… for the youngest section in Sea Scout Groups.

Category Archives: Water Safety

Time: 5 minutes
Equipment: PFD cards (These will require colouring. Newer set to come, including crotch strap.)
Purpose/Topic: Water Safety
AoPG: Intellectual

Terms: zip, straps, collar, reflective tape, whistle, crotch strap

The objective of these cards is to correctly match the images with the label.
Each basic card set should include Image cards, Label cards and Combined Image/Label cards.
Give each pair of Joey Scouts a complete set of cards. They should match up the labels and images, and then refer to the Control cards to see if they are correct.


Time: 5 minutes
Equipment: water flags cards
Purpose/Topic: Water Safety
AoPG: Intellectual

Terms: lifeguard on duty, surfing area, diver below (A), negative (N), affirmative (C), dangerous goods (B), contagion (L), danger: stay clear (J)

The objective of these cards is to correctly match the images with the label.
Each basic card set should include Image cards, Label cards and Combined Image/Label cards.
Give each pair of Joey Scouts a complete set of cards. They should match up the labels and images, and then refer to the Control cards to see if they are correct.
(The last six flags are International Maritime Signal flags, with their meaning and letter. This is worth mentioning to the Joeys, but not necessarily focussing on.)


Time: about 1 minute per Joey Scout
Equipment: a properly fitted lifejacket for each Joey Scout
Purpose: to familiarise Joeys with putting on and taking off lifejackets
Topic: Water Safety
AoPG: Physical, Intellectual

All Joeys will already be wearing a lifejacket (that has been fitted correctly). They will need to remove it before they begin. (But keep hold of it. That way, you’ll be sure the lifejacket they are putting on will fit properly.) Joeys form 2 teams, and they have a relay to practice putting on their life jackets.


Time: variable (probably one minute per Joey Scout, most like more than one turn)
Equipment: 2 inner tubes, 4 pieces of rope, helpers, lifejackets
Purpose: to give Joeys confidence in the water, and familiarity with lifejackets in the water
Topic: Lifejackets, Water Safety
AoPG: Intellectual, Character, Social

Tie two pieces of rope to opposite sides of one inner tube. Do the same for the other set. An adult wades into the water, taking one of the ropes with them. The inner tube sits on the beach.

Form two teams. Each Joey Scout should be wearing a well-fitting life jacket. One Joey Scout from each team hops on an inner tube. They are pulled into the water. When they reach the adults who are pulling, the rest of the Joeys Scouts pull them back to shore. Another Joey Scouts has a turn.