To gain this badge, Scouts must complete the requirements below:
  1. Understand the safety rules, capsize drill and the water buddy system.
  2. Know the procedures for loading, numbering off, stopping, bracing the boat, forward and backward paddling.
  3. Understand the instructions and commands as advised by The Dragon Boat Racing Association.
  4. Carry out practice training sessions for a minimum of 2 hours. Practise a race over a distance of at least 250 metres.
  5. Take part in competitive or timed dragon boat event over a course of at least 250 metres.


Where a dragon boat is unavailable the badge may be taken in a bell boat
Reference should be made to the Activity Rules in chapter nine of Policy, Organisation and Rules and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme.
If you need help designing alternatives to these requirements for those with special needs please contact the Special Needs Office at Gilwell Park.