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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

The Reef Knot

The Reef Knot one of the most popular Guide knots.

Use: for bandaging; tie two ends of the same rope.

The reef knot is used to join two ropes or string of equal thickness.

This knot sits flat when correct, and is easy to undo.

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The old Brownie Badge : Water Safety

  1. Answer questions on commonsense approaches to situations involving the possibility of death by drowning.
  2. (This part of the asessment shuld take part at the water’s edge so that you can demonstrate how to rescue a person without entering the water. Refer to swimming and life saving ” the manual of the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia.

(a)    Demonstrate on land methods of reaching someone in difficulties by using:

  1. A reach with either hand or the leg.
  2. A branch, a length of wood or similar object.
  3. Two articles of clothing tied together.

(b)   Demonstrate your skill in throwing the following articles to within reach of the person in difficulty:

  1. A weighted rope for minimum distance of qo meters.
  2. An unweighted rope for a minimum distance of 6 meters.
  3. A buoyant object for a minimum distance of 6 meters.


Hold the Dry Rescue Award of the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia.

From the 1984 The Brownie Guide Handbook Part 2

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Pre-learning for water craft adventures.

Jumping into a canoe and paddling into the wilderness with no training or basic understanding of water craft basics is a recipe for disaster.  So when the Hazelwood and Churchill  Guides want to prepare themselves for water craft activities there are things that they must learn, respect, do and prove the knowing off.

These things fall into the overlapping catergories of :

Water safety,

A certain proven mobility in the water.

Craft safety,

Knowing whats where on the craft.

Team safety and respect of others.

Knowing your own limits,

Team work,

Knowing emergency signals,

How to have safe fun,

Where to draw the line on your own behavior.

Some idea on weather conditions.

What are you actually sitting in     : canoe, kayak, dingy. sail boat, motor boat.

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The canoeing was to being at 9am…

The canoeing was to begin at 9am on Saturday the 23rd January 2000.  Well, we got there….  .Slightly late,  But the challenge was just to get there.  So the participants, rode their bikes, inline skated, or just plain walked [or had a lift from a really nice Guide leader who went out of her way several times].

We had bikes having flat tyres, chains coming off bikes, and the canoes being in a different place due to the weather conditions.

Once on the water the wind decided to play with the participants. But the time went quickly. No-one capsized which is strange as nearly always someone does.  So we went home tired, happy and reasonably dry.  ready for the next adventure within in our Guiding lives.

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We went to canoe at Hazelwood Pondage.

The weather was great so as planned we set out to Hazelwood Pondage caravan park area.  To get there several methods of transport were used.

Some of the Guides push biked.  There were flat tyres, a chain broke and someone even blew out the back tyre.

Those who chose to roller blade found that they did not like travelling over the routes road surface.

The rest of us walked.

In the end we all managed to get a lift with the designated rescue car or we would not have made the canoeing activity at all.  The actual time it took to get everything sorted out at the beginning of the hike. Then of course their were the dawdlers and dreamers along the way. Those with bike problems not forgotten.

Luckily the parents had been arranged to come at the end of the canoeing activity and take the Guides and their equipment home.  Which was lucky as the wind came in really strong just as the last person went in their own front door.

This hike and kayak /canoe activity occurred at the end of summer of 2009.  As a leader I have not repeated the combination of a hike and canoe /kayakactivity.

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General Tips when showing how to use rope and tie knots.

Use a rope or cord of a suitable thickness.

Always use the short end of the rope for tying a knot.

When teaching knots, have the learners stand alongside you so that they may follow your movements without having to reverse them.

Once the basics have been shown cement the knowledge in through using a variety

  • of games [care of skipping ropes, obstical courses, making a mobile, use of lollies, wide games]
  • as well as the making of camp equipment and gadgets [tripod,  benches, shoe rack, cooking stand, utensil stand, entrances, dilly bag line, news                                       board,   flag pole]
  • and general items use [ making a shelter, securing loads, transporting loads, ].
  • Strange stories but true.  [Your experiences …what went right  or wrong]
  • Relate the experience of others through out the history of Human kind [the tragedies, efforts and survival extremes, celebration of lives saved, war,
  • Change the way you show rope and knot work so that it suits the learners abilities.
  • Take into account their possible disadvantages.
  • Give the Guides the knowledge that they have governance of what they want to achieve.

Work towards some over all project

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Knot and Rope terminology

Standing Part main part of the rope that is not actively in use in tying a knot

End the termination of a rope or the free part towards the termination with which a knot is being tied.

Bight half or open circle in a rope, also refers to the middle part of the length of the rope

Loop closed circle in a rope

Bend knot used for tying one rope to another

Hitch used for fastening a rope to another object, i.e. tent peg

Halyards ropes for hoisting flags or sails

Running end begins from  ‘end’ to the ‘bite’.

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