Activity – Watersports

Stroud & Tetbury District Scouts have access to Kayaks and Kata Kanus in Stroud, which enables participants to undertake Watersports. For information on other watersports contact the County Watersports Advisor.

Terms & Conditions of Use – Kayaks

For Scout Groups/Sections wishing to offer watersports, we have 6 kayaks available in the District based on the Stroudwater canal near Ryeford.

Kayaking may only be undertaken under the supervision of a suitably qualified kayaking permit holder. It is the ‘Leader in Charge’s’ responsibility to ensure that the permit holder holds an appropriate in-date qualification to carry out the activity.

All watersports participants must adhere to POR Rule 9.42 (see below).

Permission MUST be obtained from the parents/guardians of young people under the age of 18 years old participating in watersports.

The fee for using the kayaks is £20 per session (morning, afternoon or evening). The fee includes the hire of buoyancy aids but does not include the cost of the Permit Holder.

Up to 6 individuals may participate at a time and in addition to the permit holder, one adult would need to be in attendance.

Kayaking is most suitable for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

Kayaking may be booked at activities@stscouts.org.uk

Please note that the kayaks are stored on private land so the landowner needs to be approached for access prior to any session. S&T Activities will provide details for access.

Terms & Conditions of Use – Kata kanuing

For Scout Groups/Sections wishing to offer watersports, we have access to kata kanus available in the District based on the Stroudwater canal near Ryeford. Kata Kanus are very stable double hulled canoes for 6 people at a time. They are great for team building and developing water confidence in individuals. They are also good for Sections where a higher adult/child ratio is required or there are young people with additional needs.

Kata kanuing may only be undertaken under the supervision of a suitably qualified permit holder. It is the ‘Leader in Charge’s’ responsibility to ensure that the permit holder holds an appropriate in-date qualification to carry out the activity.

All watersports participants must adhere to POR Rule 9.42 (see below).

Permission MUST be obtained from the parents/guardians of young people under the age of 18 years old participating in watersports.

The fee for using the kata kanus is £3 per person per session (morning, afternoon or evening). The fee includes the hire of buoyancy aids but does not include the cost of the Permit Holder.

Kata Kanuing is most suitable for Beavers, Cubs, weak or non-swimmers and young people with additional needs.

Kata kanuing may be booked at activities@stscouts.org.uk

Please note that the kata Kanus are stored on private land so the landowner needs to be approached for access prior to any session. S&T Activities will provide details for access.

Qualified Watersports Permit Holders in Stroud & Tetbury District

Theresa Mansbridge (ADC Activities & SL Rodborough Scout Group) activities@stscouts.org.uk

Alex Chestnutt (DC) dc@stscouts.org.uk

There are other permit holders in the County who may be willing to run sessions and these can be contacted through Theresa Mansbridge.

Watersports Safety

Participants in watersports must adhere to POR rule 9.42 as follows:

  1. Members taking part in any water activity (those which take place on or in the water) must be able to demonstrate to a suitable person their ability to swim 50 metres in clothing and equipment appropriate to the activity (where a buoyancy aid or life jacket is worn for the activity this may be used for the demonstration) and keep afloat for 5 minutes. Anyone unable to meet these requirements is classified as anon-swimmer and must follow Rule 9.42 (b).
  2. A non-swimmer may take part in water activities, at the discretion of the Leader in Charge, only if certain precautions are taken:
    • Any non-swimmer must wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid of approved design and be in the charge of an adult (this does not apply for swimming, paddling or activities near water).
    • There must be no more than one non-swimmer in any craft, unless a one-to-one ratio is maintained (one competent adult to one non-swimmer).
    • In the case of single-handed craft this should only be on C or B1 class waters (see Rule 9.44 (b) with supervision on a one-to-one basis (one competent adult to one non-swimmer).
    • Where non-swimmers are taking part in swimming activities (as defined in Rule 9.50) they must be under the direct supervision of an adult in the water. This must not exceed two non-swimmers to one adult.