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Kayaking is a paddlesport involving closed and open cockpit boats that seat one, two and sometimes four people. The craft is propelled with double-bladed paddles. Kayaking takes place on all types of waters from calm inland waters up to white water, surf and sea.

Who is it suitable for?
All sections, however you may need to have higher ratios if you have non-swimmers in the younger sections.

Additional Information
The British Canoeing website has a search facility that will help you find any clubs, activity centres, events and courses.

Badge Links
All sections Time on the Water Staged Activity Badge, Paddlesports Staged Activity Badge

How to run/provide kayaking

There are 3 ways of running Kayaking in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running kayaking yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running kayaking using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running kayaking for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Body for kayaking is:

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