The Royal Navy are dedicated to empowering our volunteers to pass on expertise to our youth members.
Sharing their skills and knowledge, the Royal Navy will encourage our volunteers to teach skills for life.
As well as sponsoring our Time on Water staged activity badge, the Royal Navy also offer free powerboat instructor and paddlesport instructor courses for adult volunteers (see information below), along with an array of activities.
Time on Water Staged Activity Badge
You can collect Time on Water staged badges when you take part in any of these activities:
- Power boating
- Kite boarding
- Motor cruising
- Narrow boating
- Pulling or rowing
- White water rafting
- Traditional rafting
- Paddle boarding.
For Beavers, each session should last about one hour, for Cubs, 1-2 hours, and for Scouts and Explorers each session should last about 2-3 hours.
And as you complete the following number of activities, you can gain a badge:
1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 35, 50
You must be properly dressed and equipped for your activity and the weather conditions. Your leader will also need to make sure you’re following the activity rules in chapter nine of the Policy and Organisation Rules and the Activity Permit Scheme.
Get Time on the Water staged badgesVisit Scout Store
Funding for Sea Scout groups
The Royal Navy generously support Scouting with grant funding available for RN registered Sea Scout groups to purchase equipment and take part in training.Find out more about the Scout Grants Committee
Free Paddlesport Instructor courses for adult volunteers
The Royal Navy are now offering Scout leaders to go on a free paddlesport instructor courses, run by Prime Paddling. Further course dates and details are below:
When: 10th and 11th September 2022
Where: Brodrick Hall, Clayhall Road, Gosport, PO12 2BY
When: 15th and 16th October 2022
Where: 2nd Warwick Royal Navy Sea Scouts, St Nicholas Park, Pickard St, Warwick CV34 4PT
When: 11th and 12th February 2023
Where: 33rd Lancaster RN Sea Scout, Halton Rd, Lancaster, LA1 2EG
As well as gaining the Paddlesport Instructor (PSI) qualification, leaders will also gain a B1 Canoeing or Kayaking permit, which satisfies the Scout requirement in the Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR).
If you would like to take part and meet the pre-course requirements detailed above, then please fill out the form below to register your interest and we will be in touch.
Free Powerboat Instructor courses for adult volunteers
The Powerboat Instructor course takes place at HMS Raleigh, Jupiter Point in Cornwall.
Course attendees must have the following qualifications to be accepted onto the course:
- Must have passed the Powerboat Level 2 certificate for a minimum of five seasons’ experience of power boating. (For those who use Powerboats as part of their job this requirement is reduced to one season)
- Candidates will hold a RYA recognised First Aid certificate (see RYA website for confirmation)
- Must be over the minimum age limit of 16.
- You must also be a member of the RYA.
We hope to resume powerboat instructor courses in Spring 2022 however this has not yet been confirmed. Please keep an eye on this page for further information.
About the Royal Navy
In times of peace and conflict, the Royal Navy is key to Britain’s prosperity and success. The Royal Navy help to stabilise the seas, keeping the maritime trade that’s the lifeblood of the UK economy flowing.