Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Water Sports Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their Swimming Merit Badge, First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the requirements for this badge are done in these areas and will make the Water Sports Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered.

Access to and use of watercraft equipment is necessary to complete this merit badge.

If you like the Water Sports Merit Badge, consider also doing Canoeing, Lifesaving, Motorboating, Rowing, SCUBA Diving, Small-Boat Sailing, Swimming, or Whitewater.


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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


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 bruises, 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 life jackets, and explain when each type should be used. Show how to choose and properly fit a life jacket.

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 losing your balance


7. While on shore, show that you now how to properly adjust the bindings on your ski(s) or wakeboard to fit yourself. Then, in deep water, show you can adjust bindings to fit. Recover and put on your ski(s) or wakeboard that has come off during a fall


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015