Rugged "S"

Rugged Scuba Diver

Open Water Certification

5 Day Certification Training

Interested in diving anywhere in the world? Then successful completion of Rugged Scuba will give scouts a lifetime certification issued by PADI, the largest and best-known training agency in the world today. This program involves five full days of training beginning when you arrive at camp and ending on Friday. The online home study of 12-18 hours (average is 8 to 12 hrs.) must be completed before coming to camp (scouts will not be allowed to participate in the program if this work is not done!).

Register with CAMP first


Register with BSA Camp


. We use PADI's eLearning system where all home study, quizzes and exams will be completed on-line by participants prior to coming to camp. PADI eLearning will not work on iPads, iPhones, or iPods.

. Please do not register for eLearning without your access codes as no credits will be issued! 

.  Each Rugged S participant should anticipate being with us full-time from just after breakfast, (lunch break) and then until just before dinner, Monday through Thursday. Friday will likely be a shorter day. There will also be one session at the end of the week devoted to the Scuba Merit Badge class. 

When to


MINIMUM AGE: 12 years old on the week you arrive at Camp (National Boy Scout rule).  Sorry, no exceptions. Note: Scuba BSA is not a pre-requisite for Rugged Scuba.

REGISTER: Sign-up with the Camping Department. Space is limited, sign-up early!

RELEASES: You will be emailed all additional information including releases.  They are provided here for reference.  Follow all the directions and fill them out completely and bring them with you to Camp.  Any questions or need more information - contact us.

PADI Medical Release (Every diver is require to have a physician's signature on page 3)
PADI Standard of Safe Diving Practices and Statement of Understanding
PADI Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
Continuing Education Release (needed if you wish to continue to dive at Camp after you are certified)

FAQs:  short for frequently asked questions, a FAQ is an online page that poses a series of common questions and answers we have had over the years.

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