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Adult Training Courses: Sea Scouts

Adult Training Courses: Sea Scouts

As a Sea Scouting leader, you owe it to the youth your mentor to learn as much as you can about Scouting and how to run your ship. All positions in Sea Scouting need to complete Youth Protection Training and the position-specific training for your registered Scouting position.


Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training

Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training (required if you are going to be a Skipper or Mate)

Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training is the first step in training for all Sea Scout leaders. This training focuses on the skills and attributes necessary to be an effective advisor in the ship’s delivery of service to youth in your specific geographic location. It is intended primarily to enhance individual knowledge of and connectivity with the strategic plan, program and resources, while emphasizing personal skills necessary for the development of youth in the Sea Scouting program. It can be taken online through the training section of The Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training is required if you are going to be a Skipper (senior-most adult volunteer leader). When you finish  Youth Protection Training and this course, you are considered what we call a “fully trained” Sea Scout leader.


  • You may take Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training in a self-paced online course through the Boy Scouts of America’s national web training center called



Why doesn't my training show up in my BSA records?

Often leaders are surprised to receive notification that they are not trained. Most often, the volunteer was actually not registered in the position they are holding. Sometimes they have not completely registered in and their trainings are not being recorded. Leaders can call (512) 617-8618 to get answers to their training status and questions.


Optional Training Courses Sea Scout Leaders May Take


Seabadge is intense leadership and management training focused on the “how-to” aspects of managing a successful youth-led Sea Scout program.

Climbing Instructor Training

Climbing and Rappelling are among the few Scouting activities which challenge and captivate the imagination of all ages.

C.O.P.E. Facilitator Training

C.O.P.E. is a set of group initiative games and low and high course activities. Some of the activities involve a group challenge, while others test individual skills and agility; only a few require athletic strength. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, and think of solutions to a variety of activities.

Chaplain Fast Start Training

Our three-part Chaplain training program is focused on providing the best trained and motivated adult leaders, volunteers and youth members to help Scouts uphold their Duty to God from the Scout Oath, and the 12th point of the Scout Law.

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid is a 16-hour hands-on course that emphasizes the issues that may be encountered with illness and injury when definitive medical care is more than one hour away.

Hazardous Weather Training

All “direct contact” leaders are required to take BSA’s Hazardous Weather Training to be considered fully trained in their position.

Safe Swim Defense

Whenever Scouts swim, the BSA’s Safe Swim Defense plan must be followed. This training will cover the plan’s eight points.

Safety Afloat

Before a BSA group may engage in any watercraft activity, adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat training, have a Safety Afloat commitment card, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat.

Swimming and Water Rescue

Training for BSA Swimming and Water Rescue provides BSA leaders with information and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to swimming emergencies during unit swimming activities.

Trek Safely

Young people today seek increasingly challenging activities, many of which involve trekking in backcountry or wilderness areas.

Climb On Safely

Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

Driver Improvement Program

Accidents are quite rare in Scouting. But when one does occur, it probably didn’t happen while camping. It likely didn’t involve backpacking, canoeing or climbing, either. The majority of Scouting accidents happen on the way to or from Scouting activities. They happen on the road.

STEM Nova Counselor Training

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of Scouts and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs, from archery to welding.

STEM Supernova Mentor Training

The BSA’s Supernova awards honor Scouts for exceptional STEM achievement (Nova awards, meanwhile, reward introductory exploration of STEM disciplines.) There are seven Supernova awards: one for Cub Scouts, one for Webelos Scouts, two for Scouts in Scouts BSA, and three for Venturers.

The Trainer’s EDGE

The Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) staff.