The requirements for Rowing merit badge were revised effective January
* This requirement can be met in shallow water.
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses
that could occur while rowing, including hypothermia,
heatstroke, heat exhaustion, dehydration, sunburn,
insect stings, tick bites, blisters, and
- Do the following:
- Identify the conditions that must exist before
performing CPR on a person. Explain how such
conditions are recognized.
- Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a
training device approved by your counselor.
- Before doing the following requirements, successfully
complete the BSA swimmer test. Jump feetfirst into
water over your head in depth, swim 75 yards in a
strong manner using one or more of the following
strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl;
then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke.
The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include
at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim,
rest by floating as motionless as possible.
- Review and discuss Safety Afloat and demonstrate the
proper fit and use of personal flotation devices (PFDs).
- Do the following correctly in either a fixed seat or
sliding seat rowboat:
- Launch and land from and to shore.
- Row in a straight line for a quarter mile. Stop,
make a pivot turn, and return to the starting point.
- Backwater in a straight line for 50 yards. Make a
turn under way and return to the starting point.
- Properly moor or rack your craft. Demonstrate your
ability to tie the following mooring knots: clove
hitch, roundturn with two half hitches, bowline,
and hitching tie or mooring hitch.
- In a fixed seat rowboat, do the following:
- Come alongside a dock and help a passenger into
the boat. Row 50 feet, stop, pivot, and come back
to the dock. Help the passenger from the boat.
- Show sculling in good form over the stern for 10
yards. Turn under way, and return to starting
- Alone, or with one other person who is a swimmer, tip
over a rowboat.*
Turn it right side up, get in, and
row or paddle 10 yards with hands or oars. Tell why
you should stay with a swamped boat.
- Alone in a rowboat push off from shore or dock. Row
10 yards to a swimmer. While giving instructions to
the swimmer, turn the boat so that the swimmer may
hold onto the stern. Tow him to shore.
- Show and explain the proper use of anchors for rowboats.
- Describe the following:
- Types of craft used in commercial, competitive,
and recreational rowing.
- Four common boatbuilding materials. Give some
good and bad points of each.
- Types of oarlocks used in commercial, competitive,
and recreational rowing.
- Discuss the following:
- The advantage of feathering oars while rowing.
- How to handle a rowboat in a storm.
- How to properly fit out and maintain a boat in
season, and how to prepare and store a boat for
- How to calculate the weight a boat may carry under
- The differences between fixed seat and sliding seat
- The different meaning of the term "sculling" in
fixed- and sliding-seat rowing.
- The health benefits from rowing for exercise.