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Pulling is the activity of propelling an open craft primarily by the use of oars where there is fixed seating, a coxswain and a crew.

The most widely used pulling boats now are the Drascombe Gigs. They are 25 feet long and have a crew for five oars and a cox. They can also be sailed and have an outboard motor. There are other big open boats that are available and can be found at most scout water activity centres and lots of sea scout bases.

Pulling is a team activity, everyone literally has to 'pull' their weight or the boat will not move. In Holland every sea scout patrol has their own heavy, big, steel open boat that they use for camping, pulling and sailing, the PL being the cox and training their patrol. Now there is a challenge to today's scouts and explorer scouts, what about getting your own big boat? Learn the skills of pulling and coxing it, navigation, tides and weather. Or just try it as a fun activity that will certainly get you fit.

How to run/provide pulling

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

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

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

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

Useful links

The National Governing Body for pulling is:

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