The first thing Venturers can expect from SWASH is a Water Activities Day which helps familiarise you with the boats and activities. Typically we can take up to 40 people and run a mix of canoeing, sailing and power boating around Sydney Harbour.
As Venturers, you have the capability to run your own Unit activities within Scouting, so we highly encourage you to become trained at SWASH to give you the Level 2 qualifications you need to do this!
We offer standard Scout Skills training courses in Canoeing and Sailing. If you already have the skills, you can do a RPL day to test your prior experience. We also run powerboat courses which enables you to get your NSW Powerboat licence.
Your SIS qualifications can even help to get you a job!
How can SWASH help you with your Venturer badge work?
Being active at SWASH can help you achieve part of your Venturer badge work (if you and your Unit believe this is appropriate).
Outdoor Badge – Successfully completing a Scout Skills course in either sailing or canoeing will gain you a new skill and will take longer than 10 hours. Alternatively, if you already have these skills, you can attend an RPL, then show leadership on the water by helping on at least one Water Activities Day. This will help to further develop your skills and to reach the minimum number of hours.
Service Badge – If you have qualifications then you can come and help as staff on at least two of our Water Activities Days. This will get you the minimum 10 hours required.
Outdoor Badge – Successfully completing a Scout Skills course in either sailing or canoeing will gain you a new skill. You can then further develop your skills by helping on our Water Activities Days. Alternatively, if you already have these skills, you can attend an RPL and then show leadership on the water by helping on enough Water Activities Day. This will help to further develop your skills and to reach the minimum number of hours. If you are extending a skill from the Venturer Award, you can attend a Water Activities Days as a helper. Here, you’ll learn how to operate a safety boat and measure your skills by participating in a major event, such as the Sirius Regatta or the Port Neptune Regatta.
Service Badge – If you already have the necessary qualifications, then you can help as staff on at least 4 of our Water Activities Days or Course days. This will get you the minimum 30 hours required.
This can be achieved using SWASH in either Outdoor or Service. After completing the Venturer and Queen Scout requirements, you can complete further development by helping at SWASH with Water Activities Days, courses and maintenance work.
All of the above are great things Venturers can gain by being involved with SWASH and having fun on the water. If you want to get involved or attend an activity, simply email: [email protected].