Boating Safety Badge
(Discover Health and Safety)
By Nadine Goodwin
Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred *
- * Using a picture or actual boat, identify these parts of a standard boat: stern, bow & deck.
- * Learn when and where a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) is worn and why.
Otter: Do four requirements included the two starred *
- * Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2. Also be able to identify: gunwales, port & starboard.
- * Demonstrate to your family, troop or leader the proper way to put on a life jacket or PFD. Make sure to make any adjustments necessary to show proper fit and use.
Dolphin: Do five requirements including the two starred *
- * Do Otter requirements 1 & 2. Also be able to identify: aft & forward.
- * Learn the laws in your state that make wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device mandatory. Make a poster, brochure or other item to help educate others on the laws.
Butterfly: Do six requirements including the two starred *
- * Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.
- * Discuss with your family or troop the best procedure for vessel occupants to follow in the case of a vessel capsizing or sinking. Also discuss the proper procedures to follow to avoid vessel capsizing or sinking (vessel capacity, vessel trim & hazardous weather).
Eagle: Do seven requirements including the two starred *
- * Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2. Also be able to identify: keel, transom, stem, sole, cockpit.
- * Learn about various on-the-water communication methods available for seeking assistance in your region. Talk with a local boater about which method he/she uses and why. Verbally demonstrate how to complete a vessel distress call on a VHF marine radio for a sinking or capsized vessel.
Owl: Do nine requirements including the two starred *
- * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.
- *Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
- Learn the difference between rope & line. Learn how to tie at least (2) knots commonly used in boating.
- Learn and demonstrate basic first aid procedures for the following: sunburn, minor cut and blisters.
- Attend a boating show or seminar.
- Go for a boat ride and follow all rules and safety procedures.
- Learn about twisted rope vs. braided rope, understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.
- Earn your Water Safety badge.
- Earn your First Aid badge.
- Earn your Swimming badge.
- Create a PSA such radio or video commercial to explain any local laws/requirements for having a properly outfitted vessel (lifejackets, personal flotation devices, and/or throwable flotation devices).
- Demonstrate appropriate visual signals for communicating vessel distress or an emergency situation to a passing boater.
- Learn about Marine Patrol or Harbor Patrol. What is their purpose and what do they do to help boaters?
- Explain the difference between aerial and hand-held flares. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of both.
- Earn your Fire Safety badge.
- If you have access to a vessel, inspect the vessel for proper safety equipment according to your state laws.
- Attend a boating safety course or class and obtain a license, card or certificate.