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Eligibility

Please read carefully as the age requirements on this page supersede any others; expressed, implied or written.

  1. Each participant must be a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venture Scout, or Adult Leader.
  2. Participants must be thirteen (13) and graduated from the 8th grade or fourteen (14) years old to participate in all programs. 

    Youth who would be eligible to attend the summer season (May-August) ARE eligible for spring program of that year (February-April).  AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR SEA BASE CANNOT BE RELAXED. PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST OR EXPECT EXCEPTIONS!

  3. The ability to swim 100 yards (official BSA swim test) and stay afloat for one (1) minute.
  4. Must be in good health evidenced by a BSA Health and Medical form filled out and signed by your doctor within the past 12 months. A special SCUBA Medical and Waiver are required for the SCUBA Certification Program. Inquire early with questions about medical requirements for participation.
  5. Must be a Certified Diver for the SCUBA Adventure Program by a certified agency nationally recognized by the BSA.
  6. No participant may weigh in excess of 295 pounds. Participants not meeting this requirement will be sent home at their own expense.
  7. All participants must know and use the scout Oath and Law as their guide to appropriate behavior at Sea Base.
  8. NOTE: Please remember a Troop or Team is not a co-ed unit.  The only way a female under the age of 18 may attend Sea Base is with a Venture crew with proper co-ed leadership or as a member of an approved council contingent with proper co-ed leadership.

Medical Concerns That May Limit Eligibility

Prospective participants who have experienced any of the following conditions, relating to Cardiac- Cardiovascular Disease, to undergo a thorough evaluation by their  treating physician and be medically cleared for high adventure before participation at Sea Base:

  1. Angina- Chest pain caused by coronary artery or congenital heart disease
  2. Myocardial Infarction- Heart Attack
  3. Heart Surgery including angioplasty to treat coronary artery disease
  4. Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attacks
  5. Claudication
  6. Family history of heart disease in individuals under 50
  7. Weight in excess of recommended guidelines

Prospective participants who are Hypertensive; blood pressure greater than 140/90 should be treated and lower blood pressure to 140/90 prior to arrival at Sea Base. If medications are taken they must be continued while at Sea Base as prescribed.

Prospective participants with Diabetes may participate in Sea Base Adventures if:

  1. They have been medically cleared by their physician.
  2. When taking insulin; they can give a self-injection.
  3. They are experienced to self- monitor, manage diabetes in remote physically challenging environments. Sea Base should not be the first adventure for an individual with diabetes or for an individual with newly diagnosed diabetes.
  4. They can adequately recognize hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia and can begin the appropriate initial response for these conditions.
  5. At least one other crew member can adequately recognize hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia and can begin the appropriate initial response for these conditions.
  6. They are not frequently hospitalized for diabetic ketoacidosis.
  7. SCUBA ONLY- They do not use insulin to control diabetes. They have been medically cleared by their physician in consult with DAN- Divers Alert Network and Sea Base Medical Director. Final decision for participation rests with Sea Base Medical Director.

Additional Notes about Diabetes and Scuba Diving: Persons with diabetes who are 18 years of age or older who wish to scuba dive should be assesse by a physician familiar with both hyperbaric issues related to diabetes and medications used for the control and treatment of diabetes. Persons 18 years old or older who are determined to be candidates for scuba diving must submit four hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) tests, each with HbA1c values less than 7, taken within the previous 12 months. Any test within the past 12 months with an HbA1c value greater than 7 disqualifies a person from scuba diving as part of a BSA activity. Persons younger than 18 years of age with Type 1 diabetes will not be allowed to scuba dive. Persons under the age of 18 who control their diabetes with exercise and diet (no medications) and can provide three sequential hemoglobin tests with HbA1c values less than 6 may be approved to scuba dive.

Prospective participants with a seizure disorder or Epilepsy may participate  in Sea Base Adventures if:

  1. They have been medically cleared by their physician.
  2. Seizures are controlled with medication.
  3. They have been seizure free for one year.
  4. SCUBA ONLY- They have not had seizure activity within the previous 5 years. They do not take seizure medications. They have been medically cleared by their physician in consult with DAN- Divers Alert Network and Sea Base Medical Director. Final decision for participation rests with Sea Base Medical Director.

Prospective participants with Asthma may participate in Sea Base Adventures if:

  1. They have been medically cleared by their physician.
  2. They have not required frequent hospitalizations for asthma in the previous 6 years.
  3. They are experienced to self- monitor, manage asthma in remote physically challenging environments.
  4. Asthma is controlled to normal- essentially normal lung function with the use of oral or aerosol bronchodilators and does not require the use of a nebulizer.
  5. Exercise induced asthma can be controlled with bronchodilator premedication and do not require systemic corticosteroid therapy.
  6. They bring sufficient medication for the entire adventure; all persons having been treated for asthma in the previous 6 years must carry a full size prescribed inhaler for the length of the adventure.
  7. SCUBA ONLY- They have not been prescribed medication including rescue inhalers within the previous 5 years. They have not had asthma symptoms within the previous 5 years OR have taken and passed a Methacholine Test and have been medically cleared by their treating physician in consult  with DAN- Divers Alert Network and Sea Base Medical Director. Final decision for participation rests with Sea Base Medical Director.

Prospective  participants  with Mobility Limiting Diseases including arthritis may participate at Sea Base if:

  1. They have been medically cleared by their physician.
  2. Can pull themselves out of the water using a ladder.
  3. At least one member of the crew understands the individuals’ limitations and is available to assist.

Prospective participants with Sleep Apnea may participate at Sea Base if:

  1. They have been medically cleared by their physician.
  2. They understand that they are responsible to provide battery support and will not have access to electricity if participating in Bahamas Sea Base, Coral Reef Sailing, STEM- ECO Sailing, Out Island, Scuba Live Aboard, Sea Base St. Thomas, Sea Exploring Adventures.

Prospective participants with Excessive Body Weight may participate in a Sea Base Adventure if:

  1. They have been cleared by their physician.
  2. They weigh less than 295 pounds. No exceptions should be requested, none will be granted.

For any other medical concerns, please contact the Florida Sea Base at 305.664.4173

 

 

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Located in Islamorada and on Summerland Key in the beautiful Florida Keys, as well as Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, the near shore reefs and crystal clear waters offer unparalleled opportunities for long term and short term programs year round. Our Conference facilities are utilized for youth and adult Scouting Conferences and non-Scouting groups when available.