Below are the requirements I completed for the Paddleboarding Badge. There is no official Paddleboarding Badge, so I used the requirements from the BSA Stand-Up Paddleboarding Award.
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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETED
In addition to the above, I also researched all the following areas and then completed a verbal presentation/interview to demonstrate my knowledge and understanding for each of them:
- Explain the most likely hazards you may encounter during paddleboarding activities and how to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
- Review prevention, symptoms, and first-aid treatment for the following injuries or illnesses that can occur while paddleboarding: blisters, cold-water shock and hypothermia, heat-related illnesses, dehydration, sunburn, sprains, and strains.
- Review the BSA Safety Afloat policy. Explain to your counselor how this applies to paddleboarding.
- Successfully complete the BSA Swimmer Test.
- Review the characteristics of life jackets most appropriate for paddleboarding and understand why one must always be worn while paddling. Then demonstrate how to select and fit a life jacket for paddleboarding.
- Review the importance of safety equipment such as a signal device, extra paddle, sponge, bilge pump, flotation bags, and throw bag.
- Name and point out the major parts of a paddleboard.
- Review the differences in the design between recreational, whitewater, and
sea or touring paddleboards.
- Explain the care, maintenance, and storage of a paddleboard.
- How to use a paddle.
- Parts of a paddle.
- The care and maintenance of a paddle.
- In order to complete this badge, I need to paddleboard a total of 10 miles. I have now paddleboarded 3.5 miles and completed this badge zero times.