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Trinity House

By partnering with Trinity House, we want to support young people in developing nautical skills.

Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community with a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners.

Their mission is to promote maritime safety and education and, with their support, we have been able to develop high-quality activities for the Nautical Skills Staged Activity Badge, Sailing Staged Activity Badge and Paddle Sports Staged Activity Badge.

These fun and engaging activities will educate more young about water safety, maritime traditions and how to safely take part in activities on the water. They help young people take an active role in all facets of being on the water, and do so in a safe and responsible manner where risk is managed; building all the skills necessary to also obtain RYA qualifications with a view to encouraging young people to consider maritime careers.

The safety of shipping and the well-being of seafarers have been the prime concerns of Trinity House since being incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514.

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Activities

Mooring merchants

Master some nautical knots and learn about international trade as we become meeting place merchants.

45 mins
Scouts

 

Buoyancy aid relays

Get ready for water activities by practising buoyancy aid skills.

10 mins
Beavers and Cubs

 

Whipping into shape

Look after your rope and it’ll look after you. Learn how to care for the ends of rope with whippings and splices.

45 mins
Scouts and Explorers

 

Fly the flag

Develop that nautical knot knowledge and practice pioneering as we make flagpoles to hoist the colours.

45 mins
Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

 

Flare fact finders

Learn about marine distress signals and VHF radio from an expert and discover if anyone has a flair for flares!

4 hours
Scouts and Explorers

 

Wild wind

Find out how to tell a fresh breeze from a near gale in this game about the Beaufort scale.

45 mins
Scouts

 

Prepare to paddle

Start your paddle sport journey with your first taster session.

4 hours
Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

 

Advanced paddle sports

Take your paddling skills to the next level, choose which path to go down and paddle your way there.

6 hours
Scouts and Explorers

 

Nautical navigator

Keep track of your position out at sea by obtaining a fix and using a dead reckoning.

4 hours
Scouts and Explorers

 

Water you taking?

Decide what equipment you’d take out on the water, and dash between ‘take’ and ‘leave’ to get it there.

10 mins
Beavers and Cubs

 

Team kit review

Learn about the equipment you need for a water activity and build team togetherness.

20 mins
Cubs

 

Ship-tac-toe

Learn about water safety with this special game of noughts and crosses.

20 mins
Cubs and Scouts

 

Do moor, be more

See how less can be moor and which knots not to knot in this boat-parking practice run.

25 mins
Cubs and Scouts

 

Throw bag grab

Show a person in need that you’ve got this one in the bag, by mastering this crucial rescue technique on land.

15 mins
Scouts and Explorers

 

Pin the propeller on the powerboat

Learn what goes where on watercraft in this take on the classic party game.

15 mins
Scouts and Explorers

 

Fashion a fender

Braid some brilliant boat bumpers from the right sort of rope as we whip up some fancy fenders.

45 mins
Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

 

Ship shape

Make sure your water activity prep is watertight by mastering watercraft maintenance and how to spot what to fix.

6 hours
Scouts and Explorers

 

When tides collide

Find out what makes the highest high and the lowest low in this game of tidal flow.

30 mins
Scouts

 

Either oar

Continue learning and developing your paddle sports skills with the next step in your journey.

4 hours
Scouts and Explorers

 

Mariners​ maps and mishaps

Tell stories​ from the high seas and learn to plot voyages on nautical charts.

1 hour 30 mins
Scouts and Explorers

 

Tie the tarp

Practise your knot-tying skills and prepare for water activities with this fast-paced team game.

25 mins
Cubs and Scouts

 

Paddle power

An active game that gets everyone warming up the muscles used when paddling.

10 mins
Beavers and Cubs

 

Paddle pile-up

Can you choose the right items for canoeing or kayaking in different types of weather?

25 mins
Beavers and Cubs

 

Get afloat

Build a boat and find the perfect place to sail it.

40 mins
Beavers and Cubs

 

Seafaring scenes

Create nautical narratives from your aquatic adventure kit as we learn how to be safe at sea!

45 mins
Cubs and Scouts

 

Whistle while you work

Pipe out instructions with a boatswain’s whistle as we learn how sailors at sea share nautical messages.

25 mins
Cubs and Scouts

 

Port pilots

Use sound to get around, as we look at the nautical navigation of tricky tides, coursing currents and packed ports.

30 mins
Scouts and Explorers

 

Hoist the colours

Whether you’re opening a Sea Scout meeting or leading a ceremony, have a go at hoisting the colours to say hello.

5 mins
Scouts and Explorers

 

Build a bottle boat

Learn some basic sailing terminology in this bottle-based, boat building bonanza.

45 mins
Scouts

 

Rules of the nautical road

Find out who has right of way on the waves and learn about the International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea.

1 hour
Scouts

 

For river and beyond

Take control of your paddle sports experience. Plan everything you need and learn as you go.

4 hours
Scouts and Explorers

 

Moving with the tides

Learn the basics of nautical navigation and design active games to put your knowledge to the test.

1 hour
Scouts and Explorers

 

Person overboard

Feel confident about capsize and person overboard drills with these dry land dramas.

30 mins
Beavers and Cubs

 

Captains coming

Warm up for a day on the water and learn some sailing terminology in this energising game.

10 mins
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

 

Which craft?

Learn about different types of watercraft by working together to sort images into different categories.

30 mins
Beavers and Cubs

 

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