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Paddle puzzles

Complete these activity sheets to learn the places that you can paddle safely.
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You will need

  • Pens or pencils
Paddle puzzles - Activities
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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?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Make it accessible

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.