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A2 Raft Building

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Description

Aim: To plan, build and sail a raft working as part of a team. Taken from the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Recreation Outdoor and Adventure A2

Resources

Activity 1
• One sheet of heavy duty plastic e.g. silo cover
• Three roofing laths 75mm x 25mm x 4 metres
• Roll of parcel tape
• Ball of cord
• Pair of scissors
• 8 x one metre length of 25mm water piping
• 4 barrels per raft
• Paper and pens

Activity 2
• One sheet of heavy duty plastic e.g. silo cover
• Three roofing laths 75mm x 25mm x 4 metres
• Roll of parcel tape
• Rail of cord
• Pair of scissors
• 8 x one metre length of 25mm water piping
• 4 barrels per raft
• Design
• Life jackets
• Helmets

Activity 3
• Life jacket
• Helmets
• Paddles
• Raft

Instructions

Activity 1 - Planning the Raft

Aim: To plan how to build a raft working as part of a team.

Instructions:
• Get the young people into groups of 4.
• Show the young people the equipment and allow them to plan & draw a raft design.
• Get them to think about how they will construct the raft but do not let them start to build.
• From what seems not very much equipment you will be amazed to see how many forms of rafts can be constructed which actually float (or in some cases don’t)!

Tips / Advice:
Although your young people are planning their raft do not be afraid to give them hints and tips on how to make their raft better.

Activity 2 - Building the Raft

Instructions:
• Allow the young people in their groups to use their design to build their raft.
• They should try and stick to the original design as much as possible.
• Without boarding their raft, 10 minutes before the end, allow the group to place their construction on the water to test it. Make sure that all young people in the water wear a life jacket and helmet.
• Allow the remaining time to make any last minute alterations.

Tips / Advice:
Although your young people are building the raft do not be afraid to give them hints and tips on how to make their raft better.

Safety / Risk Assessment:
• Whenever your young people are on the water make sure they are wearing their helmets and life jackets.
• Make sure there is always on water supervision of the group, e.g. in a canoe or boat.
• All young people should be able to swim clothed 25m.
• Make sure there is an appropriately experienced leader to supervise the activity.
• The leader should ensure that the raft is safe to use.
• Make sure the water is suitable for the activity and hazard free.
• Make sure anyone having contact with the water washes thoroughly after the activity.

Activity 3 - Sailing

Aim: To sail a raft working as part of a team.

Instructions:
• Instruct your young people to wear their life jackets and helmets whilst they are on the water.
• Devise a series of challenges to test the boats they have designed. These might include:
— A sprint
— Endurance race
— Manoeuvrability test
— Maximum load test a

Tips / Advice:
Remember that your encouragement and support will go a long way to helping your young people complete this challenge.

Safety / Risk Assessment:
• Whenever your young people are on the water make sure they are wearing their helmets and life jackets.
• Make sure there is always on water supervision of the group, e.g. in a canoe or boat.
• All young people should be able to swim clothed 25m.
• Make sure there is an appropriately experienced leader to supervise the activity.
• The leader should ensure that the raft is safe to use.
• Make sure the water is suitable for the activity and hazard free.
• Make sure anyone having contact with the water washes thoroughly after the activity.

For full details see the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Recreation Outdoor and Adventure A2

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