You will need
- Pens or pencils
Talk about safe paddling
Everyone should have a go at completing the activity sheets, to learn about how to be safe during paddle sports. At the same time, they should talk about:
- Have you ever been canoeing or kayaking? Where did you go? What did you do?
- Think of some places it might be safe to paddle. (For example: reservoirs, boating lakes, white water courses, lochs, seas, oceans, and harbours.)
- Although these are places you could paddle, it might not always be safe to do so. Why might somewhere not be safe to paddle? (Consider water temperature, rough water, heavy rain, dirty water, and danger signs.)
These activity sheets helped you to think about the outdoors: valuing the space available for paddling and making sure these locations are safe. Remember that just because somewhere is accessible, doesn’t mean it might be safe for a paddlecraft at all times. Why do you think it's important to check the location before you start paddling? What sort of conditions could change to make somewhere unsafe? What could you do to check a place is safe? Which outdoor spaces would you like to visit most?
Make it accessible
All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.