How to earn your badge
- Develop your skills in one water based activity to a level where you can operate the watercraft safely. You could demonstrate this by gaining a
personal permit or the relevant national governing body personal competency award.
- Show how you would use your watercraft to recover others from the water by taking part in a simple rescue exercise.
- Demonstrate knowledge of pilotage, navigation lights, sound signals, tides, currents and eddies, depending on what’s relevant to your local waterways.
- Demonstrate that you can tie a figure-of-eight knot, clove hitch, and a round turn and two half-hitches. Tie an additional three knots: sheet bend, rolling hitch and bowline, then describe their uses.
- Explain the different types of ropes used in water activities, their advantages and disadvantages and how to care for them.
- Complete one of these:
- Make a rope fender or other piece of decorative rope work, such as a lanyard or a decorative knot.
- Demonstrate three calls made on a Bosun’s pipe, other than ‘still’ and ‘carry on’.
- Hoist the colours for a Sea Scout ceremonial or nautical themed ceremony.
- Plan and take part in a one-day expedition or exercise afloat with others.
- Learn how different boats communicate with each other in your location.
- Take on the helm or cox role in a watercraft or help prepare a team for a competition.
- Learn how to get local weather forecasts, understand their importance and be able to recognise signs of changing weather.
- Learn how to safeguard against the effects of cold, and how to recognise and treat hypothermia.