Blue water sailing
Rafting on faster and larger waters
Rafting on slow flowing or shallow water
Sailboarding (wind surfing)
Who can participate?
Open to all members who meet the minimum age requirements specified.
Dragon boating – age 12+
Paddle boarding – age 10+
Participants need to:
- be able to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for three minutes wearing shirt, shorts, sneakers and a personal flotation device or hold The Royal Life Saving Society of Australian Swim and Survive Level 3 or higher (or equivalent); and
- wear a properly fitted and secured personal flotation device (PFD) appropriate to the activity on the water, in serviceable condition, and bearing the stamp of the Standards Association of Australia or international equivalent or appropriate State approval.
In addition to the General Rules for all Adventure Activities here the following specific rules for boating activities must be adhered to.
- Responsibility for the activity rests with the Leader or Manager concerned.
- An instructor must have the necessary experience and qualifications. The qualifications of Leaders/Managers or instructors carrying out ALL adventure activities must be confirmed by the relevant State Managers.
- A person with current qualifications in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is present at all boating activities. At the discretion of the Leader-in-Charge and depending on the nature of the activity, this person may be on the shore or in a rescue boat.
- The size and stability of boats must be suitable for those taking part. Guides under 10 years of age are to use water craft of appropriate size and stability and only on Grade 1 water.
- A safety helmet bearing the stamp of the Standards Association of Australia or international equivalent or appropriate State approval and suitable for white water canoeing is worn when canoeing on water graded two or over.
- Preliminary training for any boating activity should be on Grade 1 water.
- Supervision and risk management must be provided by Leaders/Managers when home-made rafts, coracles, rubber rafts or dinghies, floats and inflatable toys are used on open seas, tidal waters, rivers or large lakes.
- Special consideration in the form of extra supervision and/or qualified people must be given when swimming requirements cannot be satisfied.
- When using watercraft over 8m (except public transport), the Leader-in-Charge must:
– ensure a ratio of three participants who can swim 50 metres in boating clothes to one non-swimmer; and
– ensure there is one accessible lifejacket for every person on board at all times; these are to be in serviceable condition and bearing the stamp of the Standards Association of Australia or international equivalent or appropriate State approval.
- White water rafting and use of watercraft over 8m (except public transport) are excluded by insurance.
- When Leaders are identifying, assessing and controlling risks associated with Boating activities an ADM 58B Risk Assessment for outdoor activities, events and camps for outdoor activities, events and camp should be completed.
- In the event of an incident or accident, the LIC or qualified leader is required to complete the Girl Guides Australia ADM 24A notification of accident or an ADM 24B notification of incident reportform and follow the media response plan.
For activities with girls of a range of ages, the ratios should be adjusted according to Ratios at a Glance.
The Leader-in-Charge is the adult member responsible for the activity.
The Leader-in-Charge must:
- hold a GGA Leadership or Management Qualification;
- obtain permission from the District/Region Manager and the appropriate State Guiding personnel;
- ensure the activity is adequately by the insurance policy of Girl Guides Australia and, if applicable, the body controlling the intended activity;
- ensure, for Non-routine activities, an ADM.27 ACTIVITY CONSENT FORM FOR YOUTH MEMBERS is received from a parent or guardian of each participant under the age of 18 years and an ADM.28 ADULT INFORMATION FORM FOR ACTIVITIES from each participant 18 years and over;
- ensure, for Adventure-Based Activities, an ADM.27 ACTIVITY CONSENT FORM FOR YOUTH MEMBERS is received from a parent or guardian of each participant under the age of 18 years and an ADM.28 ADULT INFORMATION FORM FOR ACTIVITIES from each participant 18 years and over; and
- ensure the guidelines for the specific activity are followed.
- ensure there are enough people present with appropriate qualifications.
- arrange for suitable and seaworthy craft appropriate to the activity.
- select a location which is suitable to the ability level of those taking part and for the activities planned; and
- be prepared to alter the activity according to the forecast and prevailing water and weather conditions.
The person in charge of the boat must:
- hold appropriate qualification as specified by Girl Guides Australia; or
- hold recognised Australian boating qualifications and be be appropriate by the District Manager and the relevant State Guiding personnel; or
- be in control of a recognised form of public transport.
Australian Canoeing has published the following descriptions are a basic guide to each grade.
Grade 1: Easy
Slow to medium flowing water with very small, regular waves or riffles. Relatively few obstacles, with an easy path to find and follow. Suitable for novices.
Grade 2: Medium
Rapids are straightforward with medium sized, regular waves. The path through rapids can be clearly seen from the water and is often indicated by well-defined chutes or Vs of water. There are some obstacles that require manoeuvring around, but paddlers with a good command of basic strokes can easily miss them.
Grade 3: Difficult
Rapids have moderate, irregular waves and strong currents. Maneuvering is required to follow the preferred route. Small to medium sized stoppers may have to be negotiated. The route is difficult for inexperienced paddlers to see and scouting is advisable. Suitable for experienced Whitewater paddlers, with the ability to roll an advantage.
Grade 4: Advanced
Rapids have large waves and powerful confused currents. Drops are big and stoppers can be large and unavoidable. Fast manoeuvres may need to be made. The route is not clear, and scouting may be needed. Suitable only for very experienced Whitewater paddlers with consistent skills and reliable rolls.
Grade 5: Expert
Extremely long, obstructed or powerful rapids. Rapids may contain very large unavoidable drops, waves, and stoppers and turbulent, unpredictable currents. Fast and accurate manoeuvring is necessary. Eddies may be very small, turbulent and scarce. The route is complex and scouting is highly recommended.
Suitable only for expert paddlers, who are willing to accept the higher level of risk. Rolling in adverse conditions is essential. Swimming is very dangerous.
Grade 6: Extreme
Rapids are extremely technically difficult, powerful and unpredictable. They are rarely paddled, and if they are paddled successfully they are usually downgraded to Grade 5 plus. The river cannot be paddled without severe risk to life.
A boat owned by a Guide organisation or a Unit is subject to an initial examination for seaworthiness and is inspected annually.
A boat must not be used without a current seaworthiness certificate. Assessors of seaworthiness are appointed by Girl Guides Australia or the State Girl Guide Organisation.
Public Transport on Water
There are no special requirements for recognised forms of public transport.
Notification Forms Required
For all activities except sea bikes, rafting on slow flowing or shallow water and pedal boats, the Leader-in-Charge must complete and forward to District Manager:
For sea bikes, rafting on slow flowing or shallow water and pedal boats, the Leader-in-Charge must note the risks and her mitigation strategies on the program, answering the following questions
- What are we going to do?
- What could happen?
- What can we do to make it safe?
For all activities, Leader-in-Charge must receive from each participant:
Last Modified: 12/05/17 at 10:56 AM