Traditional Rafting Permit Training and Assessment Day

Date: 1st October 2023 All Day Event Location: Forest Camp Activity Centre
On Sunday 1st October 2023, we are holding a free Traditional Rafting Permit Training and Assessment Day at Forest Camp Activity Centre for leaders to attend both theory and practical session.


Please arrive by 09:00
09:30 – 12:00
13:00 – 15:30
We may need to be flexible due to numbers of leaders who express an interest and the number of rafts available.
Leaders need to attend both sessions, theory and practicals.

This course is open to:

  • A maximum of 24 individuals.
  • Members of the Scout Association.
  • Over 18s only.
  • Any leader who wants training and assessment for a permit in Traditional Rafting
  • Those who have an existing rafting permit that has lapsed, or who have a current permit and feel that they need a refresher course of the activity. It will add 5 hours to your logbook.

Those who cannot make this event and want training and assessment in Rafting for a new permit need to look out for a future training 2024 course on the Cheshire Scouts website.


All expenses are being met by the county under the condition that leaders use their permit with youngsters as soon as possible.


There will be a full run through of the Traditional Rafting syllabus and any implications. From initialising the activity right through to seeing the youngsters leaving the site.

Does not include:

The provision of wetsuits. See the kit list. All other gear will be provided if required, helmets, buoyancy aids, rafting kit. Lunch.

For enquiries and to book, please contact:

Pete Goodger on 07769831919 or [email protected].

About the Course

We are training Cheshire leaders in Traditional Rafting. The aim is to have more permitted leaders who can take youngsters out. We realise that with COVID and the lack of access to the rafts at Tatton many leaders have no current valid permit. These sessions are an attempt to put this right. By the end of the day you should have completed the training and have a new permit.

We will cover The Scout Assessment Checklist:

  • Responsibilities
  • Group management
  • Risk assessment
  • Weather
  • Technical
  • Emergency procedures
  • Equipment


Plan of the session:

The schedule will be something like this:

Meet at Forest Camp inside the Beg Building at the start time.

  • Introductions and talk about the aim of the day
  • The leaders in turn will take charge of the different tasks of a rafting session where the rest act as Explorer Scouts (maybe!)
  • Talk about the pre activity elements you should have covered before a scout session
  • Unload and build two(?) rafts
  • Equipment in/on the raft
  • Throw lines and knives
  • Lunch – bring one!
  • Launching and loading
  • Paddling techniques
  • Control
  • Activities while on the water – not just paddling!
  • Getting off the water
  • Putting the dismantled kit away


Before the day:

  • We need to see a risk assessment for running a two hour rafting session at Forest Camp or Tatton for a group that you are most likely to paddle with,
  • a programme or list of activities you could do on the water with that group,
  • an application for a permit and log if that is your current situation.



Hopefully you all know about the Scout’s Policy, Organisation & Rules for Bell Boating? If not then have a read before the session.

Forest Camp Activity Centre

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