Sea Scout Leader Training & Education

Sea Scouts, BSA offers a wide variety of training and education programs designed to enhance your Sea Scout experience.  Click on the program logos below to learn more about these opportunities.

Youth Protection Training

youthprotectionTopics covered include the BSA’s Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures.

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Fast Start

online_training_blankIntended to be taken by ship leaders, as well as unit commissioners and chartered organization representatives immediately following the acceptance of their new role.

Take Fast Start here. 

Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training

SS_1stClassAnchorSea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training is the first step in training for all Sea Scout leaders focusing on the skills and attributes necessary to be an effective advisor in the Ship’s deliverance 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 Scout program. 

Take SSALBT online at the BSA LearnCenter, which is part of My.Scouting Tools.


Seabadge_pinSeabadge is intense leadership and management training focused on the “how-to” aspects of managing a successful youth led Sea Scout program. While Seabadge was developed as an advanced leadership training program for experienced Sea Scout adult leaders the course is open to all adult Scout leaders.  The driving theme for the training is to “Focus on Youth”, which makes the course especially valuable for any Scout leader dealing with older youth.  Seabadge does not cover topics like boating, knots, or other program-related materials found in the Sea Scout Manual.

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Seabadge Underway

Seabadge Underway Seabadge Underway provides basic vessel operation training to Sea Scout and other adult Scout leaders, with little vessel experience, in order to help prepare these leaders to operate a Sea Scout vessel in a safe and productive way under moderate conditions. It is also the mission of this course to provide experienced vessel operators with training in the methods and objectives of operating a Sea Scout program on a vessel to achieve maximum benefit to the youth onboard.

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wood_badge_2beadsWood Badge is advanced training for adult leaders in Scouting designed to enhance contemporary leadership skill and develop more effective Scouters. The Wood Badge program gives participants a greater understanding of Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout Spirit. It is anticipated that all people who complete Wood Badge training will continue to work actively in the Scouting program to further the aims and methods of Scouting.

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Powder Horn

powder-horn-logo-grayscaleOpen to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, 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, team, crew, or ship

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Partner Training Opportunities
Power Squadron Courses

The US Power Squadron is one of Sea Scouting’s strongest partners. Sea Scout Leaders are encouraged to take USPS Courses to improve their on the water skill set. Below is a list of available courses. Contact your local Squadron for dates and more information. 

America’s Boating Course

BSA Training Code-P47, Ordinary Rank Requirement #5, Sea Scouter Training Award Requirement #3


BSA Training Code-P45, Youth Elective Requirement


BSA Training Code-P45, Youth Elective Requirement

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