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Dinghy Sailing (FS120652)

(Published Jan 2017 replacing version Nov 2009)


This information refers to running dinghy sailing for a group of young people, or to do it for themselves if they are a young person. It should be read in conjunction with the A-Z directory of activities at scouts.org.uk/a-z, and Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) of The Scout Association.

What is dinghy sailing?

The term Dinghy Sailing refers sailing boats which have no built in accommodation or fixed keels, and are not designed to provide stability to the vessel via its weight. They will have movable centreboards or daggerboards

What is a dinghy sailing 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.

Additionally young people (under 18) can take part in adventurous activities for themselves with personal activity permits. A Dinghy Sailing permit is required for all Dinghy Sailing taking place except in class C water. Definitions of water classifications can be found in POR.

Levels of permit

Dinghy sailing permits can be issued for any class of water. Each class of permit can be further restricted (such as through non tidal etc) to end up with an individual permit to the level of the competence and requirements of any person.

Types of permit

There are three types of permit available for dinghy sailing. These are:

Permit limitations


When supervising other groups the holder of a Dinghy Sailing supervisor permit needs to designate a leader for each group. This designation lasts only for the current activity while the permit holder is supervising.

People designated as group leaders should hold the skills and be responsible enough to control the group safely in the waters that they are in. There is no problem with making young people group leaders if they are up to the role, and it can be used as a useful development tool.


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