Scout Programs

The staff at One Ocean Scuba enjoys providing opportunities to and supporting Scout programs. Ready to earn patches for snorkeling or scuba? Getting ready for Seabase? Looking for creative service project ideas? Our staff has been conducting youth scuba programs for more than 20 years, and all our instructors and training staff have completed YPT. We have a Merit Badge Counselor on staff to take care of the entire process for you. Our Dive Against Debris underwater clean ups are a perfect idea for your next service project. The possibilities are endless – so let’s get your scuba diving journey started!

Snorkeling Patch BSA: Participants will learn about snorkeling gear, breathing through and clearing a snorkel, swimming with fins, pike dives to recover objects form the bottom of the pool, equalization techniques, the snorkeling buddy system, enjoy in-water games, and more. This experience can be conducted in one pool session and takes approximately 2 hours. Snorkeling event $15 per person.

Scuba BSA Patch: This is an exciting opportunity for scouts and leaders to try scuba diving in a pool. Participants will learn introductory scuba skills, gear assembly, equalization techniques, and even enjoy some underwater games. Your PADI instructor will sign off on the Scuba BSA patch. This is an excellent activity for scouts who are considering working on the Scuba Diving Merit Badge. This experience can be conducted in one pool session and takes approximately 2.5 hours. Discover Scuba Diving Program  $25 per person

Seabase - Open Water Certification: Participating in Seabase adventures? Scouts and leaders can complete the PADI Open Water Certification Course with us and be ready to dive at camp. This is the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. No prior experience with scuba diving or snorkeling is required. We will work with your group to set a schedule that works for you. The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three phases:

  1. Knowledge Development - Learn at your own pace and when it's convenient for you. Self-study, classroom instruction, or online options are available. You can start learning today with your PADI Open Water Crew pack from the shop, or with PADI elearning here:
  2. Confined Water Sessions - Master scuba diving skills in a pool under direct instructor supervision. As you learn new skills, you’ll build the abilities and confidence needed for diving in open water. This takes about 8 hours total, but class completion is based on mastery and your comfort level, not a time requirement – so if you need more time or finish more quickly - that’s fine.
  3.  Open Water Certification Dives - Complete the four Open Water Certification Dives (in a lake or ocean) and earn the lifetime certification. These can be conducted locally, with us on a group trip, or on your own vacation with any PADI dive shop in the world. Locally, we use facilities in VA, and PA. The four dives must be conducted over two days.

Scuba Diving Merit Badge: We have a merit badge counselor on staff to manage the entire process for you. Scouts must be certified Scuba Divers in order to earn this merit badge.  

Oceanography Merit Badge: Do you wonder what’s beneath the waves? Do you want to learn more about our aquatic world? Explore with us as we take a deep dive into the different branches of oceanography. We’ll cover topics ranging from ocean topography, water chemistry, and—of course—aquatic life! No need to complete prerequisites beforehand, we will take you start to finish through the requirements. This is a four hour session, and can be scheduled for one or two sessions. $20 per person.

Dive Against Debris as a Service Project: The fun is only beginning once you earn your Open Water Certification. Dive Against Debris is a PADI Specialty Course where divers learn how to combat the problem of marine debris. It is estimated that up to 70% of debris that makes its way to our waters sinks to the bottom. For many people, that trash is out of sight and out of mind. Scuba divers are in a unique position to make a difference by collecting, weighing, sorting, disposing of, and reporting the data from these dives. We would love to arrange this event for your group. Participating divers will earn a PADI Specialty and make a difference to the marine environment. One Ocean Scuba has adopted several dive sites in Havre de Grace, Maryland where we conduct monthly Dive Against Debris events.

Project Aware as a Service Project (Perfect for Non-Divers, too!): The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems. We will discuss the most pressing problems in the marine environment by discussing the ocean commons and coastal zone issues, fisheries challenges and sustainability, and the coral reef environment and its inhabitants. Learn about your role and then we will help you make a plan so your everyday actions will make a difference. After the presentation, One Ocean Scuba will supply participants with gloves and bags and lead a cleanup of the area. Debris collected on land is prevented from making its way to our waters. Participants also receive a PADI Specialty Certification for this work.