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Do you know much about Exploring in the Boy Scouts of America's total programs? 

It is a program that is career oriented. While Scout Troops and Venture Crews may involve Scuba, an Explorer Post that is Scuba orieted will be mostly Scuba in its activities. (HERE is their website)

Cutting to the chase, learn more about Exploring and see if your shop might want to sponsor a Scuba oriented Post. Why?  Because this is a group of youth with friends and family that can be good dive customers for instruction, gear, and travel. Also, since it is career oriented, the instruction may very well extend into Pro levels after aging up. You can provide a very strong base set of skills that sets them up for you providing them with a successful IDC experience.  As a matter of fact, maybe that is the accepted goal of membership:  Pass the IDC.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 23:20

For Dive Shop Professionals

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Dear Dive Shop Professional,

How to work with the Scouts. I hear that you spend a lot of "free time" that doesn't go where you want it to go.

The way that rarely works is offering discover scuba programs and hope for conversions to Open Water. The reason is that the discover scuba is an end itself in terms of program in the minds of the Scouts.

Think of this paradigm shift: Sell a much larger end-result from the start so you are working only with those interested in Open Water, buying gear, renting other gear, and possibly travel.

The end-result you are selling is a high adventure program to a group of Scouts, Scouters, and perhaps family members. When I say “Scouts” I mean those over age 14; they may be in Troops or Venture Crews (Canada, Venture and Rover). So, your job is to facilitate and market a high adventure to a group of Scouts.

  1. Design a high adventure. You may have to do this all yourself, or with help from the local council, or with the help of a Scout unit. The high adventure is a “big deal event” usually 7-1 days long, involving travel (usually), and is worked on for maybe a year to get ready including fund raising, training, practice, etc…

  2. One such high adventure is Florida Seabase, a BSA official high adventure base (SEABASE info). The challenge with Seabase is that you have to get selected (lottery) to attend and thus you may not get a spot. But you can see what I am talking about.

  3. You can design your own high adventure. You must keep in mind the requirements of the Guide to Safe Scouting about Scuba as recreation and training and BSA requirements (search scuba in the PDF of the Guide). The high adventure can be simple (a week camping and diving in the Keys) or not so (liveaboard in T&Cs) and lots of other levels and types. Cost will be a consideration and the group should be very involved in what they really want it to look like.

  4. The program you will be providing will be for all participants who are going to dive to get Open Water (maybe school and pool with open water in the destination either through referral or with you there), buy required and desired equipment, and rent equipment as appropriate.

  5. You should provide much more pool time (games, DM level of skill development, buoyancy, etc…) to be really fun, spend good time developing scuba team feel, and really good skills. Pool time may be accompanied by planning and social time afterwards as well. Become a well skilled team! This can/should be done even if no open water time is at home. If possible, instruction should be done by whomever is going to accompany the group (if anyone is).

  6. How to get a group formed? There are three steps to see if this is going to go anywhere from the start:

    1. Call you local council and say “I would like to help sponsor a group of Scouts to do a high adventure scuba experience. Who do I talk to that can help me brainstorm this?” If they have no idea or whoever they refer you to is a lost cause, then maybe stop right there. But check out (b)

    2. Ask any adult Scouters you know (troop leaders, unit commissioners, etc…) about the idea and get their thoughts on how to make this happen. They may be helpful or may not. What you are looking for is something like “Venture Crew 766 is someone you should talk to. The Crew Adult Leader is Bob at 555-1212.” You are fishing for referrals until you get to someone interested.

    3. Tell the Council you want to sponsor a Venture Crew focused on Scuba and you need help setting it up and attracting members. You might want to start a My PADI Club as an associate group and have it become the sponsor to leverage the resources of the Club for the Crew. Then the Crew will be part of the shop. Go from there. The Crew can learn about shop operations, equipment repair, visit aquariums, have guest speakers in oceanography from the community college, take classes, go on local dives, etc…  see HERE for existing Crews you can call or email for ideas.

  7. One you have a group, keep them focused on the end result, the High Adventure Trip.

Is this worth it? This group should be continuous with an event each year with new members added each year. This group should reel in family and friends as well for both this program as well as your other shop offerings. This is a good reason to associate the group with My PADI Club as this is a good vehicle for the full “tribe” you are trying to attract.

Also, see the article HERE on the Exploring program - more career oriented rather than High Adventure. 

For more information email David Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 18:09

Scuba Scholarships (ScubaShips?)

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The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) presents the Dive to Adventure Scholarship Program. This program provides funds at multiple levels of training, from starting to instructor. Find more information at:

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 18:03

Venture Crews to Ask for Help

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If you are thinking about starting a Venture Crew  with at least part focus on SCUBA, here are units nationwide actively doing that you can get in touch with:

Venture Crew 820 If you would like to learn more about Venture Crew 820, or are ready to join, contact: Dean Soderbeck: 651-483-8596 (evenings) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Venture Crew 130 Stop by the shop and talk to Chip Earle, Dive Connections Venture Crew Advisor or at at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scuba Crew 130 Please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scuba Crew 905 was chartered in 2002, Clay Beeler, Crew Advisor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crew 777 was started in 1993 as Explorer Post 777 Mike Kellogg Phone: 480.389.9605 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 18 May 2018 15:26

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 03:10

What has the BSA been doing?

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You’re in Deep Water: Scouts Scuba Dive at Jamboree 2017

The Jamboree staff wasn’t lying when they said the 2017 National Scout Jamboree would be the most extensive and engaging programming that has ever been available to young Scouts. Although they were nowhere near the ocean, Scouts still had the opportunity to learn how to scuba dive and earn their Swimming merit badge.

“…And they said you can’t scuba dive in West Virginia. Well actually you can’t, unless you’re going to the #2017Jambo,” posted one scuba diver on the 2017 National Jamboree Facebook page.

Scuba diving Scouts had fun learning first aid and safety procedures specific to diving— such as how to treat hypothermia, hyperventilation, nitrogen narcosis and decompression illnesses that may occur while underwater. Certified instructors also taught Scouts how to recognize the necessary conditions for performing CPR.

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Scuba Diving With Gentle Giants

Get trained, suit up and go swimming with one of the Earth’s coolest creatures.

The whale shark is one of the coolest animals in the world.

It is the largest fish in the ocean — the largest known whale shark was more than 40 feet long — yet it very rarely hurts people. Whale sharks are calm and often swim alongside scuba divers.

This is why all the fundraising, training, extra fundraising and extra training was well worth it for the Scouts of Troop 4900 in Atlanta, Georgia.

They got to go scuba diving with whale sharks.

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Scouts Participate in World Oceans Day June 8, 2016

World Oceans Day is June 8 and Scouts across the country are doing their part to help assess and track clean water in communities from coast to coast. Using specialized water testing kits distributed by EarthEcho International, Scouts can gather data from water in their communities as part of an effort to monitor overall global water health.

The filter tests are part of a large-scale, long-term project by EarthEcho International, an organization whose goal is to inspire young people to take action for a sustainable future through initiatives such as the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC). This project aims to protect water resources through public awareness and local involvement by challenging citizens to participate in basic water monitoring.

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Adventures » OA Ocean Adventure 

The Order of the Arrow Ocean Adventure program is a 7-day program conducted in the Florida Keys. The service portion of the adventure will be primarily based out of the Dry Tortugas National Park located 70 miles from Key West. The Order of the Arrow is partnering with the National Park Service to bring more meaningful and long-term projects to the Ocean Adventure program. Conservation will be the main focus of the service portion of the adventure


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Tall Ship Sailing & Ship Wreck diving in Lake Superior on 5 wrecks, all in one jam packed weekend. Apostle Island Ship Wreck Dives out of Bayfield Wisconsin on the Vagabond 52 foot Schooner “Abbey Road”. Sailing Master Gordon Ringberg and his youth crew from Sea Scout Ship Luna 336 did a great job on getting the youth scouts from Scuba Crew 820 acclimated to rigging 4 of the 5 sails on the vessel. BSA Sea Scout Ship Luna 336 is based out the Bayfield Islands Wisconsin, had 3 youth and 3 adults, which one of the adults is a Dive Instructor. BSA Venture Crew 820 is based out of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota area, had 5 youth and 7 adults, 2 of which are Dive Instructors and 3 are Dive Masters
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A Merited Achievement: Boy Scouts From Troop 73 Earn PADI Certifications, Scuba Merit Badges in Monterey

Pinnacles Dive Center in Novato partnered with Boy Scouts Troop 73 and offered a special course for their troop. After completing their home-study materials and pool training sessions at Pinnacles’ training center, the troop, instructors, and parent volunteers camped out during the Labor Day Weekend in Monterey for two days of checkout dives. Although visibility and surface conditions were somewhere between marginal and challenging at times, the troop managed to complete all of their skills and had a great time in the process.  MORE


Eagle Scout Earns Underwater Excursion of a Lifetime July 10, 2012

 Boy Scouts of America’s STEM Initiative Sends Scout to the Black Sea with Dr. Robert Ballard’s Expedition Team – One hundred years after the Titanic sank to the bottom of the ocean, Dr. Robert Ballard, a Life Scout and a world renowned oceanographer responsible for discovering the legendary ship, has invited an Eagle Scout and future leader in marine archaeology to explore the mysteries of the Black Sea. Alex Overman, an Old Dominion graduate from Hamilton, Va., has been selected as the Eagle Scout Argonaut to accompany Dr. Ballard’s team aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus from July 24–26. The opportunity has been made available through the National Eagle Scout Association, the Boy Scouts of America’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative, and Ballard’s JASON Project.

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The SOLVE Program

SOLVis partnering up with Cascade Pacific Council to bring Scouts the opportunity to participate in community service projects all year round. View a list of already organized service days, or create your own event through one of SOLVE's programs. These events can be open to the public or remain closed exclusively for your Scout group. SOLVE provides free cleanup supplies, small grants, advice, and support.


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Boy Scouts on Scuba learn the value of Marine Conservation

at Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in Borneo!

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Explore the Ocean with Philmont’s Sarah Burgess on the E/V Nautilus

June 11, 2015  |  by Gina Circelli

One Scouter will help bring ocean adventures right to your computer screen this year. Philmont Scout Ranch‘s Sarah Burgess is preparing to set sail on a pretty epic expedition aboard a notable vessel. That’s Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. Ballard, a Life Scout and the world famous oceanographer who discovered the shipwrecked Titanic, established the nonprofit Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) to allow adventurers to explore the ocean and contribute to field discoveries. The organization selected Burgess along with twenty-eight educators and twenty-six students from around the world to take part in the 2015 Nautilus Exploration Program expedition.

This team will join the Nautilus Corps of Exploration exploring the Gulf of Mexico, Galápagos Islands, and Eastern Pacific Ocean. Burgess is currently the director of Philmont’s STEM program. In this role, she heads the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the largest national High-Adventure base, located in Cimarron, NM. As the OET aims to ignite passion for these fields throughout the world, Burgess’ opportunity to tackle this expedition was bestowed on the ideal candidate.

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And these are but a few examples!

Thursday, 17 March 2016 23:50

Scouting and Scuba Presentation

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Scuba in Scouting Presentation 

    PADI(r) and designed a PowerPoint presentation suitable for Roundtable Meetings and other opportunities to educate Scout Leaders (Youth and Adult) especially Venture Crews on the various elements of Scuba that fit in the various Scouting Programs… all levels.  Click HERE for the handout version. 

    Call David Smith (619-876-6343) if you would like to discuss having this presentation made to you personally or to a group,  David is founder of, a PADI Instructor, and Eagle Scout. Take a look.  This is a great resource and a great planning tool.  You might also want to review the full handbook HERE that David wrote. Be sure to always refer to the   Guide to Safe Scouting- p.13 (as of this writing) is Scuba - found HERE.

Thursday, 17 March 2016 23:16

Venturing into Scuba and Snorkeling

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   Add Scuba and Snorkeling   Adventures  

Venture Crews are uniquely qualified to dream up, plan, and execute SCUBA as High Adventure.Click this Link to download a 28 page PDF guide discussing our ideas on how Scuba Diving and Snorkeling can be part or a Venture Crew's year.  Have fun! seabase