WHitewater Rafting BSA Award
 
Scoutmaster Bucky - Whitewater Rafting BSA AwardThe Whitewater Rafting BSA Award provides an introduction to whitewater rafting skills and safety procedures and serves as a program opportunity for Boy Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scioutng units in camp or out. Mastery of Whitewater Rafting BSA skills is a first critical step towards satisfying Safety Afloat guidelines for safe whitewater rafting excursions. The award is available to BSA youth and adults who are members of Boy Scout, Venturing, or Sea Scout units.
Whitewater Rafting BSA card
Requirements for the award focus on safety and basic paddling skills on whitewater up to Class III. All instruction and skill completions are directly supervised by a professionally trained or licensed rafting guide. A qualified raft captain must be in each raft during the Whitewater Rafting BSA patchrequired trip. Participants help power and control the raft with paddles – simply riding in a raft rowed by a guide is not sufficient



Note:
Swim trunks emblem - The Whitewater Rafting BSA patch is NOT worn on the uniform; it is worn on the left side of the swim trunks.
 
Whitewater Rafting form:    click here
 
Whitewater Rafting BSA Award REQUIREMENTS source: Boy Scout Requirements: 2018 Edition
 

1. Before fulfilling the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Name the parts of a whitewater raft.

b. Describe the differences between a paddle raft and an oar powered raft.

c. Explain the importance of perimeter lines used on whitewater rafts.

d. Demonstrate how to choose an appropriate size paddle.

e. Demonstrate how to select and properly fit a life jacket.

f. Demonstrate how to select and properly fit a helmet.

g. Discuss the use of throw ropes in rescuing overboard paddlers.

h. Discuss common river hazards including rocks, strainers, broaching, standing waves, hydraulics, and foot entrapment.

 

3. Explain the importance of safety equipment used in whitewater rafting including throw ropes, helmets, and life jackets. Also discuss appropriate clothing and footwear for a whitewater rafting trip.

 

4. Under proper supervision and appropriate conditions, safely do the following:

a. Lift, carry, launch, and land an inflatable raft, with help, on calm or slow moving water.

b. Sit in a raft as a paddler with proper foot position.

c. Swim a Class I rapid while wearing a life jacket, helmet, and attire appropriate for the water temperature. Demonstrate defensive and aggressive swimming positions as possible.

 

5. While on calm or slow moving water, demonstrate the following strokes in an inflatable raft with at least one other paddler and on command of a qualified paddle captain:

a. Forward

b. Back

c. Sweep

 

6. While on moving water up to Class I, demonstrate the following maneuvers with at least three other paddlers in an inflatable raft and on the command of a qualified paddle raft captain:

a. Turn left

b. Turn right

c. Paddle forward in a straight line for 50 feet

d. Back paddle reasonably straight for 15 feet

 

7. While on moving water up to Class I, demonstrate the following maneuvers with at least three other paddlers in an inflatable raft and on the command of a qualified paddle raft captain:

a. A front or a back ferry.

b. A shallow or a wide eddy turn.

c. A shallow or a wide peel out.

 

8. Participate in a whitewater rafting trip in up to Class III whitewater with a qualified paddle raft captain in each raft using a minimum of two rafts and for at least one hour's duration.

 

 
this page last reviewed / updated: November 2018
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