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(Published Jan 2017 replacing Sept 2010)


This information refers to running keelboating for a group of young people, or to do it for themselves if they are a young person.

What is keelboating?

The term Keelboating refers sailing boats which have a keel, daggerboard or centreboard designed to provide stability to the vessel via its weight. Keelboats have no built-in accommodation.

What is a keelboating permit?

The adventurous activity permit scheme is designed to ensure that only people with the relevant skills and experience lead adventurous activities for the young people. Therefore all activities classed as adventurous can only be led by someone holding the appropriate permit.

A Keelboating permit is required for all keelboating taking place except in class C water.

Definitions of water classifications can be found in POR rule 9.44.

Levels of permit

Permits for Keelboating can be issued for any class of water. Each class of permit can be further restricted (such as through size of vessel etc.) to end up with an individual permit to the level of the competence and requirements of any person.

Types of permit

There is one type of permit available for keelboating. This is:

Leadership - Allows the permit holder to lead keelboating for a single boat.

Permit limitations

Leadership – If you have permit to lead keelboating then you can look after only one boat at a time. You will need to remain on the boat whenever it is being used.

Rules relating to keelboating

Rule 9.7 Adventurous Activities Permit Scheme

Rule 9.8 Adult groups undertaking activities

Rule 9.13.1 All water activities

Rule 9.13.2 Life Jackets and Buoyancy Aids

Rule 9.13.3 Classification of Waters

Rule 9.13.4 Activities on class c waters

Rule 9.13.5 Boats

Rule 9.13.6 Charter Vessels

General activity rules

Rule 9.1 All activities

Rule 9.6 Use of External Centres and Instructors