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Be Prepared - You and Your Boat

Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, powerboats… There are all kinds of vessels with which you can have great adventures on the water. Having the right gear with you is the key to staying safe and having fun. Explore the safety gear on your vessel and create scenarios to help you understand its purpose. Have a bailing competition, test your accuracy with a throw rope or play Kim’s game to ensure you remember the right gear.

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  • Who can help with this adventure?
  • What scenarios can we use to practice using this gear?
  • What do the local maritime laws require you to have on your boat? How can you find out? What safety equipment is not required, but is still good to have?
  • Where can we practice these skills?
  • What emergency equipment are you not familiar with?


  • Play some games to get more familiar with boating safety gear. Have fun!


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How did your team work together on this adventure?
  • How did you feel before, during and after this adventure?
  • What was your favourite part of this adventure?
  • How can you build on this experience?
  • Remember to submit your activities on our Scouts for Sustainability Take Action Map

Keep it Simple

  • Play a game, like Kim’s Game or a memory game to try to learn all of the different gear you should have on your watercraft.

Take it Further

  • Write a song or create a game to teach another Section about water safety. How can you creatively teach them about what safety gear a boat needs?