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Hovercrafting (FS120750)

(Published Jan 2018 replacing version 3 April 2013)


This guidance looks to give the facts a person would need to know to run Hovercrafting 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 Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) of The Scout Association.

What is Hovercrafting?

Hovercrafting is the activity of riding on a powered craft, which is supported on a cushion of air created by a fan. Hovercrafts are amphibious and may be used on both land and inland waters. Hovercrafting does not refer to craft constructed of a commercially manufactured blower unit with no access to moving parts (i.e., fan) and of no more than 5bhp.

What is a Hovercrafting 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 Hovercrafting Permit is required for all Hovercrafting activities as defined above.

Levels of Permit

Hovercrafting permits can be issued for land or inland waters of class C, B1 or B2. Each class of permit can be further restricted (such as through venues, types of craft, etc.) to end up with an individual permit to the level of the competence and requirements of an applicant.

Types of Permit

There are three types of permit available for Hovercrafting. These are:

Permit Limitations


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

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


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