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Windsurfing (FS120666)

(Published Jan 2017 replacing version Jan 2015)


This information refers to running windsurfing 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 windsurfing?

Windsurfing is a section of the sport of sailing undertaken standing on a board with a handheld rig. Windsurfing Permits also cover Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUPing).

What is a windsurfing 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 lead by someone holding the appropriate permit. Additionally young people (under 18) can take part in adventurous activities for themselves with personal activity permits.

A Windsurfing permit is required for all windsurfing taking place except in class C water. Definitions of water classifications can be found in POR.

Levels of permit

Windsurfing 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 windsurfing. These are:

Permit limitations


When supervising groups from a distance the holder of a windsurfing 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 have the necessary skills and be responsible enough to lead a group safely on the class of water being used. 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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