Take a stroke , cut through the water, and become a rowing master.
How to earn your badge:
Show that you understand the equipment required for the activity.
As part of this:
- point out and name the basic parts of a pulling boat
- explain the importance of wearing appropriate clothing for various weather conditions
Show that you can take part in this activity safely.
- understand how to safely enter and exit the boat
- understand the safety equipment required and how to use it
- gain a basic knowledge of the rules of the road for your local waters
- understand the difference between a lifejacket and a buoyancy aid, and demonstrate how to wear them correctly
- from a boat, heave an unweighted line to land within reach of target five metres, within three attempts
- learn the actions and safety requirements to take when being towed
- know how to respond in an emergency
Carry out these manoeuvres in sequence:
- take the boat away from a bank side mooring
- row in a straight line for 100 metres
- complete a figure-of-eight course
- come alongside in your dinghy, to moor at a ring, post, bollard or buoy, using a round turn and two half hitches
Complete two of these tasks:
- scull over the stern between two points, 20 metres apart, and turn through 180 degrees
- draw stroke over the bow
- take a place as an oarsman, including stroke
- give boat orders effectively, or listen to boat orders and act on them
- as bowman, be a lookout and report hazards to the coxswain using standard maritime directions, such as starboard, port quarter and dead ahead
- If you have completed the British Rowing Explore Rowing Programme in a fixed seat craft, or gained a personal or leadership activity permit for pulling, you can automatically gain this badge.
Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.