SKU: SO 101365 Category:


Take a stroke , cut through the water, and become a rowing master.

How to earn your badge:

  1. Show that you understand the equipment required for the activity.

    As part of this:

    • point out and name the basic parts of a pulling boat
    • explain the importance of wearing appropriate clothing for various weather conditions
  2. Show that you can take part in this activity safely.

    You should:

    • understand how to safely enter and exit the boat
    • understand the safety equipment required and how to use it
    • gain a basic knowledge of the rules of the road for your local waters
    • understand the difference between a lifejacket and a buoyancy aid, and demonstrate how to wear them correctly
    • from a boat, heave an unweighted line to land within reach of target five metres, within three attempts
    • learn the actions and safety requirements to take when being towed
    • know how to respond in an emergency
  3. Carry out these manoeuvres in sequence:
    • take the boat away from a bank side mooring
    • row in a straight line for 100 metres
    • complete a figure-of-eight course
    • come alongside in your dinghy, to moor at a ring, post, bollard or buoy, using a round turn and two half hitches
  4. Complete two of these tasks:
    1. scull over the stern between two points, 20 metres apart, and turn through 180 degrees
    2. draw stroke over the bow
    3. take a place as an oarsman, including stroke
    4. give boat orders effectively, or listen to boat orders and act on them
    5. as bowman, be a lookout and report hazards to the coxswain using standard maritime directions, such as starboard, port quarter and dead ahead


  • If you have completed the British Rowing Explore Rowing Programme in a fixed seat craft, or gained a personal or leadership activity permit for pulling, you can automatically gain this badge.
  • Learn about water safety with the RNLI.