Requirements for Lifesaving merit badge were revised effective January
Lifesaving is a optional required merit badge for the Eagle
* "Street clothes" means low shoes, socks,
trunks), pants, belt, and a long-sleeve shirt. A jacket
or sweater or sweatshirt also may be worn.
- Before doing requirements 2-15:
- Earn Swimming merit badge.
- Swim 400 yards.
- The Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat
- The order of methods in water rescue.
- Show reaching rescues using such things as arms,
legs, branches, sticks, towels, shirts, paddles,
- Show rescues using items that can be thrown, such
as lines, ring buoys, and free-floating supports.
- Show or explain the use of rowboats, canoes, and
other small craft in making rescues.
- With a helper and a subject, and a practice victim,
show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer.
Perform the rescue with the practice victim
approximately thirty feet from the tender. Use a
100 foot length of 3/16 inch line. If available,
demonstrate the use of a torpedo buoy and rescue
- Show that you can remove street clothes* on shore
(except underwear or swim trunks) in 20 seconds or
less. Explain the importance of disrobing before a
- Explain the importance of avoiding contact with
a victim; explain "lead" and "wait" tactics;
and explain why equipment should be used in a
- Swim 30 feet and make the correct approach to
a tired swimmer. Move him 30 Feet to safety
using the following:
- Underarm swim-along.
- two-person assist.
- Make rescues on a practice victim 30 feet from
shore, using the correct entry and a strong
approach stroke, and bringing the victim back to
pier or poolside, using;
Discuss the different methods for removing the
victim from the water. Choose the appropriate
method for your situation. Remove the practice
victim from the water and place in position for
- A rescue tube or torpedo buoy
- A shirt, towel, or other equipment
- A front approach and wrist tow.
- A rear approach and single armpit tow.
- A rear approach and single armpit tow,
changing to the cross-chest carry.
- Show in deep water your defense against grasps
by blocking and escaping. Free yourself from a
wrist hold, rear head-hold, and a front head-hold.
- Make four surface dives in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Retrieve an object on each of the first three dives.
Bring up a 10-pound weight on the fourth dive.
- Show search techniques as a part of a lost
swimmer drill. Discuss search techniques
using mask, fins, and a snorkel (not scuba).
- Do the following:
- Explain how to recognize and confirm cardiac arrest.
- Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR
device approved by your counselor.
- Demonstrate proper management of a spinal injury by
- Explaining the signs and symptoms of a spinal
- Supporting a faceup victim in calm, shallow water.
- Turning a person from a facedown to a faceup
position while maintaining support.