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Scouts receive new Scuba Diving Merit Badge

New Scuba Diving Merit BadgeAlexandria, VA, USA – 22 December 2009 – Marty Rayman, PADI Course Director at Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, signed three of the first Scuba Diving Merit Badge applications for local scouts. PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver Max Rayman of Troop 680, along with PADI Rescue Diver Josh Hamilton and PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver Justin Hamilton of Troop 1501, became some of the first Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in the National Capital Area to earn the new merit badge.

Enthusiastic about more scuba diving and underwater exploration, the three are currently working on their PADI Master Scuba Diver ratings. 

Photo Courtesy of Aquatic Adventures ScubaAs a PADI Course Director and Assistant Scoutmaster, Rayman believes that Boy Scouts and scuba diving go hand in hand. He says, “It’s important to get kids involved and provide them with an opportunity to explore new activities.” Max is his son, so the new Scuba Diving Merit Badge has not only made him a proud dad, but it has also opened the doors for more business at his dive center. Rayman says, “Kids are the way of the future and by working with scouts you bring the parents into diving.”

As an adult Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader for eight years, Rayman also provides several programs for Venturing Crews at Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy.

BSA DiverScouts interested in the Scuba Diving Merit Badge should contact their local PADI Dive Center or Resort. Here are some key facts regarding the merit badge:

  • The Scuba Diving Merit Badge is open to all Boy Scouts with some age limitations– see the Scuba Diving Merit Badge Counselor at your PADI Dive Center or Resort for details.
  • Scouts earn an open water diver certification as part of the Scuba Diving Merit Badge.
  • Completion of the Swimming Merit Badge a Scuba Diving Merit Badge prerequisite.

Scouts with a current open water diver certification do not have to take the full open water diver course again. They do, however, have to complete the Swimming Merit Badge, present their certification to the merit badge counselor and complete all the other requirements.

BSA Scuba DiverFor more information about scouting programs at Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy, please contact Marty Rayman at +1 703 619 1500 or email

You can also obtain more information about the Scuba Diving Merit Badge by contacting your local PADI Dive Center or Resort.

PADI Dive Centers or Resort interested in becoming Merit Badge Counselors should visit the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors or contact your PADI Regional Manager.

Learn more about PADI Americas partnership with BSA:
PADI Americas Signs with Boy Scouts of America

(Photos Courtesy of Marty Rayman of Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy)