The stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) emblem is designed to encourage Scouts to develop paddling skills that promote fitness and safe aquatics recreation.
The 3" round emblem features a stand-up paddleboarder against a bright blue twill background, and is worn as a temporary patch..
- Review the BSA Safety Afloat policy. Explain to your instructor how this applies to stand up paddleboarding.
- Before fulfilling other requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test. After the swim, rest by floating.
- Explain safety considerations for stand up paddleboarding in the following environments: lake, moving water, whitewater, open ocean, ocean surf.
- Review the characteristics of life jackets most appropriate for stand up paddleboarding and understand why one must always be worn while paddling. Then demonstrate how to select and fit a life jacket for stand up paddleboarding.
- Describe the appropriate type of leash to wear in different water venues.
- Name and point out:
- The major parts of a stand up paddleboard
- The parts of a paddle for stand up paddleboarding
- The different types of stand up paddleboards
- How to correctly size and hold a paddle for stand up paddleboarding
- Using a properly outfitted stand up paddleboard, demonstrate
- How to safely carry a stand up paddleboard
- How to safely paddle away from a dock or shoreline (on knees)
- How to stand and balance on a board in the neutral position
- How to appropriately fall off a board
- How to remount the board
- Forward stroke
- Back stroke
- Forward sweep
- Reverse sweep
- Draw stroke
- One self-rescue technique—lay on your stomach and paddle with your hands
- With supervision from your instructor, paddle a course that
- A straight line for 25 yards and stop within one board length
- A figure 8
- Moving abeam to the right 10 feet and to the left 10 feet
Source: SCOUTS BSA REQUIREMENTS 2022 (SKU 656269)