BSA Scuba Policy

The Boy Scouts of America takes aquatic safety VERY seriously - and so do we!  At Connecticut Scuba Academy, we strictly adhere to the BSA Scuba Policy as found in the Guide to Safe Scouting.  


All of our merit badge counselors and instructors have taken Youth Protection training, have completed the Safe Swim Defense course, and are certified in CPR, first aid, and oxygen administration.

Scouts BSA

Scuba Diving Merit Badge

Scuba Diving Merit Badge

Complete your certification with us and earn your merit badge in the process!Complete  your Open Water Diver cert


Minimum age of participants is 10 years old.  (Scouts under 15 will earn their Junior Open Water Diver certification.)  Physician approval is required by the Boy Scouts of America.   We welcome parents to train with their kids if desired.    Flexible scheduling.


When your Scout completes the confined water portion of the scuba training, they will automatically earn both Scuba BSA and Snorkeling BSA.

Swimming Merit Badge

Swimming Merit Badge

Swimming Merit Badge is a prerequisite for Scuba Diving Merit Badge.  Don't let your Scout's need of it prevent them from Scuba Diving.  Contact us to find out how they can earn Swimming Merit Badge at Connecticut Scuba Academy. 

Scuba BSA

Scuba BSA

Scuba BSA introduces qualified Boy Scout, Venturing, and registered adult participants to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with scuba diving; encourages aquatics activities that promote fitness and recreation; and provides a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity.


The Scuba BSA experience contains two parts — Knowledge Development and Water Skills Development.  During the first part, participants learn basic dive safety information and overview skills to be used during their water experience. The Water Skills Development session introduces essential dive skills, such as mask clearing, regulator clearing, and alternate air source use.


The Scuba BSA program is conducted in clear, confined water by an instructor certified by diving organizations recognized by the BSA — which SDI is!  Completion of Scuba BSA requirements sets the stage for additional training but does not qualify the participant to dive independently, either in confined water or open-water environments. Scuba BSA is not a diver certification.


Scuba BSA is NOT a merit badge.

Snorkeling BSA

Snorkeling BSA

The Snorkeling BSA requirements introduce Scout-age children and adult leaders to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with snorkeling; encourage the development of aquatics skills that promote fitness and recreation; and provide a foundation for those who later will participate in more advanced underwater activity.


 The Snorkeling BSA program is conducted in clear, confined water by an instructor certified by diving organizations recognized by the BSA — which SDI is! 


Snorkeling BSA is NOT a merit badge.

Liability and Medical Forms

 You can find all legal documents needed to participate in scuba  functions for the Scuba Academy.  If you are not sure what to fill out, a  general liability and medical statement apply to almost everything.