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Classification of Waters

  1. All waters used for Scouting activities must be classified as C, B1, B2, B3 or A in accordance Rule 9.44b.

  2. Water class definitions;
    • Class C - safe inland waters which are less than 100m wide where flow causes little effect (including swimming pools);
    • Class B1 - sheltered inland waters and other sheltered water where currents and tides create no real danger;
    • Class B2 - the sea up to one mile from the shore, but excluding more dangerous waters close inshore; more sheltered parts of estuaries; large inland lakes and lochs; inland waters British Canoe Union Grade 2;
    • Class B3 - the sea up to three miles from the shore, but excluding more dangerous waters close inshore; busy commercial ports, exposed parts of estuaries; inland waters British Canoe Union Grade 3;
    • Class A - open sea more than three miles from the shore, and other dangerous waters close inshore; inland waters British Canoe Union Grade 4 and above.
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    The National Directory of Waters is available online to read.