Welcome to Sea Scout Knots



These are the basic knots tied by scouts everywhere. The knots demonstrated also include some rescue knots namely, bowline, fireman's chair knot, bowline on the bight.
Care must be taken when tying these knots.


These are a couple of splices that are popular among scouts. They are the eye splice and the back splice.


Two of the more popular whippings used by scout and sea scouts. The sailmaker's is a little more difficult but it well worth the extra effort both for durability and looks.

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Would you ever want to tie knots just for fun or if you are in scouts and you want to learn some more knots, then this website will help you tie knots. There is a word of caution: Although the knots here are to help you learn how to tie a knot there is no substitute for a learned knot tie-r to show you how to tie a knot. Some of the knots are safety knots and you should learn from an expert.

There are about 14 knots to try. There are also Splices and Whippings you might like to give a go.

Knots include the Bowline, Reef knot to more advanced knots e.g. Bowline-on-the-bight.

There is also a print version for each knot so that you can print out to help learn the knot.

If there is not a knot on this site that you think should be on the site please email. A good reference book for all knots is the "Ashley book of knots".

Sea Scout Knots, we hope, will help you. If you need more assistance please contact us at the email address given on the contact us page.

Happy tying

Kind Regards, team


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Back splice

The back splice is used to prevent the end of a rope from fraying.


The bowline is a rescue and/or safety knot. You can tie the loop around you when you are hillwalking but an extra knot is required.
Care should be taken when tying this knot.

Bowline on the bight

The bowline on the bight is a rescue knot. There are two loops formed. One which goes under the arms; the other under the legs of person.
Care should be taken when tying this knot.

Clove hitch

The clove hitch can be used for starting a square lashing. Only good when there is tension on both sides of the knot.

Common whipping

The common whipping is used to prevent the end of a rope from fraying.

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Double sheet bend

The double sheet bend is used where there is a difference in the thicknesses of the ropes to tie the knot. It can also be used on similar ropes for extra strength.

Eye splice

The eye splice is to make a permanent eye at the end of a rope.

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Figure of eight knot

The figure of eight knot is a stopper knot (it stops end of rope running through eye). The figure of eight is used mostly at the end of a sailing sheet (rope) to stop the rope going through the eye when the sheet is flying loosely.

Fireman's chair knot

The fireman's chair knot is a rescue knot. There are two loops formed. One which goes under the arms; the other under the legs of person. The loops must fit snugly.
Care should be taken when tying this knot.

Fisherman's bend

The Fisherman's Bend knot is a knot for tying a warp (rope) to an anchor. It is tied in such a way that it prevents the rope from wearing at the knot itself.
Must not be tied without the seizing.

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Overhand knot

The overhand knot is another stopper knot. This is the easiest way to tie a stopper knot. Other use: tying a plastic bag.

Reef knot

The reef knot is used for tying two ropes of equal thickness together. Can also be used for tying the reefing points on a sail when the wind blows up and used to tie a triangular bandage.

Rolling hitch

For use on a spar or thick rope where it is likely to be pulled at an angle along the spar and/or rope.

Round turn and two half hitches

The round turn and two half hitches knot is used for securing a rope to a spar. Has good strength. Ideal for tying a hammock to a tree.

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Sailmaker's whipping

The sailmaker's whipping is used to prevent the end of a rope from fraying.

Sheepshank knot

The sheepshank knot is used for shortening a rope. This is the traditional method of tying the knot.

Sheet bend

The sheet bend is used for tying two ropes of the same thickness together. Like the reef knot except it is a stronger knot.

Stevedore knot

The stevedore knot is a stopper knot. Works better than the overhand knot and is easier to untie after the knot has been tightened.


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