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Narrow boating

Narrow boating involves a large motorised boats that are slow moving and are designed to fit in narrow canals and waterways.

Who is it suitable for?
All sections, be careful when planning to consider the swimming ability of the group and the ratio required to safely manage this.

Additional Information
If you are doing this activity as a residential then you must ensure you also have a Nights Away permit holder present with the relevant level of permit for the facilities available.

Badge Links
All Sections Time on the Water Staged Activity Badge
Scouts Power Coxswain Activity Badge
Explorers Water Activities Activity Badge

How to run/provide narrow boating

There are 3 ways of running Narrow boating in Scouting. These are:

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

  2. Externally-led activity - running narrow boating using an external provider

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

Useful links

The National Governing Body for narrow boating is:

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