, nitrogen narcosis, motion sickness, fatigue, overexertion, heat reactions, dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and cuts and scrapes

b. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how to recognize such conditions. Demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor


2. Before completing requirements 3 through 6, earn the Swimming merit badge


3. Discuss the Scuba Diverís Code with your merit badge counselor, and explain the importance of each guideline to a scuba diverís safety


4. Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy


5. Explain what an ecosystem is, and describe four aquatic ecosystems a diver might experience


6. Find out about three career opportunities in the scuba industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015