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Thorpeness Meare Day - 30th Sep 2023

Boating fun and games for Guides, Scouts, Rangers and Explorers. Leaders are very welcome but not essential. Booking form and details on link below!


Deben District Water Kit

Deben District Scouts have purchased a suite of Buoyancy Aids, Waterproof tops and Spray decks for use by District and County Scout groups.    The kit will be held by 5th Woodbridge for use either at their hut/Deben river (with permit holders) or away at other sites.  5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts have also secured a trailer with  8 x kayaks and 4 x three person open canoes which they are kindly offering to local groups to rent.  Along with the kayaks, they are offering rafting kits for use.    

Groups are responsible for ensuring the Adventurous Permit Activity scheme rules are followed.  Advice can be sought from and of the Water activities team on required permit holders and water classes.  Compass has a list of permit holders in Deben and the surrounding districts. 

The attached form below details all of the kit available and the costs.  There is a small charge to cover insurance and wear & tear.  This is discounted for Deben District Groups due to Deben District buying the water activities safety equipment.  Should you wish to book the trailer, raft kits or water safety equipment please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability.  


Water Activities Programme  

Various courses may be found on the Course Booking website using the BookWhen system at Suffolk Scouts Courses.
Individual links are shown below .
Date Times Audience Event / Training for permit Location Booking Link
15th April 09:00 Explorers/Adults Paddlesport Safety & Rescue Training Mildenhall
7th-9th July W/E Scouts/Explorers Wet Weekend Ramsholt
30th Sep  09:30 Scouts/Explorers Thorpeness Meare Day Thorpeness


Water Activity Assessors:  can be obtained from the MAPS.


Classification of Waters: This is available via the following link on the HQ website based in POR under rule 944 - Classification of Waters and links to the National Directory of Waters.


Safety and Stand Up Paddleboard Leashes

As part of British Canoeing’s continual work to raise safety awareness for anyone paddling a Stand Up Paddleboard, British Canoeing Awarding Body, alongside the SUP Technical Group, have produced a short instruction video.

The video includes the different leashes available, quick release systems, use of buoyancy aids and additional safety equipment for consideration.


Expedition & Activity Details

TBA - when details are available they will be posted here.

Expedition Reports (log-in required to download reports)

Ardeche Expedtion 2016