Baden Powell Water Activities Centre (BPWAC) offers the opportunity of anyone involved in Scouting to get on the water and enjoy learning how to sail, powerboat and canoe safely. A Royal Navy inspected and fully recognised RYA training establishment, BPWAC offers courses scheduled from Easter and throughout the summer for young people aged 8 years and above and of all levels of ability (See courses for details). To enrol on a course just send a message here. The facilities and instructors are also available to any scouting organisations in the UK to hire and bespoke courses can be organised specific to the needs of the Scout troop.

Courses available include:-

RYA junior sailing Stage 1,2,3 and 4

Adult Sailing Level 1, 2 & 3 

Sailing with Spinnakers, Seamanship, and Day sailing modules are available on demand 

Power Boat Level 1 & 2 and Safety boat

As a Scout activity centre, BPWAC is a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers for the sole purpose of encouraging young people to take to the water and have fun in a safe and well managed environment.

We do have a hoist to assist your entry and exit to craft if it is required.

Located in a busy marina at Brundall on the River Yare just to the east of Norwich, BPWAC has a purpose built facility with full disabled access, comprising of separate male/female shower and changing facilities, a small galley, store and class room. The building is situated on a private plot of land with water frontage, a disabled person hoist and slip facilities for easy access to designated sailing areas.

Dependent upon conditions, instruction takes place in either of 4 designated sailing areas on the River Yare or Surlingham Broad. The extensive sailing area and variety of wildlife affords ample opportunity to explore the Norfolk Broads and in the true sprit "Swallows and Amazons". Cruises down river and "passage sailing" with Youth leaders/ Instructors takes place regularly during the summer months.

If you have an involvement with Scouting and want to learn how to sail whilst exploring the beautiful Southern Rivers of the Norfolk Broads then why not come and join us.


If you have any sailing experience and would be interested in volunteering as helper at our Training centre then we would love to hear from you. For those interested in becoming a qualified instructor, courses and sponsorship are available.