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(Published Jan 2018 replacing version March 2011)


This information refers to running snorkelling 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 Snorkelling?

Snorkelling is underwater swimming, usually near the surface of the water, using a mask, snorkel and fins for propulsion.

What is a Snorkelling 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 Snorkelling permit is required for all Snorkelling taking place except in class c waters. Definitions of water classifications can be found in POR 9.44.

Levels of Permit

Permits can be restricted (such as through specific locations etc.) to end up with an individual permit to the level of the competence and requirements of any person.

Types of Permit

There are two types of permit available for Snorkelling. These are:

Permit Limitations


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