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Nautical Skills Staged Activity Badge

Nautical Skills Staged Activity Badge

Nautical Skills badge

How to earn your badge:

  1. Develop your skills in two water based activities.

    Show competency  and technique in:

      • launch and recovering a watercraft
      • manoeuvring a watercraft
      • communicating with the group
      • knowledge of safety.
  2. Take part in a capsize and recovery drill for the two watercraft you have chosen.
  3. Use a throw bag or line to reach a person six metres away in the water.
  4. Show you know how to apply the steering rules to your chosen watercraft and recognise the main channel markers.
  5. Use a knot (either a round turn and two half hitches or a bowline) or a cleat correctly to moor a boat with a painter or mooring line.

    Describe what you need to be aware of when using these to moor.

  6. Complete one of the following:
    1. Make a sail maker’s whipping and one other type of whipping and safely heat-seal the end of a rope. Describe the correct use of these whippings.
    2. Make an eye splice or a back splice and safely heat-seal the end  of a rope. Describe the correct use of these splices.
    3. Pipe the ‘still’ and ‘carry on’ on a Bosun’s call.
  7. Name the parts of your chosen watercraft.

    If you have completed Nautical Skills Stage 3 you must choose a different watercraft.

  8. Take part in a challenging three-hour expedition or exercise afloat.
  9. Take part in a competition or crew-based activity in your chosen watercraft.

Tips

June 2024.

Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.

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