One thing leads to another. Generally in life. While on my son Elliot and daughter Rachel swam and snorkled all over the place. In pools and . It was great. Rachel is more secure in a pool than the Ocean. If she cannot touch the bottom, it freaks her out. No problem. I completely understand.
While on Maui, we discovered Snuba. It’s like Scuba, but the tank is on a raft with a 15 foot airhose that is strapped to you. Elliot and I tried it in the pool and dug it. I signed us both up for a session a few days later. Both looking forward to it. Suffice to say, we went had a good time. Elliot did get very cold, stuck it out for 20 minutes but needed to come in. He did his best. I used that Snuba session to do the final sign-off for both his Swimming Beltloop and Pin.
Fast forward to a few days ago when he was reading the January copy of . As he is reading it he comes across what he thinks is a Snuba patch that he can get. So, I read it. I explain to him that it is the Scuba Merit Badge. I explain that to earn this, that he has to be a . He gets grumpy with me. Meaning, he wants to earn it NOW! I explain that once he becomes a Boy Scout after II that he can earn it. He gets happier. I explain to him that if he wants, it can be the first Merit Badge he starts to earn as a Boy Scout. By the end of this three minute exchange, he is happy and motivated.
I think that I know my son. I know that he loves to swim. He loves water. He also loves geology and fish. He loves science. His sister generally follows along with swimming and fish as well. However, Elliot REALLY enjoys it. So, there is a Scuba School next to our house. After some googling on the BSA Website and looking for schools I come to realize that this would be a good activity for him to do. The Scouter in me realizes that there are many requirements and awards that he can get within . But the real advantage is, he will be doing something he loves to do and learn at the same time.
I suspect he will end up going to the High Adventure Base in Florida someday.