Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1909 (November) Scout "Headquarters Gazette" - Sailor Badge
"As for Boy Scouts; boat management, etc."

1912 Handbook - Boatswain


Fling a coil of rope onto a post.  

Be able to tie eight knots, blindfolded, and bring a Turk's Head made.  

Row a boat single-handed or with others, or punt with pole, or scull it over the stern. 

Steer a boat rowed by others.  

Bring the boat properly alongside and make it fast.  

Swim fifty yards.  

State direction by stars or sun.  

Box the compass.  

Know various flags, as selected.

1918 POR - Boatswain Badge


Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's Head made by herself.

Do one of the following:-

a) Row a boat single-handed and with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State directions by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the flags of the Merchant Service and those of the new International code of Signals.

1919 POR - Boatswain Badge


Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's Head made by herself.

Do one of the following:-

a) Row a boat single-handed, and with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State directions by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different Nations and those of the new International Code of Signals.

1920 (March) Girl Guide Badges and How to Win Them 1st edition - Boatswain Badge

Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's Head made by herself.
Do one of the following:
a) Row a boat single-handed and with others.
b) Punt with a pole.
c) Scull over the stern.
Steer a boat under oars, and bring her alongside a vessel or landing stage, and make her fast.
Swim 50 yards.
State direction by sun and stars.
Box the compass.
Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations and those of the new International Code of Signals.

1921 POR - Boatswain badge


Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

Do one of the following: 

a) Row a boat single-handed and with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State directions by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations and those of the new International Code of Signals.

1924 POR - Boatswain Badge


Be able to row a boat single-handed.

Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

Do one of the following: 

a) Row a boat with others

b) Punt with pole

c) Scull over the stern

d) Manage a canoe single-handed

Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State direction by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations and those of the new International Code of Signals.

1925 Girl Guide Badges and How to Win Them 8th edition - Boatswain Badge


Be able to row a boat single-handed.

Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's Head made by herself.

Do one of the following:

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with a pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

Steer a boat under oars, and bring her alongside a vessel or landing stage, and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State direction by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations and those of the International Code of Signals.

1927 (July) - Hints on Girl Guide Badges - 10th edition - Boatswain Badge

Be able to row a boat single-handed.
Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's Head made by herself.
Do one of the following:
a) Row a boat with others.
b) Punt with a pole.
c) Scull over the stern.
d) Manage a canoe single-handed.
Steer a boat under oars, and bring her alongside a vessel or landing stage, and make her fast.
Swim 50 yards.
State direction by sun and stars.
Box the compass.
Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations and those of the International Code of Signals.
1929 (July) - Hints on Girl Guide Badges  12th edition- Boatswain Badge

Be able to row a boat single-handed.
Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's Head made by herself.
Do one of the following:
a) Row a boat with others.
b) Punt with a pole.
c) Scull over the stern.
d) Manage a canoe single-handed.
Steer a boat under oars, and bring her alongside a vessel or landing stage, and make her fast.
Swim 50 yards.
State direction by sun and stars.
Box the compass.
Be able to read and send simple messages in Semaphore.
Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.

1930 POR - Boatswain Badge


Be able to row a boat single-handed.

Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

Do one of the following: 

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State directions by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Be able to read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1931 POR - Boatswain Badge


Be able to row a boat single-handed.

Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

Do one of the following: 

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State directions by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Be able to read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1932 POR - Boatswain Badge


Be able to row a boat single-handed.

Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

Do one of the following: 

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State directions by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Be able to read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1933 Hints on Girl Guide Badges - 15th Edition - Boatswain Badge

Be able to row a boat single-handed.
Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.
Do one of the following:
a) Row a boat with others.
b) Punt with a pole.
c) Scull over the stern.
d) Manage a canoe single-handed.
Steer a boat under oars, and bring her alongside a vessel or landing stage, and make her fast.
Swim 50 yards.
State direction by sun and stars.
Box the compass.
Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.
Be able to read and send simple messages in Semaphore.

1935 POR - Boatswain Badge


Be able to row a boat single-handed.

Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

Do one of the following: 

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State directions by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Be able to read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1938 POR - Boatswain Badge


Be able to row a boat single-handed.

Be able to tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

Do one of the following: 

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

Swim 50 yards.

State directions by sun and stars.

Box the compass.

Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Be able to read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1938 Edition - Sea Sense (Sea Ranger Handbook) - this badge is available embroidered in blue, for Sea Rangers.

1939 POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Row a boat single-handed.

2) Tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

3) Do one of the following: 

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

4) Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

5) Swim 50 yards.

6) State directions by sun and stars.

7) Box the compass.

8) Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Be able to read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1943 POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Row a boat single-handed.

2) Tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

3) Do one of the following: 

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

4) Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

5) Swim 50 yards.

6) State directions by sun and stars.

7) Box the compass.

8) Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Be able to read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1947 POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Row a boat, single-handed.

2) Tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

3) Do one of the following:

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

4) Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

5) Swim 50 yards.

6) State direction by sun and stars.

7) Box the compass.

8) Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1950 POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Row a boat, single-handed.

2) Tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

3) Do one of the following:

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

4) Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

5) Swim 50 yards.

6) State direction by sun and stars.

7) Box the compass.

8) Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1953 POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Row a boat, single-handed.

2) Tie eight knots blindfolded, and bring a Turk's head made by herself.

3) Do one of the following:

a) Row a boat with others.

b) Punt with pole.

c) Scull over the stern.

d) Manage a canoe single-handed.

4) Steer a boat under oars and bring her alongside a vessel or landing-stage and make her fast.

5) Swim 50 yards.

6) State direction by sun and stars.

7) Box the compass.

8) Know the common nautical terms used in connection with rowing boats, and the flags of the Merchant Service of the different nations.  Read and send simple messages in semaphore.

1957 POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Manage a dinghy single-handed.

2) Row a boat with others.

3) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

4) Throw an unweighted line 12 yds.

5) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

1960 POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Manage a dinghy single-handed.

2) Row a boat with others.

3) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

4) Throw an unweighted line 12 yds.

5) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

1961 (July) POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Manage a dinghy single-handed.

2) Row a boat with others.

3) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

4) Throw an unweighted line 12 yds.

5) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

1964 (March) POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Swim 50 yds. and keep afloat for 5 minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unweighted line 12 yds.

4) Pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing.

a) Manage a dinghy single-handed, in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

b) Row a boat with others.

c) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

II Sailing

a) Sail a dingy single-handed and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

b) Demonstrate making and shortening sail, tacking, reaching, and running.

c) Pick up moorings and come alongside.

d) Manage a dinghy under oars.

e) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing and sailing dinghies.

Note: A life-jacket must be worn for sailing.

III Canoeing

a) Show knowledge of general handling of canoes.

b) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing stage, or form other craft in deep water.

c) Be able to paddle as single or as partner in double.

d) Demonstrate: i) paddling with feathered paddles; ii) how to use paddle as stabiliser.

e) Capsize canoe, bring ashore with paddles, and empty.

Note: A life-jacket must be worn for canoeing.

1964 (March) POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Swim 50 yds. and keep afloat for 5 minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unweighted line 12 yds.

4) Pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing.

a) Manage a dinghy single-handed, in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

b) Row a boat with others.

c) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

II Sailing

a) Sail a dingy single-handed and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

b) Demonstrate making and shortening sail, tacking, reaching, and running.

c) Pick up moorings and come alongside.

d) Manage a dinghy under oars.

e) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing and sailing dinghies.

Note: A life-jacket must be worn for sailing.

III Canoeing

a) Show knowledge of general handling of canoes.

b) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing stage, or form other craft in deep water.

c) Be able to paddle as single or as partner in double.

d) Demonstrate: i) paddling with feathered paddles; ii) how to use paddle as stabiliser.

e) Capsize canoe, bring ashore with paddles, and empty.

Note: A life-jacket must be worn for canoeing.

1965 (July) POR - Boatswain Badge


1) Swim 50 yds. and keep afloat for 5 minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unweighted line 12 yds.

4) Pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing.

a) Manage a dinghy single-handed, in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

b) Row a boat with others.

c) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

II Sailing

a) Sail a dingy single-handed and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

b) Demonstrate making and shortening sail, tacking, reaching, and running.

c) Pick up moorings and come alongside.

d) Manage a dinghy under oars.

e) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing and sailing dinghies.

Note: A life-jacket must be worn for sailing.

III Canoeing

a) Show knowledge of general handling of canoes.

b) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing stage, or form other craft in deep water.

c) Be able to paddle as single or as partner in double.

d) Demonstrate: i) paddling with feathered paddles; ii) how to use paddle as stabiliser.

e) Capsize canoe, bring ashore with paddles, and empty.

Note: A life-jacket must be worn for canoeing.

1968 Guide Handbook - Boatswain Badge


1) Swim 50 yards and keep afloat for 5 minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unwieighted line 12 yards..

And pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing

a) Manage a dinghy single handed in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

b) Row a boat with others.

c) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

II Sailing

a) Sail a dinghy and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

b) Demonstrate making and shortening sail, tacking, reaching, and running.

c) Pick up moorings and come alongside.

d) Manage a dinghy under oars.

e) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing and sailing dinghies.

Note: A lifejacket must be worn for sailing.

III Canoeing

a) Show knowledge of general handling of canoes.

b) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing-stage, or from other craft in deep water.

c) Be able to paddle a single or as partner in a double canoe.

d) Demonstrate:

i) Paddling with feathered paddles.

ii) How to use a paddle as a stabilizer.

e) Capsize a canoe, bring it ashore with paddles, and empty it.

Note: A lifejacket must be worn for canoeing.

1973 Guide Handbook - Boatswain Badge


1) Swim 50 metres and keep afloat for 5 minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unwieighted line 12 metres.

And pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing

4) Manage a dinghy single handed in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

5) Row a boat with others.

6) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

7) Understand how to behave in a boat form the points of view of both safety and courtesy.

II Sailing

Note: A lifejacket must be worn for wailing.

4) Row or paddle a dinghy.

5) Have a knowledge of the Rule of the Road at sea and its local application.

6) KNow the parts of a boat and sails by name.

7) Be able to rig a dinghy correctly.  Put a boat 'to bed' and show the care which should be exercised when launching and beaching boats.

8) Use lifejackets and buoyancy bags correctly

9) KNow and demonstrate when possible, what to do in the event of a capsize.

Note: If you are in doubt about the suitability of the water for capsize drill, you should consult your County Boating Adviser.

10) a) Sail a dinghy and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

b) Demonstrate the various points of sailing.

c) Pick up moorings and come alongside.  or

a) Show good crewing ability, including using weight to trim a boat; correct handling of jib sheet; use of centre board or dagger board; how to reef the dinghy.

b) Understand the points of sailing and sail a dinghy showing ability to steer a simple course under supervision.

III Canoeing

Note: A lifejacket must be worn for canoeing.

4) Show knowledge of general handling of canoes.

5) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing-stage, or from other craft in deep water.

6) Be able to paddle a single or as partner in a double canoe.

7) Demonstrate:

i) Paddling with feathered paddles.

ii) How to use a paddle as a stabilizer.

8) Capsise a canoe, bring it ashore with paddles, and empty it.

1978 Guide Handbook - Boatswain Badge


1) Swim 50 metres and keep afloat for 5 minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unweighted line 10 metres.

4) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial respiration by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  show how to place the patient in the recovery position in case he should vomit.

And pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing

5) Manage a dinghy single handed in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

6) Row a boat together with at least one other person.

7) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

8) Understand how to behave in a boat form the points of view of both safety and courtesy.

II Sailing

Note: A lifejacket must be worn for wailing.

5) Row or paddle a dinghy.

6) Have a knowledge of the Rule of the Road at sea and its local application.

7) Know the parts of a boat and sails by name.

8) Be able to rig a dinghy correctly.  Put a boat 'to bed' and show the care which should be exercised when launching and beaching boats.

9) Use lifejackets and buoyancy bags properly

10) Know and demonstrate when possible, what to do in the event of a capsize.

Note: If you are in doubt about the suitability of the water for capsize drill, you should consult your Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

11) a) Sail a dinghy and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

b) Demonstrate the various points of sailing.

c) Pick up moorings and come alongside.  or

a) Show good crewing ability, including using weight to trim a boat; correct handling of jib sheet; use of centre board or dagger board; how to reef the dinghy.

b) Understand the points of sailing and sail a dinghy showing ability to steer a simple course under supervision.

III Canoeing

Note: A lifejacket must be worn for canoeing.

5) Show knowledge of general handling of canoes.

6) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing-stage, or from other craft in deep water.

7) Be able to paddle a single or as partner in a double canoe.

8) Demonstrate:

i) Paddling with feathered paddles.

ii) How to use a paddle as a stabiliser.

9) Capsize a canoe, bring it ashore with paddles, and empty it.

Note: i) The tester must be qualified in this activity and approved by the Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

ii) When you hold this badge you may take a boat out alone or with one other Guide provided an experienced adult is present in a safety boat or on the landing stage.

1983 Guide Badge Book - Boatswain Badge


1) Swim 50 metres and keep afloat for 5 minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unweighted line to reach a person 10 metres away.

4) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial respiration by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient in the recovery position in case he should vomit.

Pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing

5) Manage a dinghy single handed in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

6) Row a boat together with at least one other person.

7) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

8) Understand how to behave in a boat form the points of view of both safety and courtesy.

II Sailing

A lifejacket must be worn for sailing.

5) Row or paddle a dinghy.

6) Have a knowledge of the Rule of the Road at sea and its local application.

7) Know the parts of a boat and sails by name.

8) Be able to rig a dinghy correctly.  Put a boat 'to bed' and show the care which should be exercised when launching and beaching boats.

9) Use lifejackets and buoyancy bags properly

10) Know and demonstrate when possible, what to do in the event of a capsize.

If you are in doubt about the suitability of the water for capsize drill, you should consult your Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

11) a) i) Sail a dinghy and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

ii) Demonstrate the various points of sailing.

iii) Pick up moorings and come alongside.  or

b) i) Show good crewing ability, including using weight to trim a boat; correct handling of jib sheet; use of centre board or dagger board; how to reef the dinghy.

ii) Understand the points of sailing and sail a dinghy showing ability to steer a simple course under supervision.

III Canoeing

A lifejacket must be worn for canoeing.

5) Show knowledge of general handling of canoes, i.e. forward paddling, backward paddling, and emergency stops, moving the canoe sideways using draw strokes, either 'sculling draw' or the draw stroke', demonstrate steering, i.e. sweep strokes..

6) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing-stage, or from other craft in deep water.

7) Be able to paddle a single or as partner in a double canoe.

8) Demonstrate:

a) Paddling with feathered paddles.

b) How to use a paddle as a stabiliser.  Demonstrate the support strokes, i.e. recovery stroke and sculling.

9) Capsize a canoe, bring it ashore with paddles, and empty it.

The tester must be qualified in this activity and approved by the Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

When you hold this badge you may take a boat out alone or with one other Guide provided an experienced adult is present in a safety boat or on the landing stage.

You may gain and wear another Boatswain Badge later on by passing a further section.

1986 Guide Badge Book - Boatswain Badge


1) Swim 50 metres and keep afloat for five minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unweighted line to reach a person 10 metres away.

4) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial ventillation by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient in the recovery position in case he should vomit.

Pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing

5) Manage a dinghy single handed in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

6) Row a boat together with at least one other person.

7) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

8) Understand how to behave in a boat form the points of view of both safety and courtesy.

II Sailing

A lifejacket must be worn for sailing.

5) Row or paddle a dinghy.

6) Have a knowledge of the Rule of the Road at sea and its local application.

7) Know the parts of a boat and sails by name.

8) Be able to rig a dinghy correctly.  Put a boat 'to bed' and show the care which should be exercised when launching and beaching boats.

9) Use lifejackets and buoyancy bags properly

10) Know and demonstrate when possible, what to do in the event of a capsize.

If you are in doubt about the suitability of the water for capsize drill, you should consult your Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

11) a) i) Sail a dinghy and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

ii) Demonstrate the various points of sailing.

iii) Pick up moorings and come alongside.  or

b) i) Show good crewing ability, including using weight to trim a boat; correct handling of jib sheet; use of centre board or dagger board; how to reef the dinghy.

ii) Understand the points of sailing and sail a dinghy showing ability to steer a simple course under supervision.

III Canoeing

A lifejacket must be worn for canoeing.

5) Show knowledge of general handling of canoes to include launching and recovery.

6) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing-stage, or from other craft in deep water.

7) Be able to paddle a single or as partner in a double canoe.

8) Demonstrate:

a) Paddling with feathered paddles.

b) How to use a paddle as a stabiliser.  Demonstrate the support strokes, i.e. recovery stroke and sculling.

9) Capsize a canoe, bring it ashore with paddles, and empty it.  Show a knowledge of capsize drill.

The tester must be qualified in this activity and approved by the Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

When you hold this badge you may, with your parents' and your Guider's permission, take out a boat or canoe provided a suitably experienced adult is present in a safety boat.

For canoeing activities, it is essential that two competent canoeists be on the water with you.  The experienced adult may be in a safety boat or another canoe.

You may gain and wear another Boatswain Badge later on by passing a further section.

1986 (September) Guiding Magazine - Boatswain Badge

1) Swim 50 metres and keep afloat for five minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unweighted line to reach a person 10 metres away.

4) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial ventillation by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient in the recovery position in case he should vomit.  Know when and how to use external chest compression.

Pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing

5) Manage a dinghy single handed in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

6) Row a boat together with at least one other person.

7) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

8) Understand how to behave in a boat form the points of view of both safety and courtesy.

II Sailing

A lifejacket must be worn for sailing.

5) Row or paddle a dinghy.

6) Have a knowledge of the Rule of the Road at sea and its local application.

7) Know the parts of a boat and sails by name.

8) Be able to rig a dinghy correctly.  Put a boat 'to bed' and show the care which should be exercised when launching and beaching boats.

9) Use lifejackets and buoyancy bags properly

10) Know and demonstrate when possible, what to do in the event of a capsize.

If you are in doubt about the suitability of the water for capsize drill, you should consult your Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

11) a) i) Sail a dinghy and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

ii) Demonstrate the various points of sailing.

iii) Pick up moorings and come alongside.  or

b) i) Show good crewing ability, including using weight to trim a boat; correct handling of jib sheet; use of centre board or dagger board; how to reef the dinghy.

ii) Understand the points of sailing and sail a dinghy showing ability to steer a simple course under supervision.

III Canoeing

A lifejacket must be worn for canoeing.

5) Show knowledge of general handling of canoes to include launching and recovery.

6) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing-stage, or from other craft in deep water.

7) Be able to paddle a single or as partner in a double canoe.

8) Demonstrate:

a) Paddling with feathered paddles.

b) How to use a paddle as a stabiliser.  Demonstrate the support strokes, i.e. recovery stroke and sculling.

9) Capsize a canoe, bring it ashore with paddles, and empty it.  Show a knowledge of capsize drill.

The tester must be qualified in this activity and approved by the Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

When you hold this badge you may, with your parents' and your Guider's permission, take out a boat or canoe provided a suitably experienced adult is present in a safety boat.

For canoeing activities, it is essential that two competent canoeists be on the water with you.  The experienced adult may be in a safety boat or another canoe.

You may gain and wear another Boatswain Badge later on by passing a further section.

1989 Guide Badge Book - Boatswain Badge


1) Swim 50 metres and keep afloat for 5 minutes wearing clothes.

2) Use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove-hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Throw an unweighted line to reach a person 10 metres away.

4) a) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial respiration by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient in the recovery position in case he should vomit.

b) Know when and how to use artificial ventilation and external chest compression, e.g. drowning, electrical accidents and smoke-filled rooms.

5) Know the signs and symptoms you would look for in the case of a fractured spine.

Pass the whole of any one of the following sections:

I Rowing

6) Manage a dinghy single handed in response to instructions, to include getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside and making fast.

7) Row a boat together with at least one other person.

8) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.

9) Understand how to behave in a boat form the points of view of both safety and courtesy.

II Sailing

A lifejacket or buoyancy aid must be worn for sailing.

6) Row or paddle a dinghy.

7) Have a knowledge of the Rule of the Road at sea and its local application.

8) Know the parts of a boat and sails by name.

9) Be able to rig a dinghy correctly.  Put a boat 'to bed' and show the care which should be exercised when launching and beaching boats.

10) Understand the difference between a lifejacket and a buoyancy aid and know when they should be worn.

11) Understand the importance of buoyancy compartments/bags and how they affect the stability of boat in the event of a capsize.

12) Know, and demonstrate when possible, what to do in the event of a capsize.

If you are in doubt about the suitability of the water for capsize drill, you should consult your Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

13) a) i) Sail a dinghy and know how to manage it under varying conditions.

ii) Demonstrate the various points of sailing.

iii) Pick up moorings and come alongside.  or

b) i) Show good crewing ability, including using weight to trim a boat; correct handling of jib sheet; use of centre board or dagger board; how to reef the dinghy.

ii) Understand the points of sailing and sail a dinghy showing ability to steer a simple course under supervision.

Note: If you hold the Junior National Dinghy Sailing Certificate and pass Clauses 1 to 5 you may have your Boatswain Badge.

III Canoeing

This test may be taken in a canoe or kayak, with an open or closed cockpit.  A lifejacket must be worn for canoeing.

6) Show a general knowledge of handling canoes/kayaks to include launching and recovery.

7) Get in and out from shallow water, from landing-stage, or from other craft in deep water.

8) Be able to paddle a single or as partner in a double canoe.

9) Demonstrate:

a) Paddling forwards and backwards.

b) Stopping in both directions.

c) The recovery stroke.  Know how to use a paddle as a stabiliser.

10) Know what to do in the event of a capsize.  For closed cockpit kayaks on ly show a knowledge of capsize drill, capsize the kayak, bring it ashore with paddle and empty it.

Note: If you hold the BCU 1 Star, Placid Water Skill 1 or Canoe Skill 1 and pass Clauses 1 to 4, you may have your Boatswain Badge.

The tester must be qualified in this activity and approved by the Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).

When you hold this badge you may, with your parents' and your guider's permission, take out a boat or canoe provided a suitable experienced adult is present in a safety boat.

For canoeing activities, it is essential that two competent canoeists be on the water with you.  The experienced adult may be in a safety boat or another canoe.

You may gain and wear another Boatswain Badge later on by passing a further section.

1991 Guide Badge Book - Boatswain Badge

Do all of the following:
1) Swim for 50 metres and keep afloat for five minutes wearing clothes.
2) Tie and know when to use the following knots: reef, bowline, clove hitch, sheetbend, round turn and two half hitches.
3) Throw an unweighted line to reach a person 10 metres away.
4) a) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial ventilation by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient in the recovery position in case he should vomit.
b) Know when and how to use artificial ventilation and external chest compression, for example, drowning, electrical accident and smoke-filled rooms.
5) a) Know the signs and symptoms you would look for in the case of a fractured spine.
b) Understand the danger of moving or handling a patient when the extend of the injury is not known.

Choose any one of the following parts:
Part I Rowing
1) Manage a dinghy single-handed and respond to instructions which include: getting under way, turning, backing, bringing alongside, and making fast.
2) Row a boat together with at least one other person.
3) Know the common terms used in connection with rowing boats.
4) Understand how to behave in a boat from the points of view of both safety and courtesy.

Part II Sailing
A lifejacket or buoyance aid must be worn for sailing.
1) Row or paddle a dinghy.
2) Have a knowledge of the Rule of the Road at sea and its local application.
3) Know the parts of a boat and sails by name.
4) Be able to rig a dinghy correctly.  Put a boat 'to bed' and show the care that should be exercised when launching and beaching boats.
5) Understand the difference between a lifejacket and a buoyancy aid and know when they should be worn.
6) Understand the importance of buoyancy compartments/bags and how they affect the stability of the boat in the event of a capsize.
7) Know, and demonstrate when possible, what to do in the event of a capsize.
If you are in doubt about the suitability of the water for capsize drill you should consult your Assistant County Outdoors Activity Adviser (Boating).
8) Either
a) Sail a dinghy and know how to manage it under varying conditions.  Demonstrate the various points of sailing.  Pick up moorings and come alongside.
or
b) Show good crewing ability including: using weight to trim a boat; correct handling of jib sheet; use of centre board or dagger board; how to reef the dinghy.  Show an understanding of the point of sailing and dinghy and be able to steer a simple course under supervision.
Note: If you hold the Junior National Dinghy Sailing Certificate and pass clauses 1 to 5 you may have your Boatswain Badge.

Part III Canoeing
This test may be taken in a canoe or kayak, with an open or closed cockpit.
A buoyancy aid must be worn.
1) Show a general knowledge of handling canoes/kayaks to include launching and recovery.
2) Get in and out from shallow water, from a landing stage, or from other craft in deep water.
3) Be able to paddle a single canoe/kayak or a double one with a partner.
4) Demonstrate:
a) paddling forwards and backwards
b) stopping in both directions.
c) the recovery stroke.  Know how to use the paddle as a stabilizer.
5) Know what to do in the event of a capsize.  For closed cockpit kayaks only show a knowledge of capsize drill, capsize the kayak, bring it ashore with paddle and empty it.
Note: If you hold the BCU 1 Star Placid water Skill 1 or Canoe Skill 1 and pass clauses 1 to 4, you may have your Boatswain Badge.

Part IV Windsurfing
1) Have a knowledge of the main components of a board.  Show that you know how to rig a board demonstrating the use of knots and a safety leash.
2) Understand self-rescue methods, the dayglo flag and distress signals and seven common senses.
3) Know the different sailing conditions including: on-shore, off-shore and cross winds; tides and where to obtain tidal information; sources of weather and the Beaufort Scale.
4) Understand the need for correct clothing, buoyancy aids, harnesses and the care of equipment.
5) Know how to carry and launch the board and rig separately.  Know the correct method to raise the rig.
6) Be able to sail across wing, upwind and downwind.  Have wind awareness and controlling power; demonstrate steering and stopping.
7) Show you can do 180 degree turn, basic tacking and gybing.
The tester must be qualified in this activity and approved by the Assistant County Outdoor Activities Adviser (Boating).
When you hold this badge you may, with your parents' and your Guider's permission, take out a boat or canoe provided a suitably experienced adult is present in a safety boat.
For canoeing activities it is essential that two competent canoeists be on the water with you .  The experienced adult may be in a safety boat or another canoe.
You may gain and wear another Boatswain Badge later on by passing a further section.

1995 - replaced by Canoeist, Dinghy Sailor, Oarswoman and Windsurfer Staged Badges.

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