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Our local waters

The northern waters of Portsmouth Harbour are the regular meeting place 3rd Portchester when going afloat. We operate around Portchester Castle, one of the best surviving Roman "Saxon Shore" forts. A medieval castle was later built within the fort providing it's distinctive tower. 

This area is very familiar to all our Leaders and young people. While no activity can be completely risk free, our local knowledge and management of risk means that all young people can learn to be competent afloat in a safe (and fun) environment. 

Waterways classification 

Any body of water that Scout activities could be run on are given a classification by the Scout Association. This is aimed to assist Leaders in assessing the conditions they might meet when travelling to a new area, such as when on camps or expeditions, as well as enabling Adventurous Activities Permit holders to run activities with the confidence of knowing which areas are within their abilities and the abilities of the group. 

The map below is intended as a guide to the water classification boundaries in our local area and is based on the information found on the Scout Association website in March 2015. Please note that this information can, and does, change over time, so the map may not always reflect the most up to date information. 

Water activities areas 

Closer to home, we have a series of water activities areas. These are defined in the chart below and as part of our Safety and Operating Procedures. These are the areas we operate in the vast majority of the time and so we're most familiar with them. Note that they all fall within B1 waters, as shown in the chart above. 

Defining areas, such as these, allow us to quickly agree on an area, or areas, to run activities in on any given Troop session. This means we all know where everyone is and can more easily keep an eye on them. It also means we can put adequate safety cover in place to cover the range of activities we're running.