Note: as of 11 November 2011 these badge requirements have been updated. This includes the removal of training options. The old set of requirements can still be used until November 2012, and can be found at the bottom of the page.
  1. In two water based activities develop your skills to show competency and technique in the following:
    • Launch and recover craft
    • Manoeuvre craft
    • Communication with the group
    • Knowledge of safety
  2. Take part in a capsize and recovery drill for the two craft used in requirement one.
  3. Use a throw bag or line to reach a person in the water 6 metres away.
  4. Know and apply the steering rules which apply to the craft used, and recognise the main channel markers where appropriate.
  5. Use a correct knot (either a round turn and two half hitches or a bowline), or a correct use of a cleat, to moor a boat with a painter or mooring line and describe what you need to be aware of when using these to moor.
  6. Complete one of the following:
    • Pipe the 'still' and 'carry on' on a Bosun's call.
    • Make a sail maker's whipping and one other type of whipping, and safely heat-seal the end of a rope. Be able to describe the correct use of these whippings.
    • Make an eye splice or a back splice, and safely heat-seal the end of a rope. Be able to describe the correct use of these splices.
  7. Name the parts of a different type of craft to that used in Scout Basic Nautical Skills.
  8. Take part in a challenging three hour expedition or exercise afloat. 
  9. Take part in a competition or crew based activity in your chosen craft.


Reference should be made to the Activity Rules in chapter nine of Policy, Organisation and Rules and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme
Every individual who undertakes an Activity Badge should face a similar degree of challenge and as a result some requirements may need to be adapted.
It is completely acceptable to change some of the requirements of the badges to allow individuals to access the badge (for example where there are special needs, cultural issues, or religious considerations to take into account) and the requirements outlined for the Activity Badges in this book do allow for some flexibility in order to obtain the badge.
If you would like help or advice when considering adapting the requirements of a badge please contact the Scout Association.