To gain this badge, Scouts must complete the requirements in both the practical and on-shore training sections.
  1. Row a dinghy single-handed and carry out in sequence the following manoeuvres:
    1. Take the boat away from a bank side mooring
    2. Row in a straight line for a 100 metres
    3. Complete a figure-of-eight course
    4. Scull over the stern between two points 20 metres apart and turn through 180 degrees
    5. Draw stroke over the bow.
  2. Using a round turn and two half hitches, moor to a ring, post or bollard.
  3. Be able to point out and name the basic parts of a pulling boat.
  4. As part of a crew of a boat:
    1. Take a place as an oarsman, including stroke
    2. Understand boat orders and be able to act on them
    3. As bowman, be a lookout and report hazards to the coxswain using standard maritime directions e.g. starboard, port quarter, dead ahead, etc
  5. From a boat, heave an unweighted line to land within reach of target 5 metres away with not more than three attempts
  6. Understand the safety rules that apply to Scout boating
  7. Know the difference between a lifejacket and a buoyancy aid and show the correct method of wear
  8. Understand the importance of wearing appropriate clothing for various weather conditions
  9. Know what actions and safety requirements to take when being towed
  10. Have a basic knowledge of rules of the road for your local waters


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.