Sea Scout Training

As a Sea Scout leader and a mentor for the youth in our community, you will find Scouting to be a fun and exciting program for you and your Scouts. The training programs of the Boy Scouts of America will provide you with all the basic tools needed to be successful in your leadership position, along with continual opportunities to refine your skills as you become comfortable in delivering a quality program.

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Sea Scout Leader Basic Training

Sea Scout Leaders are considered trained once they have completed:

  1. Youth Protection Training online, and
  2. Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders and must be retaken online every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training online.   Registered members of the BSA should provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit. 

Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training provides the nuts and bolts of organizing, running, and growing the Sea Scout program.  SSALBT is offered at Sea Scout Academy, University of Scouting or on special request. Find a course near you.


Required Courses To Lead Water Activities

BSA requires the following training courses to conduct water activities:

  1. Safety Afloat online (every 2 years)
  2. Safe Swim Defense online (every 2 years)
  3. Weather Hazard Training online (every 2 years)
  4. Trek Safely online (required for a long cruise or extensive trek)
  5. First Aid from American Red Cross or American Heart Association (every 2 years)
  6. CPR from American Red Cross or American Heart Association (adult, youth and infant, every 1 to 2 years)AED from American Red Cross or American Heart Association (every 1 to 2 years)
  7. National Association of State Boating Laws Administrators (NASBLA) approved state boarder course

Highly Recommended Supplemental Training

Technical boating training is offered by the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA).  We strongly recommend that you meet the skill standards of one of these two organizations, or that of a Coast Guard licensed deck officer.

  • Seabadge is the advanced leadership and management course for leaders of the Sea Scouting program.
  • Seabadge Underway is a three full day or two weekend practical leadership laboratory typically using a 40-foot power or sail boat.  Participants function as Sea Scout youth with instructors in the adult role.  Participants will be able to see how the ideal Sea Scout ship should operate.  Participants must already have the Ordinary and most of the Able Piloting skills and pass a test on seamanship and a test on piloting.
  • Wood Badge is a six-day advanced leadership training for leaders of all Scouting programs.
  • United States Power Squadrons. USPS ( offers many courses.
  1. NASBLA approved course mentioned above under the title “America's Boating Course.”
  2. Seamanship introduces many seamanship topics, expands on the NASBLA course content.
  3. Sailing teaches the basics of sailing terminology, procedures and techniques.
  4. Piloting teaches chart reading, position plotting, dead reckoning, and GPS navigation.
  5. USPS offers Advanced Piloting and several offshore navigation courses that include celestial.  They also offer many two-hour seminars on specific topics that will be of use to Sea Scouts and leaders.
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. USCGA offers several courses.  Their format is somewhat different than USPS.
  1. NASBLA approved course mentioned above under the title “About Boating Safety.”
  2. Boating Skills and Seamanship is designed for power boaters and covers how to handle a power boat and many basic seamanship topics.  This course expands on the NASBLA content.
  3. Sailing Skills and Seamanship is designed for sail boaters and covers how to handle a sailboat, terminology, procedures, techniques.  This course expands on the NASBLA content.
  4. Weekend Navigator covers piloting topics based on chart reading, position plotting, dead reckoning, and GPS navigation.
  • United States Coast Guard. Many schools offer a Coast Guard captain's license.  The “Six-Pack” license usually takes 40 hours or so of instruction.  Scouters who operate a vessel requiring a license must acquire that license before operating in command.

Additional Training Courses

Participating in supplemental and advanced training is a great way to keep your basic leadership skills fine-tuned and provides an opportunity to gather new ideas from other experienced leaders.

  • American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid is designed to train youth and adults to respond to situations where first responders may be several hours or miles away and you must take the injured person to treatment.  Appropriate if you may be on a boat that must travel to reach a first responder.
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) is a hands-on course, where participants working as patrols, provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank  Find a course near you.
  • Fast Start Training is intended to be taken by leaders immediately following the acceptance of their new role may be taken online.
  • Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, crew, or ship.
  • Roundtable is conducted monthly in each district.
  • This is Scouting provides an overview of the Scouting organization, including history, values, programs, Youth Protection, community involvement, and training. The module consists of six video sections, each followed by a brief quiz is available online.
  • University of Scouting is a one-day supplemental training offered each February to allow leaders to enhance and improve the program quality that they deliver and to have a positive impact on youth.  Leaders can choose from a wide variety of classes.
  • Youth classes such as National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) are available.

Online Training

There are many training courses that can be taken online.  To access online training, go to and then:

  • Create an account — this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
  • If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the council office.
  • If you are not yet registered, you can still take training.  Just print the certificate at the end of each course.
  • After your account is created, you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • Once you log in to, click E-Learning on the left-hand side. Program-related trainings are listed under tabs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and General).
  • Submit your certificate of completion to your District Training Chair.
  • Click on training validation to review what courses you have taken, this includes courses recorded at the council office.

Training Validation:  After logging onto click on “Training Validation” and you can check to see if your trainings have been recorded in the council's computer system.  If you notice any discrepancies in your training records, visit the council training page.

Additional Training Resources


For questions about training, please contact the SHAC Vice Commodore of Marketing and Training or your district training chair.