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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.


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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

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: 

September 2022

When: 10th and 11th September 2022

Where: Brodrick Hall, Clayhall Road, Gosport, PO12 2BY

October 2022

When: 15th and 16th October 2022

Where: 2nd Warwick Royal Navy Sea Scouts, St Nicholas Park, Pickard St, Warwick CV34 4PT

February 2023

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).

Paddlesport Course Requirements

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
  • All PSI applicants must have the above prerequisites as late notice withdrawals result in other Scout leaders not being able to book

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.

Important Information
  • There are 6 spaces available for each course so please register your interest in good time
  • The courses will only be run if we are able to fill all 6 spaces for each course
  • Our COVID-safe Nights Away Policy must be implemented for all overnight stays. Find out more here: Planning COVID-safe nights away in 2021
  • By signing up to take part, you give your consent to share your data directly with the The Royal Navy and Prime Paddling. Please check their privacy policies for further information


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. 

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.