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Pulling (Fixed Seat Rowing) Activity Badge

These badge requirements were updated on 26 January 2018. The previous badge requirements can still be used until 31 January 2019, to allow for transition where necessary.

How to earn your badge

If you have completed the British Rowing Explore Rowing Programme in a fixed seat craft, or gained a personal or leadership activity permit for pulling, you can automatically gain this badge. 

If not, here's what you need to do:

1.  Show that you understand the equipment required for the activity.  As part of this:2.  Show that you can take part in this activity safely.  You should:  3.  Carry out these manoeuvres in sequence:

4.  Complete two of these tasks:

Previous badge requirements

These requirements will be discontinued on 31 January 2019.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Using a round turn and two half hitches, moor your dinghy to a ring, post or bollard.
  3. 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.
  4. From a boat, heave an unweighted line to land within reach of target five metres. You must complete this within three attempts.
  5. Explain the importance of wearing appropriate clothing for various weather conditions.
  6. Learn the actions and safety requirements to take when being towed.
  7. Gain a basic knowledge of the rules of the road for your local waters.
  8. Point out and name the basic parts of a pulling boat.
  9. Learn the safety rules in Scout boating.
  10. Explain the difference between a lifejacket and a buoyancy aid. Show how to wear them correctly.


Top tips

If young people have previously completed stage 3 of the Nautical Skills staged activity badge, they will have already covered numbers 8, 9 and 10


Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


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