Watercraft Badge

Scouts Canada Watercraft Badge Page


Cubs learn basic boating skills and knowledge1


To earn the Watercraft Badge, complete the following requirements:

  1. Describe six different types of watercraft
  2. Correctly name and point out six different parts of a watercraft
  3. Explain and show the correct way to choose and wear a life jacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
  4. Demonstrate how to safely enter, change places in and exit a boat, showing how to move calmly and keep your weight low and centered. Know how to behave in a boat.
  5. Describe the signs of dangerous weather and water conditions for boating and what to do when you see them.
  6. Demonstrate the following:
    • (a) Identify three examples of good throwing assists.
    • (b) Be able to throw a throwing assist (without a line) to a person at least two metres away.
  7. Demonstrate the following:
    • (a) While wearing your PFD, curl up in a ball to form the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP) to stay warm in the water.
    • (b) With a small group who are all wearing PFD's huddle together to make the HUDDLE position to keep you and others warm in the water
  8. Know the importance of staying with your boat if you fall out or tip over.
  9. With a buddy or adult, launch a boat and row, paddle or sail in a straight line for 50 meters; turn and come back.

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