Punts, rowboats and pedalos

Includes: water, rowboat, pedalo, Outdoors, Water

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Take a punt

Try using a pole to push your boat along, peddle your way across a lake or get your arms working on a rowboat.


Punts are small, flat-bottomed boats designed for use on shallow water and propelled by pushing against the river bed with a pole.

Some ornamental lakes have traditional rowing boats and pedalos that girls can use to propel themselves around the water.

To take girls punting, on rowboats or pedalos, you will need to find a safe venue and a reputable local provider.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Punting, rowboat and pedalo activities must not take place on classified water.

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