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Royal Navy

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:

  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Power boating
  • Kite boarding
  • Surfing
  • Yachting
  • 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 badges

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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 - October 2021, Gosport

The Royal Navy are now offering Scout leaders to go on a free paddlesport instructor courses, run by Prime Paddling. Further details are below:

When: 16th and 17th October 2021

Where: Broderick Hall, Gosport

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).

Course attendees must have the following qualifications to be accepted onto the course: 

  • Hold a full British Canoeing Home Nation Association Membership (£35-£45 dependent on age)
  • British Canoeing Home Nation Association Registration Of course Attendance (£45)
  • British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (Cost varies usually £60) 
  • Personal paddling and rescue competence, this is of the same competence of someone with the BC Paddle Explore Award
  • Minimum age of 18

If you would like to take part and meet the pre-course requirements detailed above, please complete this form to register your interest and we will be in touch.

If you have any questions, please email us

Important Information:

  • There are 6 spaces available for this course so please register your interest in good time
  • The course will only be run if we are able to fill all 6 spaces
  • Our COVID-safe Nights Away Policy must be implemented for all overnight stays. Find out more here: Planning COVID-safe nights away in 2021


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. 

If you meet the pre-course requirements detailed above and wish to attend a future course, please complete this form to be added onto the wait list.

If you have any questions, please email us

More activities:

Row to the rhythm

Have fun on the water as you paddle to the beat.

Rafting relays

It’s time to put the raft you built to the test. Which team will complete the challenge and get back first?

Kayak keep away

Practise your stopping, starting, and turning with an energetic game on the water. Don’t take your eye off the ball!

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.