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Water Activities


The County runs events for adult volunteers throughout the year to support and encourage them to get out on the water. Bespoke training experiences for members can also be sourced.

General information on paddlesports can be found on The Scout’s website:

Canoeing    Kayaking    Bell Boating


For volunteers wishing to gain a permit to lead paddlesport activities, both training and assessment can be provided.

If you are looking to gain a permit and require further information,


If you are interested in a bespoke event or training for your members then contact the Deputy County Commissioner, Activities.

Power Boating and Narrow Boating

The County offers bespoke training experiences for members in the various aspects of power boating and narrow boating.

Training and assessment can be provided for leaders wishing to gain a permit in this area.

For further information please contact John Stribblehill, the County Advisor for power boating and narrow boating.

Boat inspections (including kayaks and canoes)

All craft used by The Scouts must be checked on each occasion it is used to ensure that it is fit for purpose and suitable for the activity.

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

Further information about boat inspections can be found by clicking this link.

If you would like help or advice with boat inspections in the County, please email the Deputy County Commissioner, Activities

Classification of Waters

A permit is required to carry out activities on any water classified as B1, B2, B3 or A. The Scouts classifications of waters and general information can be found here.

For guidance on carrying out activities on waters classified as C, please refer to the information on the here.

For further information or guidance about any water activities in the County, please email the Deputy County Commissioner, Activities


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