Boy Scouts

Rugged Scuba Diver

Rugged Scuba Diver

OPEN WATER SCUBA Certification - 5 Day Certification Training - MERIT BADGE 


Interested in diving anywhere in the world? Then successful completion of Rugged Scuba will give scouts a lifetime certification issued by PADI, the largest and best-known training agency in the world today. This program involves five full days of training beginning when you arrive at camp and ending on Friday. Home study of 12-18 hours must be completed before coming to camp (scouts will not be allowed to participate in the program if this work is not done!).

NOTE: We use PADI's eLearning system where all home study, quizzes and exams will be completed on-line by participants prior to coming to camp. A link to a free tutorial is available. 

Registered Rugged "S" participants will be emailed access codes from Malibu Divers for eLearning starting around mid-March, with earlier weeks at camp receiving theirs first. The eLearning program generally takes participants anywhere from 12-18 hours to complete prior to arriving to Camp. This system does not lend itself to "group study", however Malibu Divers instructors will be able to monitor each student's progress and will be available to answer questions and provide guidance if needed. We have had extensive experience with this program over the last 20 years and find that students find this program easy to use and comprehend and they come to us better prepared than those preparing with the old style book and DVD. All quizzes and exams are taken on-line (prior to coming to camp) and are monitored by our instructors. 


Please do not register for eLearning without your access codes as no credits will be issued! 


Registration for Rugged "S" must be done at least 4 weeks before their week at camp—late sign ups are not allowed! The course fee includes study materials and personal snorkel gear valued at over $300 which scouts get to keep. Use of all additional SCUBA gear during the program is included. 


Scouts must provide a bathing suit, towel and a smile.

NOTE: Each Rugged S participant should anticipate being with us full-time from just after breakfast, (lunch break) and then until just before dinner, Monday through Thursday. Friday will likely be a shorter day. There will also be one evening devoted to the Scuba Merit Badge class. 

MINIMUM AGE: 12 years old on the week you arrive at Camp (National Boy Scout rule).  Sorry, no exceptions. Note: Scuba BSA is not a pre-requisite for Rugged Scuba.

REGISTER: Sign-up with the West Valley Scout Office (818 785-8700) Camping Department or here is the direct link to register on-line. Space is limited, sign-up early!

Also, If you go to their home page, then on the left side bar, click the drop downs it gets you to the same registration.

RELEASES: You will be emailed all additional information including releases.  They are provided here for reference.  Follow all the directions and fill them out completely and bring them with you to Camp.  Any questions or need more information - contact us.
PADI Medical Release (Every diver is require to have a physician's signature on page 2)
PADI Standard of Safe Diving Practices and Statement of Understanding
PADI Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
Continuing Education Release (needed if you wish to continue to dive at Camp after you are certified)