Nautical Skills Staged Activity Badge

The Nautical Skills Staged Activity Badge can be achieved from Stage One through to Stage Six.

To earn the badge, you must complete all the tasks and requirements within a stage and the previous stages. For example, to earn Stage Two, you must complete all elements of both Stage One and Stage Two.

Nautical Skills Stage One

Take part in a water activity taster session such as paddle sports, rafting, sailing, windsurfing, or pulling.

In addition, you must correctly identify the different equipment used for the activity chosen and gain an understanding of the safety equipment used.

Nautical Skills Stage Two

Take part in a water activity taster session or at least one hour such as paddle sports, rafting, sailing, windsurfing, or pulling. By the end of the session, you should be comfortable in your craft.

In addition, you should do the following:

  1. Show that you understand what to do in the event of a capsize or man overboard situation
  2. Demonstrate that you can tie either a figure of eight or a reef knot and describe how to use them in water activities
  3. Name the basic equipment used during your chosen activity
  4. List some clothing that is not suitable for your chosen activity and explain why
  5. Show that you know what safety equipment you should use and why

Nautical Skills Stage Three

Take part in two, one-hour, water activity taster sessions such as paddle sports, rafting, sailing, windsurfing, or pulling.

In addition, you should do the following:

  1. Show that you know how to act safely in your chosen activity and what to do in the event of a capsize or man overboard situation
  2. Show how to check water depth using a method appropriate to your activity so that you don’t ground or beach
  3. Show how to tie a clove hitch, a bowline, and a round turn and two-half hitches and show how to use these in water activities
  4. Name the parts of one type of watercraft
  5. Demonstrate and explain what clothing is suitable for the activities used in your activity
  6. Explain the basic safety rules that apply to your activity
  7. Explain the difference between a buoyancy aid and a life jacket, when each should be used, and how they work

Nautical Skills Stage Four

Develop your skills in two water-based activities and show competency and technique in launching a watercraft, manoeuvering a watercraft, communicating within a group, and knowledge of safety.

In addition, you should be able to complete the following:

  1. Take part in a capsize and recovery drill for two types of watercraft
  2. Use a throw bag or throw line to reach a person six metres away in the water
  3. Show you know how to apply steering rules for your chosen watercraft and recognise the channel markers
  4. Use a known or cleat correctly to moor a boat with a painter or mooring line and describe what to be aware of when using these to moor
  5. Name the parts of your chosen watercraft
  6. Take part in a challenging, three-hour, expedition or exercise afloat
  7. Take part in a competition or crew-based activity in your chosen watercraft

Lastly, you should be able to do these activities:

  • Pipe the still-and-carry-on, on a Bousun’s call
  • Make a sail maker’s whipping and one other type of whipping and heat-seal the end of the rope
  • Make an eye splice or back splice and heat-seal the end of the rope

Nautical Skills Stage Five

  1. Develop your skills in one water-based activity to a level where you can operate the watercraft safely
  2. Show how you would use your watercraft to recover others from the water in a simple rescue exercise
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of pilotage, navigation lights, sound signals, tides, currents, and eddies
  4. Show that you can tie a figure of eight knot, clove hitch, and a round turn and two half-hitches plus, three additional knots including a sheet bend, rolling hitch, and a bowline
  5. Explain different rope types used in water activities and their advantages and disadvantages
  6. Plan and take part in a one-day expedition or exercise afloat with others
  7. Learn how different boats communicate with one-another
  8. Take on the role of the helmsman or coxman in a watercraft
  9. Learn how to find and use local weather forecasts, understand their importance in water activities and recognise the signs of changing weather
  10. Learn how to safeguard against the effects of cold and how to recognise and treat hypothermia

Additionally, you must complete one of the following:

  • Make a rope fender or another piece of decorate rope work such as a lanyard or decorative knot
  • Demonstrate three calls made on a Bosun’s pipe other than still and carry-on
  • Hoist the colours for a Sea Scout ceremonial or nautical themed ceremony

Nautical Skills Stage Six

  1. Develop your skills in one water-based activity to a level where you can operate the watercraft safely
  2. Learn about flares, distress signals, marine VHD radio and where appropriate to use them all
  3. Learn about and explain the access and mooring issues for your chosen watercraft
  4. Learn about and explain the nautical rules including passing other craft, the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCS), light signals, sound signals and the use of water channels
  5. Show an understand of the maintenance of your watercraft and how you can perform simple repairs for three months
  6. Plan and take part in an overnight expedition by water for at least six hours