Powered boating

Includes: Outdoors, Adventurous, Water

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Make waves

Motorboats, speed boats and other powered boats offer fun ways to whizz across the water.


Powered boating uses motorised boats for recreation or racing on various types of water. For narrowboating, please see specific requirements.

To take girls powered boating, you will need to find a reputable local boat provider and an appropriately qualified, experienced and competent skipper.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

When undertaking this activity through a commercial provider you should use an RYA affiliated centre.

Please visit the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) website for guidance on suitable instructor qualifications. 

When hiring a boat with a skipper, make sure that they are appropriately experienced and competent, and ensure the boat is adequately insured and in good condition.

Please seek advice from the RYA, your Outdoor Activities Adviser or Boating Adviser, or contact [email protected]uiding.org.uk for further information on suitable skipper qualifications.

To do powered boating, girls must be able to:

  • swim 50 metres
  • keep afloat for five minutes in the clothes normally worn for the activity.

Girls may fulfil these rules wearing a buoyancy aid or life jacket when either is required for the activity.

Be inclusive: if a girl has a medical condition that will affect her ability to swim, ensure that you inform the instructor and make provision to allow her to participate safely.

The Leader must:

  • make sure that safety rules and alarm signals have been explained to the girls, and they understand the need for instructions to be obeyed immediately
  • make sure the required buoyancy aids/life jackets are used
  • follow water safety guidelines and ensure that the responsible adult helpers are familiar with them.

Water should be inspected for signs of visible pollution, for example rubbish, blue green algae or chemicals.

Make sure girls and parents are aware of the dangers and symptoms of Weil's disease and what action to take if infection is suspected. On the day of the activity participants should be advised to cover cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters to help prevent infection.

See our guidance on water activities.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed


  • An Activity Information and Consent form is required to participate in this activity - PDF | Word
  • A Risk Assessment form is required for this activity - PDF

Remember - you can use one consent form for multiple activities