The Club runs fun/taster sessions
and badge training courses in our own boats
afloat in the Harbour from mid April until mid
Full instruction is given by fully qualified volunteer
Instructors holding the necessary Activity Permit and authorisation
from both the Guide and Scout Associations. Session provision is
always contingent on availability of our Instructors and boats. Our
boats undergo regular certified safety inspection.
Up to 30 young people can be accommodated in up to 4 boats
(larger numbers require double-banking or splitting the
session) but this number depends on the availability
of boats and Instructors. Each session gives more than an hour
At least one responsible adult or Leader from the unit must
accompany and take charge of the group ashore and be in attendance
throughout. This adult must bring along contact details for
next-of-kin for all participants, as required by Scout Association
and Girlguiding rules. The attached parent/carer Consent Form may be
used if required. When afloat or undergoing instruction, leadership
responsibility lies with the Club's lead Instructor.
Changing, toilet, shower and kitchen facilities are available at
the Club Boathouse at the Benjamin Perry Scout & Guide Water
Activities Centre, Phoenix Wharf, off Lower Guinea Street, Bristol
BS1 6TJ (see location
Units should report at the Boathouse at the time arranged.
Passengers can be dropped off at the Wharf itself but parking on
the Wharf must be arranged with the lead Instructor. Public parking
is available near the Boathouse on Redcliffe Parade.
What we expect from participants. PLEASE do share this
information with them!
1. Participants should be members of the Scout or Guide Sections
2. They and participating Leaders/adults must be able to swim 50
metres in ordinary clothes and keep afloat for five minutes,
bearing in mind that they will be wearing a (supplied) buoyancy
aid. At the discretion of Instructors, one non-swimmer wearing a
full life jacket (supplied) may form part of each boat
3. Parents/carers should know that although there have been
no instances in Bristol Harbour for some years, Weil's disease
remains a risk. Please ensure that cuts and abrasions are covered
by waterproof plasters (see advice sheet).
4. Those attending should wear old clothing (no jeans) and bring
a wind/waterproof coat, a jumper and sun/rain hat, as appropriate
for the weather. Soft-soled shoes should be worn and spectacles
secured. A change of clothes might be useful. A buoyancy aid will
be provided. Mobiles and precious items should be left ashore in
our secure storage.
5. Instructors will have boats ready for use on arrival and will
first give basic instruction and a safety briefing. Afterwards,
young people will be expected to help put boats and oars away. No
one must leave the site without permission from the lead Instructor
and the accompanying unit Leader/responsible adult.
6. We are content to row in light rain but not in high winds
with novice crews. If weather conditions look bad, ring the lead
Instructor whose contact details you have been given by the Booking
Secretary. When booking, include a contact mobile
number for the intended accompanying Leader/adult in
case of cancellation.
Finally - water sports are potentially
dangerous, so GOOD DISCIPLINE AND GOOD BEHAVIOUR must be
maintained, both on and off the water. The public's perception of
our Movements will be influenced by what is seen.
Version 5. RS Jan 2014