Order of the Arrow
Ranger Award Watercraft Elective
Source: Ranger Guidebook 2001
- Subject to Change
- Explain the BSA Safety Afloat plan.
- Demonstrate during a watercraft activity that you know the BSA Safety Afloat plan.
- Complete a basic boating safety course provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, US Sailing, American Red Cross, or your state's boating law administrator.
- Learn and demonstrate water rescue techniques, including self rescue, group rescue, boat assisted rescue, short-line rescue, boat-over-boat rescue, and rescuing a pinned craft.
- Learn and demonstrate that you know the rules for avoiding water-caused hypothermia and what to do in case of hypothermia.
- Make a presentation to your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group on boating safety.
Do 5, 6, or 7.
- Learn the American Whitewater Affiliation Safety Code.
- Demonstrate during a watercraft activity that you know the American Whitewater Affiliation Safety Code.
- Learn about the International Scale of River Difficulty.
- Learn and be able to describe the six classifications of rivers.
- On a whitewater river map of your choice, be able to show why different sections are classified the way they are.
- Learn and explain the differences in recreational canoes, touring canoes, downriver canoes, whitewater playboat canoes, decked canoes, recreational kayaks, touring kayaks, and whitewater playboat kayaks.
- Learn and use paddling techniques and maneuvers for:
- Canoe, both single and double passenger
- Kayak, single or double passenger
- Paddle a slow river a distance of at least eight miles or run a whitewater river a distance of six miles with at least one class III rapid.
- Learn and demonstrate the BSA rules for boardsailing.
- Learn how to boardsail.
- Become certified as a US Sailing Small Boat Sailor or US Sailing Instructor.