Blog | Water activities you can do this term
Planning water activities into your programme is easier than you might think.
As the weather gets warmer and the evenings longer, it’s a great time to plan water activities into your programme. Whether your Group is near the coast, a lake, river, canal or even a swimming pool, everyone can get out and have fun trying a new adventurous activity on the water.
There are plenty of water activities that you can do without needing a permit, including swimming, rock pooling and rafting. Have a look at our blog for all the details.
If you’d like to do an activity that does require a permit, now is a good time to book a session. As we move into the summer season there are lots of events coming up, organised by national governing bodies like the Royal Yacht Association and British Canoeing. It’s a great way for your section to try different water activities under expert supervision. Keep an eye out for the following events:
- In May, the Royal Yacht Association’s Push the Boat Out programme will help young people to get out on the water and discover sailing and windsurfing. Events are being held in over 400 locations across the UK.
- In June, British Canoeing will hold their National Go Canoing Week. With starter sessions, events and guided tours taking place across the country, there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved. You’ll also be helping British Canoeing to reach their target of logging 30,000 miles paddled in a single week!
- Time on the water can be a lot of fun, but water safety and the possible dangers of open water should not be forgotten. The Royal Life Saving Society UK holds their Drowning Prevention Week in June, to spread the message of water safety through events, lessons, games and activities. Participation could help teach your young people vital, life-long skills that could even save a life in the future.
Scout Adventures Hawkhirst offers a range of water activities for all ages. Older sections may also be interested to try out sail training adventures, which offer incredible challenges, international travel and the chance to meet amazing new people, while also learning to sail. The summer is a great time to participate in a sailing adventure, and bursaries are available to make these opportunities open to as many young people as possible.
Let us know what water activities you’ve got planned, and send us your photographs via Facebook and Twitter.