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Rafting (traditional)

Rafting (Traditional) (FS120668)


This information refers to running traditional rafting activities 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 traditional rafting?

The use of man made raft, often constructed through the use of barrels, poles and rope using pioneering techniques, to travel across water. The raft is usually powered by single bladed paddles, however other methods of propulsion, such as a sail, can also be used. Rafting Permits can also include Coracles (oval shaped craft).

What is a traditional rafting permit?

The adventurous activity permit scheme is designed to ensure that only people with the relevant skills and experience lead adventurous activities for 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 traditional rafting permit is required for all traditional rafting taking place except in class C water. Definitions of water classifications can be found in POR.

Levels of permit

Traditional rafting permits can be issued for any class of water. Each class of permit can be further restricted (such as through venue 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 traditional rafting. These are:

Permit limitations


When supervising other groups the holder of a traditional rafting 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 control the boat 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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