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. If you have completed Nautical Skills Stage 5, you should try a different water based activity.
- Learn about flares, distress signals and marine VHF radio, and when it is appropriate to use them.
- Learn about and explain the access and mooring issues in your chosen
- Learn about and explain the ‘nautical rules of the road’ including passing other watercraft, the International Rules for Preventing
Collisions at Sea (IRPCS), light signals, sound signals and the use of
- Show an understanding of the maintenance your watercraft
needs and show you can carry out simple repairs over the course of three
- Plan and take part in an overnight expedition by water with others. Your time underway should be at least six hours.
Every individual who undertakes an activity badge should face a similar degree of challenge and as a result some requirements may need to be adapted. It is completely acceptable to change some of the requirements of the badges to allow individuals to access the badge (for example where there are special needs, cultural issues, or religious considerations to take into account) and the requirements outlined for activity badges do allow for some flexibility in order to obtain the badge. If you would like help or advice when considering adapting the requirements of a badge please contact UK Headquarters.