SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Advanced Nautical Skills

The Scout must complete all these activities.

  1. Hold the Nautical Skills Badge, or be at least 13 and complete requirements 1 to 5 of the Nautical Skills Badge.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of pilotage, navigation lights, sound signals, tides, currents and eddies, as relevant to their local waters.
  3. Take care of and maintain a boat or canoe for a period of at least three months.
  4. Know how to get local weather forecasts, understand their importance and be able to recognise signs of changing weather.
  5. Choose one of the following two activities
    1. Gain the Pulling Coxswain Award, or take charge of a pulling boat and carry out a range of manoeuvres including: getting underway, man overboard, picking up a buoy, anchoring and coming alongside. Show a working knowledge of the pulling orders and be able to demonstrate them to less experienced members of the crew.
    2. Gain the RYA Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills or Young Sailing Scheme - Start Sailing Stage 3, or take charge of two other people in a sailing boat and demonstrate crew management and a range of sailing skills including: launching and recovery, getting underway, coming alongside, tacking and gybing, man overboard, picking up a buoy, anchoring and capsize recovery.
  6. Take part in an expedition afloat with a minimum 24 hour duration.
  7. Obtain an authorisation to undertake water activities (Form W).
  8. Complete from the list of nautical skills training activities:
    1. One further item from the Practical Skills section, making sure that at least two skill areas have been covered.
    2. Two further items from the Safety section.
    3. One further item from the Rules of the road and communications section.
    4. Three further items from the remaining five sections.
  9. Keep a log of the water activities they complete.