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The Royal Navy are dedicated to empowering our volunteers to pass on expertise to our youth members.

Sharing their skills and knowledge, the Royal Navy will encourage our volunteers to teach skills for life.

As well as sponsoring our Time on Water badge, the Royal Navy also offer free powerboat courses for adult volunteers.


You can collect Time on Water staged badges when you take part in any of these activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Power boating
  • Kite boarding
  • Surfing
  • Yachting
  • Motor cruising
  • Narrow boating
  • Pulling or rowing
  • White water rafting
  • Traditional rafting
  • Paddle boarding.

For Beavers, each session should last about one hour, for Cubs, 1-2 hours, and for Scouts and Explorers each session should last about 2-3 hours.

And as you complete the following number of activities, you can gain a badge:

1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 35, 50

!You must be properly dressed and equipped for your activity and the weather conditions. Your leader will also need to make sure you’re following the activity rules in chapter nine of the Policy and Organisation Rules and the Activity Permit Scheme.


More activities and information packs

Royal Navy Make Do Share Summer 17 Canoe Template Download
PDF – 24.1KB
Royal Navy Make Do Share Summer 18 Build A Paddle Boat
PDF – 225.1KB
Royal Navy Make Do Share Winter 18 Be Water Kind
PDF – 593.3KB
Royal Navy Make Do Share Summer 19 Water Clean Up
PDF – 4.0MB
Make Do Share Spring 2020 Build A Vessel
PDF – 182.0KB
Time on Water Staged Activity Badge

Free Powerboating Courses for Adult Volunteers - 2019/20

Scouting depends on our Adult Volunteers, and the Royal Navy are dedicated to empowering our volunteers to pass on expertise to our youth members. For this reason, they have opened up two Powerboat Instructors Training Courses in Saltash, Cornwall, available to 12 Leaders (6 per course). These are on a first come, first served basis. 

There are no spaces available on this year's courses. Please fill in the form below to register your interest for future courses. 

Course attendees must have the following qualifications to be accepted onto the course: 

  • Passed your Powerboat Level 2 Certificate for a minimum of five seasons' experience of power boating (for those who use Powerboats as part of their job this requirement is reduced to one season)
  • Hold a RYA recognised First Aid certificate (see RYA website for confirmation) 
  • Be a paid member of RYA
  • Be over 16

If you meet the pre-course requirements detailed above, please fill in this form: powerboat-instructor-training-courses

Funding for Sea Scout groups

The Royal Navy generously support Scouting with grant funding available for RN registered Sea Scout groups to purchase equipment and take part in training. For more information please see information regarding the Scout Grants Committee at

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