boat handling & courses

narrowboat handling and other courses for boaters

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Find your nearest RYA Training Centre or RYA course. Whether you want Helmsman Training or Crew Training, you will find what you need here. From short courses to longer boating experience holidays, on your own narrowboat or on the trainer's own boat - it's all here for you.

Find also other courses to suit your needs. Whether you want to study boat painting, sign-writing, fender making, boat building, or diesel engine maintenance, you will find the best course for you here.

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Bear Boating

RYA Training Centre, Leeds & Liverpool Canal

07387 272 583 / 07969 901 383

Birmingham & Midland Marine Services

Water safety & Skipper training. Work vessels, sailaways, fleet hire relocation.

07527 727 169

Canal Experience Training

RYA Courses / personal tuition. Hunton Bridge, Watford.

07850 846 495

East Midland Boat Handling Centre

RYA Helmsman instructor courses. Ratcliffe on Soar, Notts.

07801 384 898

Islington Boat Club

RYA Approved training centre. Greater London. Drive in sheltered base before canal proper

020 7253 0778


NB Lucy Too. Hands on for half or full day experience. Yorkshire.

07518 745 734

Marple Boat Services

Narrowboat training courses. New Mills, Staffs.

07931 246 668

Narowboat Skills Centre

RYA Helmsmanship. Debdale Wharf, Leics.

0116 442 2326

Nene Valley Boats (Nene, Ouse & area)

RYA Helmsman/crew training. Holidays/boat handling experience days.

01832 272 585

Pirate Castle

training in canal boat handling, London

0207 267 6605

Planet Narrowboats

NB Mercury. Boat training on NB Mercury, Burton-on-Trent, Stafffs

07970 103 217


Inland Waterways Helmsman's (12+)  & Crew courses (8+)

023 8060 4215

Vimart Signwriting Workshops

Traditional signwriting workshops.  For details contact Martyn King

07960 324 539

Willow Wren Training

Canal based RYA & MCA Approved training centre

07970 770 565