2017 Water Activity Courses now available for booking

Scouts sailingThis year’s water activities programme is now ready to go, with RYA Sailing Courses, British Rowing courses and open boating for all to join in with. All courses based on national governing body standards and taught by qualified instructors, leading to formal qualifications as well as Scout badges.

Open Boating
These are sessions for any members of Scouts, Explorers or above to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary. There is no charge or requirement to book to join in with open boating, just ensure you are down in good time for the briefing as outlined on the programme, and bring suitable clothing to go afloat. The full boating programme is at the bottom of this page and at 3rdCB.org.uk/events/boating/

Sailing Courses
The courses for Scouts & Explorers are run to the RYA syllabus by our team of volunteer instructors, enabling you to get a nationally recognised RYA certificate, RYA logbook and Scout activity badge. There is a small charge to cover the cost of certificates, books and safety boat fuel. The sailing courses we currently offer are:

  • Stage 1 – A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat.
  • Stage 2 – A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor.
  • Stage 3 – Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction.
  • Stage 4 – Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat.
  • Seamanship Skills – How to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat.

There is a lot of demand for these courses, so we only allow you to complete one sailing course per year to help everyone get a go. You will also need to show evidence of practice (eg general boating sessions at The Den or your own yacht club, recorded in your logbook) before we will allow you to progress onto a more advanced level course.

These can be booked through our online booking system at 3rdCB.org.uk/courses/

If all the courses fill up there is a waiting list system on the booking page and we will endeavour to schedule some more courses later in the year.

Rowing Courses
Rowing courses give a good introduction to the water and are run to British Rowing Association standards.

  • Learn to Row Stage 1 / The Pulling Badge will take you through the basics of rowing technique, both on and off the water, as well as basic navigation and safety.

These can also be booked through our online booking system at 3rdCB.org.uk/courses/

What to bring
For all activities afloat you will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with.

If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Water activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Boating Calendar

Jun
24
Sat
Open Boating
Jun 24 @ 10:30 – 15:30

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Jul
8
Sat
RYA Sailing Stage 1
Jul 8 @ 10:00 – 17:00

Start sailing
Learn a basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

Duration: 1 Day

Cost: £10. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook, certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Open Boating
Jul 8 @ 11:00 – 16:00

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Jul
9
Sun
Open Day
Jul 9 @ 11:00 – 16:00

Join us at The Den for the Group’s annual Open Day. A chance to see what we get up to, get out on the water in some of our boats, meet the leaders and other parents, and enjoy a summer BBQ in Old Leigh. All family and friends welcome.

HW: 1342A – 5.6m

Aug
19
Sat
Open Boating
Aug 19 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Pulling Badge
Aug 19 @ 09:00 – Aug 20 @ 15:00

BRA LogoLearn to Row – British Rowing Stage 1 Course

The course will take you through the basics of rowing technique, both on and off the water, as well as basic navigation and safety.

See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

You will need to bring suitable clothing for going afloat. Old clothes that can get wet (not jeans), or swimming gear if it’s warm, a towel and a change of clothes. You will also need some old trainers or boat shoes for your feet – wellies and bare-feet are not allowed. Buoyancy aids and waterproofs are provided at The Den.

RYA Seamanship Skills
Aug 19 @ 09:00 – Aug 20 @ 15:00

Handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat
Includes launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard, anchoring.

By the end of the course you will be able to handle a wide range of situations afloat.

Pre-requisites: Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 3 or 4 course, plus at least a further 6 hours or practice over 3/4 sessions, recorded in your log book.

Duration: This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Aug
20
Sun
Open Boating
Aug 20 @ 09:30 – 15:30

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Aug
26
Sat
RYA Sailing Stage 1
Aug 26 @ 11:30 – 18:30

Start sailing
Learn a basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

Duration: 1 Day

Cost: £10. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook, certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Open Boating
Aug 26 @ 14:00 – 18:30

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Sep
3
Sun
Open Boating
Sep 3 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Sep
9
Sat
RYA Sailing Stage 1
Sep 9 @ 10:30 – 17:30

Start sailing
Learn a basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat

Duration: 1 Day

Cost: £10. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook, certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Open Boating
Sep 9 @ 13:30 – 17:30

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Sep
17
Sun
Open Boating
Sep 17 @ 09:30 – 15:00

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Sep
23
Sat
RYA Sailing Stage 3
Sep 23 @ 10:30 – Sep 24 @ 17:30

Better Sailing
Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. By the end of the course you will be able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.

Pre-requisites: Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 1&2 course, plus at least 6 hours of practice logged over 3/4 sessions (either at The Den or your own sailing club).

Duration: This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.