These new requirements took effect immediately upon their release on October 19, 2015. Current Sea Scouts had until May 2017 to complete a rank under the old requirements. The old advancement requirements were retired in May of 2017.
- Initiate a discussion on the ideals stated in the Sea Promise.
- Prepare a written analysis, offering recommendations for improvements regarding one of the following ship's programs: bylaws and code, training programs, ceremonies, quarterdeck meetings, recruiting programs, or fund-raising.
- Active Membership
- Meet your ship's bylaws requirement for active participation in your ship's meetings and activities for 6 months.
- Present a talk or program at least 15 minutes long on Sea Scouts to a service club, religious organization, PTA, or other adult organization.
- Quartermaster Project: While an Able Sea Scout, plan, develop, and demonstrate leadership to others in a service project that is helpful to any religious institution, school, or your community. The project plan must be approved by your Skipper and ship committee and approved by the council or district advancement committee before you start. This service project should involve your ship and at least one other group. You must use the Quartermaster Service Project Workbook, 420-011 to document your work.
- Officer: Serve as a Ship's officer for at least six months.
- Quartermaster Cruise: Take command
of a vessel with a crew of not less than four Sea Scouts for at
least 40 consecutive hours, including two nights. You must delegate
and supervise all duties. During the cruise complete the following:
File a float plan; Inspect the vessel for required equipment; supervise
all menu preparation; prepare the boat to get underway with a proper
checklist approved by the adult leaders; anchor, dock, and maintain
course by commands to the helmsman; remain underway for an extended
period during darkness; and discuss appropriate nighttime running
procedures. While underway, perform the following drills: man overboard,
damage control, abandon ship, fire, collision, and any other drills
used by your ship. During this cruise no substantial errors may
Plan and lead a paddlecraft cruise with at least four paddlecraft for at least two days. You must delegate and supervise all duties. During the cruise complete the following: Inspect the vessels and members of the group for required equipment; plan for provisions; supervise all menu preparation; prepare the boats to get underway with a proper checklist approved by the adult leaders; file a float plan. If on open water, prepare a navigation chart including at least three legs and/or course corrections. If on inland rivers, identify river access points and coordinate transportation at both ends of the trip. With an adult leader, inspect all vessels and evaluate whether they are adequately secured for transportation. During this cruise no substantial errors may be committed.
Successfully complete SEAL (Sea Scout Advanced Leadership) training.
- Organize and help conduct the BSA’s Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILSS) for your ship, or serve as a NYLT staff advisor.
- Complete the requirements for BSA Lifeguard through BSA, the American Red Cross, or other approved organizations' lifeguard course.
- Know the heavy-weather precautions taken aboard power, sailing, and paddle vessels when dangerous weather approaches, and demonstrate these precautions aboard the vessel used by your ship.
- Know the special precautions that should be taken when limited visibility is encountered.
- Teach Apprentice Safety 5a. and Ordinary Safety 5a., 5b., and 5c. requirements to a crew.
- Marlinspike Seamanship
- Teach the Apprentice, Ordinary, and Able marlinspike seamanship requirements to a crew.
- Make an eye splice in double-braided line.
- Boat Handling
- Take charge of the craft used by your ship and give all commands to the crew for picking up a mooring buoy and properly mooring the vessel in several wind and current situations.
- Demonstrate and teach the principles of springing into and out from a dock, from both bow and stern, using an engine depending on the type of vessel used by your ship.
- Teach Ordinary and Able boat handling requirements to a crew.
- Ground Tackle
- Teach the Ordinary and Able anchoring requirements to a crew.
- Know the methods of bringing a vessel to anchor and a mooring with special emphasis on wind and current.
- Take charge of a vessel used by your ship and give all commands to the crew for setting and weighing anchor in several wind and current situations.
- Navigation Rules
- Teach the Ordinary navigation rules requirements to a crew.
- Piloting and Navigation
- Teach the Ordinary and Able piloting requirements and Able 9b and 9c to a crew.
- Know the methods of fixing a boat's position in limited visibility.
- Create a route in an electronic navigation device that includes at least five waypoints. Use the electronic navigation device to navigate your route.
- Teach the Ordinary and Able weather requirements to a crew.
- Demonstrate your knowledge of the weather signs for your local area, including cloud types. Prepare a 48-hour forecast and compare your forecast with the actual weather that occurred.
- Discuss the three types of marine sanitation devices and the laws governing sewage discharge.
- Explain what gray water is and how it should be handled in your boating area.
- Write a 500-word report on an aquatic environment (freshwater, coastal, estuary, or sanctuary). Include in the report the location, habitat, history, animals and plants that inhabit the area, its importance to man, current regulations, and what boaters can do to help preserve it for future generations.
Choose any four level 3 electives from the following options.
Click Here to see the list of electives.
Reference materials such as U.S. Coast Guard navigation rules, International
Sailing Federation Rules, OSHA requirements, International Code of Signals,
and some others change frequently. They should be available in your ship's
library. They are not reprinted in the Sea Scout Manual.For more details on Sea Scouting,
including References, and Web References for the requirements shown above,
see the official Sea Scouting Web Site, at http://www.seascout.org
The Quartermaster Award Application (25-403) can be downloaded here.
Source: Sea Scout Advancement, FINAL, 19 Oct.2015.pdf and Sea Scout Manual (#33239 - 2016 Edition - SKU 620543)