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Water Activities

  • Paddlesport including Canoeing, Kayaking and Bell Boating
  • Powerboating and Narrowboating
  • Boat inspections – useful information if your Group or Unit has its own boats including canoes and kayaks
  • The National Directory of waters – which waters you can use in the UK including details of Hereford and Worcester.


This covers such activities as canoeing, kayaking and bell boating.
A raft of general information about these activities can be found on The Scout Association Website using the links below:

Canoeing    Kayaking    Bell Boating

The County run a number of events over the year to support and encourage members to get on the water and paddle their own canoe so to speak.

Training Evenings
Over the summer months the Activate Team runs evening sessions at Top Barn Lake near Hallow which is a few miles north of Worcester. These evening sessions are designed to introduce members of all ages to various paddling activities.  Evenings are advertised on our events pages or you can get more information by contacting the Activate Team direct on

The County can offer bespoke train experiences for members and adults in the various paddling disciplines.  For Leaders wishing to gain a Permit in this area both training and permit assessment can be provided.

If you are looking to gain a permit and require further information then click on the link at the top of this page.

If you are interested in a bespoke event or training for your members then contact the Activate Team Direct on

Powerboating and Narrowboating

The County offers bespoke training experiences for members and adults in the various aspects of Powerboating and Narrowboating.  Leaders wishing to gain a Permit in this area then both training and permit assessment can be provided. For information on any aspect of these activities, contact John Stribblehill the County Advisor for Powerboating and Narrowboating. John can be contacted by e-mailing .

Boat inspections including Kayaks and Canoes    

All craft used by The Scout Association must be checked to ensure it is fit for purpose and suitable for the activity on each occasion it is used. It is the responsibility of the permit holder or activity leader to make sure craft and associated equipment are properly checked and maintained.

Groups, Districts, and centres may have their own systems for equipment checking, however, the responsibility remains with the permit holder or activity leader to check the craft before use.

Further information can be found about boat inspections by clicking here.

If you want help with boat inspections do not hesitate to contact  DCC (Activities) via e-mail at , who will be able to put you in touch with a suitably qualified person who can give you practical advice and guidance.

National Directory of Waters

The national directory of waters exists to provide a guide to our members as to what level waters have been graded.

An activity permit is required on any water classified as B1, B2, B3 and A.  For guidance on carrying out activities on water classified as C please refer to the information found on The Scout Association website (click here for the website).

For full information as to the classification of all waters in England and Wales please go to list maintained on The Scout Association website (click here for the website). This link will take you to general guidance about the National Directory of Waters. The menu on the left of that page will navigate you to specific rivers and waters throughout the UK, the ‘Rivers’ link, covers the Severn and Wye besides the Thames and Trent (click here for the website).

For further information about water access contact, in the first instance e-mail at:


Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls