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Lincolnshire Water Clasifications

Below is an indication of the classification of waters within Lincolnshire in normal conditions. It is primarily aimed at assisting leaders and commissioners in assessing the type of conditions that might be met by members of the movement moving to a new area of the country for a camp or expedition.

Access to waters

The listing and classification of any stretch of water below does not imply that members of The Scout Association may use the water without further permission. Many waters throughout the United Kingdom are subject to conditions relating to ownership, access, fishing, shooting and sailing rights. Members of The Scout Association should always make careful enquiries before boating and ensuring that they do not alienate the goodwill towards the movement that exists in many areas.

Unclassified waters

POR Rule 9.44 (a) states that 'All waters used for scouting activities must be classified as C, B1, B2, B3 and A in accordance with Rule 9.44 (b), except sail or motor vessels operating under the Codes of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels.' Where waters are not classified for any reason, or when carrying out water activities abroad, the leader responsible for the activity should assess and classify the waters in accordance with the guidance given in POR Rule 9.44 (b).

Dangers and hazards

Whilst the classification of a stretch of water is a guide to its potential difficulty or danger, it remains the responsibility of the leader in charge of the activity to make careful enquiries about the specific hazards which may exist. The details below do not list specific hazards.

Lifejackets and buoyancy aids

These must be worn in accordance with POR Rule 9.43 and the factsheet Water Safety (incorporating lifejackets and buoyancy aids) (FS120603).


Lincolnshire Water Classifications

Class C Water

  • All unnamed drains (fishing interests preclude all boating on many of these waterways)
  • All rivers unless otherwise classified
  • Sudbrooke Park Lake and Pool (access required from Camp Warden)
  • Riseholme Hall Lake
  • Skegness Boating Pond

Class B1 Water

  • All gravel pits and quarries (rescue boats must be available, no access to many)
  • River Witham above Boston Sluice gates
  • River Welland (above lock gates at West March Road)(River level often rises to B2)
  • River Steeping (above pumping station)
  • Brayford Pool, Lincoln
  • Rivers Ancholme, Bain, Eau, Glen, Nene (above Sutton Bridhe, Lyme, Slea and Wearing)
  • Whitewater reservoir
  • Canals Coronation, Fossdyke, Horncastle, Maud Foster, Louth (above tide barrier)
  • All named drains

Class B2 Water

  • Coastline except entrance to Boston Harbour (up to one mile offshore, from 1 April to 31 October)
  • Covenham Reservoir
  • River Steeping (below pumping station, from 1 April to 31 October)
  • River Welland (below lock gates at West March Road)
  • River Trent (except below weirs and in spate)
  • River Welland in spate
  • Tetney Haven (from 1 April to 31 October)

Class B3 Water

  • River Trent (below weirs and in spate)
  • Coastline up to three miles offshore unless otherwise classified (from 1 April to 31 October)

Class A Water

  • River Witham (below Boston Sluice and Boston estuary to the entrance to Boston Port)
  • River Steeping (below pumping station, from 1 November to 31 March)
  • Tetney Haven (from 1 November to 31 March)
  • Coastline (unless otherwise classified)


  • All Wash marshes are out of bounds for scout water activities. Marshes are defined as between MHWS and MLWS excluding areas around tidal havens.