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Keelboating (FS120669)

(Published Jan 2017 replacing version Sept 2010)


This information refers to running keelboating 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 keelboating?

The term Keelboating refers sailing boats which have a keel, daggerboard or centreboard designed to provide stability to the vessel via its weight. Keelboats have no built in accommodation.

What is a keelboating 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.

A Keelboating permit is required for all keelboating taking place except in class C water.

Definitions of water classifications can be found in POR rule 9.44.

Levels of permit

Permits for Keelboating can be issued for any class of water. Each class of permit can be further restricted (such as through size of vessel etc.) to end up with an individual permit to the level of the competence and requirements of any person.

Types of permit

There is one type of permit available for keelboating. This is:

Leadership - Allows the permit holder to lead keelboating for a single boat.

Permit limitations

Leadership – If you have permit to lead keelboating then you can look after only one boat at a time. You will need to remain on the boat whenever it is being used.


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