ACTIVITY – Learn how to tie essential knots for sailing!
View the video below from the Sea Scouts, who have been a part of the Boy Scouts of America for over 100 years. It is a co-ed program for young men and women ages 14 – 20. This high quality video provides easy to follow instructions on tying several of the seven very basic knots for seamanship.
Learn from Historic Texts
Use these images from The Art of Knotting and Splicing by Cyrus Lawrence Day (US Naval Institute, 1955), SSHSA Maritime Reference Library at the Ship History Center to learn how to tie knots.
Additional Resources for Learning to Tie Knots
They’re as old as humankind and used by practically every person on the planet every day, so how come they’re so underappreciated? Read the article, “In Praise of the Humble Knot” by Jody Rosen in the New York Times.
Read more about the seven essential knots for sailors from Sail Magazine.
Check out this Girl Scouts camp and outdoor curriculum manual on knots.