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scout diverPADI and the BSA have joined forces to develop the new Scuba Diving Merit Badge! 

Like other merit badges, the Scuba Diving merit badge will teach and train youth in a manner consistent with the overall goals and values of the Boy Scouts of America.

Much like scouting, the overall philosophy of scuba encourages the quest for adventure.

It is a life changing experience that enables young men to embrace challenges in a whole new way.

Helpful Information Links
Scuba Merit Badge Exclusive BSA Offer Details (pdf)
Scuba Merit Badge Brochure (pdf)
Boy Scouts of America Aquatics information
Scuba Merit Badge Worksheet (pdf)

BSA scuba merit badge trainingPADI is the world leader in dive training with over 40 years experience. The Gulf Coast Council has approved Discovery Dive World, an exclusive PADI 5-Star training facility, as a BSA Scuba Merit Badge center. Discovery Dive World’s professional PADI staff offers training to local troops in the Niceville, Ft Walton Beach and surrounding areas.


About the High Adventure Scuba Merit Badge

Achieving the Scuba Diving merit badge results in a PADI Open Water Diver Certification… a lifetime certification that is only the first step into an endless world of new experiences, adventure and fun.

Scout Requirements (minimum age 12 years)

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while scuba diving.

  2. Identify pre-conditions and demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR

  3. Earn the Swimming merit badge (prerequisite for scuba diving training).

  4. Discuss and explain the importance of the Scuba Diver’s Code with your merit badge counselor.

  5. Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the BSA.

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

  7. Learn about three career opportunities in the scuba industry.

Options to organize and equip your scouts to achieve the Scuba Diving Merit Badge

  1. Register your scouts for Scuba at the Annual Spanish Trail Scout Camp

  2. Register your scouts for Scuba Merit Badge training offered directly at Discovery Dive World

Steps to Get Your Troop Involved

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Scuba Diving merit badge requirements

  2. Contact Discovery Dive World at (850) 678-5001 to request a group presentation to provide information and answer questions.

  3. Discovery Dive World will then organize a schedule for the course program.

  4. Explore fundraising options to raise money for everyone in your troop to participate in the PADI Scuba diving course and Scuba merit badge program

About Discovery Dive World’s Local Scuba Merit Badge Program
(exclusive scout rate $299. Reg $399)

  1. Dedicated scout parent meeting to outline the course logistics and scheduling

  2. Flexible evening and weekend meetings for scout coursework tailored to your troop’s needs

  3. Our professional staff is dedicated to making ourselves accessible for parents and troop leaders

  4. Safety through core competencies is our number one objective