Boy Scout Rank Requirements

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Requirement Rank Category Code Description Chapter Page
Second Class 5a Second Class AQUATICS 5a Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim. Aquatics 158
Second Class 5b Second Class AQUATICS 5b Demonstrate your ability to pass the BSA beginner test: Jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place. Aquatics 168
Second Class 5c Second Class AQUATICS 5c Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Aquatics 177
Second Class 5d Second Class AQUATICS 5d Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible. Explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim. Aquatics 181
First Class 6a First Class AQUATICS 6a Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test. Aquatics 168
First Class 6b First Class AQUATICS 6b Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat. Aquatics 172
First Class 6c First Class AQUATICS 6c Identify the basic parts of a canoe, kayak, or other boat. Identify the parts of a paddle or an oar. Aquatics 174
First Class 6d First Class AQUATICS 6d Describe proper body positioning in a watercraft, depending on the type and size of the vessel. Explain the importance of proper body position in the boat. Aquatics 176
First Class 6e First Class AQUATICS 6e With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.) Aquatics 180