Includes: rowing, boats, water, pulling, DofE, Outdoors, Water

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Stick your oar in

You don't have to row gently down a stream - you can work together to power across lakes, or speed down canals! Rowing can be a really adventurous challenge and helps girls learn to work as a team.


Rowing is travelling on water in rowing boats which are powered and steered by girls using oars, either for recreation or racing.

Girls can row on a range of different types of water and with both fixed seat and sliding seat boats. Find out more about different types of rowing from British Rowing.

To take girls rowing, you will need to find a reputable local activity provider with a suitably qualified instructor.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: AALA,  Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure. These endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.

See safety regulations below for more information on water safety.

Instructors should hold the relevant level of the Girlguiding Rowing Scheme.

Alternatively, instructors should hold a qualification relevant to the type of rowing and water classification from British Rowing.

If alternative qualifications are held, please seek advice from your Outdoor Activities Adviser, British Rowing or contact [email protected] to make sure the instructor’s qualification is appropriate to the nature of the activity.

To do rowing, 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.

Include all: 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 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