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

Open Day
Jul 4 @ 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: 1240A – 5.6m

EYC Cadet Week
Jul 23 – Jul 27 all-day
EYC Cadet Week @ Essex Yacht Club

Essex Yacht Club Cadet Week 2020.

3rdCB are invited to enter Scouts/Explorers into their annual Cadet Week – a week of racing, fun & games, and social activities based at EYC’s HQ “Wilton”. Members may borrow dinghies from The Den to enter (single or double handed). It’s a really fun week and the sailing experience of Scouts who’ve entered previously has increased immeasurably.

Official bits – Please note that this is not a Scouting activity, one parent is expected to be present at the Yacht Club during the day to help out with the event and be responsible for their child. Prior sailing experience is required for the use of 3rdCB boats – RYA Stage 3 and experience sailing Topazes is generally the minimum standard, but please talk to the the sailing instructors about it beforehand. We’re not able to provide tuition during the week.

Email Boating@3rdCB.org.uk, or see Chris McHugh or Chris Daly for details.

3rdCB will assist with safety boat cover.