How to earn your badge
If you have completed the British Rowing Explore Rowing Programme in a fixed seat craft, you can automatically gain this badge.
If not, here’s what you need to do.
- Row a dinghy unaided. Carry out these manoeuvres in sequence:
- take the boat away from a bank side mooring
- row in a straight line for 100 metres
- complete a figure-of-eight course
- scull over the stern between two points, 20 metres apart, and turn through 180 degrees
- draw stroke over the bow.
- Using a round turn and two half hitches, moor your dinghy to a ring, post or bollard.
- As part of a crew of a boat:
- take a place as an oarsman, including stroke
- listen to boat orders and act on them
- as bowman, be a lookout and report hazards to the coxswain using standard maritime directions, such as starboard, port quarter and dead ahead.
- From a boat, heave an unweighted line to land within reach of target five metres. You must complete this within three attempts.
- Explain the importance of wearing appropriate clothing for various weather conditions.
- Learn the actions and safety requirements to take when being towed.
- Gain a basic knowledge of the rules of the road for your local waters.
- Point out and name the basic parts of a pulling boat.
- Learn the safety rules in Scout boating.
- Explain the difference between a lifejacket and a buoyancy aid. Show how to wear them correctly.