Sadly we are unable to carry out "Own Boat" training until further notice due to Covid-19.


RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course On Your Boat

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The RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Own Boat Course is a two day course and can be held on Your boat at Your location. Courses run on any two consecutive days by arrangement.

£820 for up to two people.
£1,230 for three people.

Maximum 3 delegates per course, (maximum of two on traditional stern craft). 09:00 to 17:00 over two days. RYA Inland Waterways Handbook provided free of charge. We reserve the right to quote for additional expenses for distant locations.

Own boat training is the same price as it is if you come to us for two or more people but the training is specific to your own boat and we often have some of the time taken up with questions such as "What does that thing do?"

The course is also more useful if you have a vessel different to a standard narrowboat such as one adapted for disabled users. Our training centre at Stockton is fully disabled friendly but it isn't practical to adapt our training boats. We also train people on their own river cruiser, wide beam or Dutch barge or on specific waterways. Our instructors have a wide range of experience and there is always one who has the appropriate skills.

The RYA Certificate is an internationally recognised certificate and is also recognised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, (MCA), for commercial use in certain areas. As such, delegates must reach a specific standard by the end of the course. This used to be a one day course for experience boaters only but this is no longer offered by the RYA.

This two-day course will take beginners to a proficient standard of helmsmanship required for the RYA certificate. Equally, our 20 years experience of training has shown on many occasions that even the seasoned boater can still have much to learn and we will happily push the boundaries and show you more tips when you have reached the required level.

By the end of the course you should be able to do all of the following to a proficient standard:

Engine checks and starting.
Leaving a mooring.
Collision avoidance.
Meeting and passing boats.
Arriving at a mooring.
Knots and hitches.
Safety, including man over board.

We also discuss waterway features that physically can't be included on the course. E.g. lift and swing bridges, river operation, tunnels and we answer any questions that you may have about anything related to boating.