Level: 2


  1. Have the Intermediate Swimming Honor.
  2. With your counselor in stern and without assistance, row properly:
    1. A quarter of a mile (0.5 kilometer) on a straight course, stop, make a pivot turn, and return to starting point.
    2. Back water in a straight line 220 yards (200 meters). Make a turn under way, still backing water and return to the starting point. (Feather after each stroke. Pin row locks must not be used.)
  3. Be able to demonstrate how to:
    1. Properly launch and land a rowboat from and to shore
    2. Safely assist a person to and from rowboat alongside a pier
    3. Tie a rowboat to a pier, using a clove hitch, two half hitches, and a bowline.
  4. Alone or with the assistance of one person who is a swimmer, turn a swamped rowboat right side up, get in, and with your hands or an oar, paddle it for 30 feet (10 meters). Tell why you should hang on, or get in a swamped boat.
  5. Shove off shore or pier, alone in rowboat, approach a swimmer and maneuver so that the swimmer can be safely towed ashore.
  6. Name and identify five different types of boats that may be used with oars. Give uses of each.
  7. Identify and describe two of the following types of row locks: tholepin, box rowlock, ring rowlock, open­ top rowlock. Give one or more reasons why pintype row locks are not recommended.
  8. Explain the advantages gained by feathering oars while rowing.
  9. How would you handle a rowboat in a sudden storm or high wind?
  10. How would you calculate the number of persons who may be safely carried in any given lifeboat under oars?
  11. What lights are required on a rowboat at night, both with and without outboard motor?
  12. How would you haul out and stowaway a rowboat that is not to be used during the winter, and how would you prepare it for use in the spring?

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