is a Saturday class, although completion depends on favorable
winds. Start time is 8:30 AM at the Pavilion. Program ends at
approximately 5:00 PM or when the boats are back and put away.
The sailing staff is looking forward to your arrival and every
effort is being made to ensure your Small Boat Sailing Merit
Badge training is meaningful, safe and fun!
Plan to arrive Saturday morning no later than 8:30 AM. During
check-in, we will collect your signed Merit Badge Application
(blue card), review any physical limitations, and then go for
swim checks. You must be able to pass the BSA swimmer test to
This is an intense one day class with a lot of time spent out
on the water. In order to complete the land side requirements
it is "IMPORTANT" that your guys have a pre-made lunch
with them as we work through lunch. They need to bring everything
they need down to the waterfront at the start of the day.
Leaders should insure that the boys have reviewed the Merit
Badge Book. It is important that they know how to tie two half
hitches, bowline, square knot and cleat a line. We are required
to review both CPR and First Aid. The boys should know what
the signs of hypothermia, heat prostration are and what to do.
On the CPR side they need to be able to rattle off what you
do if someone is not breathing, how many rescue breaths and
how many compression's.
It is cool in Georgia in Spring and expect gusty wind, cool
to cold but pleasant water. Must bring, sunscreen, water bottle,
hat and water shoes, towel. We have swim checks at the start
of the day, then capsize drill after the boats are setup. Extra
towels are a good idea as after swim check they will be cold.
Adult help is needed at the start of the day to help get boats
down and back in the racks at the end of the day. Adults are
welcome to join the leaders for sailing in one of the day sailor's
we use. The boys will be sailing Aqua Fin/ SunFish/ Phantoms
all of which have the same Class of hull design. This is the
first sailing class of the season so we always find a few items
that need attention so more help is a blessing.
Sailing is fun and it is easy to catch some wind... but, as
an old sea captain once said, "Sailing takes a lifetime
to really learn." So come enjoy the wind and water...and
remember, it will be a great day for sailing and Scouting at
the Aquatics Base!
Class size: 24
What to Bring: