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Courses and training


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The club is always very appreciative of donations.

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Trips and parties

Narrowboat trips and kayaking parties. 

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Team building

All are welcome to come along and experience our teambuilding activities.

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Inland Waterways Crew course


As both a Royal Yachting Association and British Canoeing approved training centre we can offer accredited courses for narrowboats, kayaking, canoeing, powerboats and aquatic first aid.

IBC is a not-for-profit charity and uses any revenue from RYA and BC courses to fund the youth club for 9-19 year olds. By booking with us you are helping to keep the youth club open - thank you.

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RYA Inland Waterways Helms course

This course is for anyone wanting to cruise the UK’s inland waterways or Europe’s extensive network of lakes, rivers and canals (a CEVNI theory course is also required in Europe), and can be converted into an ICC (International Certificate of Competence).


It deals specifically with the requirements of the inland boater, whether they be a narrow boat owner or cruiser enthusiast. It assumes no prior knowledge and so is ideal for the first timer, yet the more seasoned boater will learn plenty of tricks of the trade and tips to make their boating safer and more enjoyable. It is a hands-on course with minimal theory, and is not only an opportunity to learn new skills but it’s also a fun day out enjoying being afloat!

This is a two day course and is taught on our fully RYA spec boat at a *2:1 student to instructor ratio. Minimum age is 16.

Please note this is NOT a coastal course


£380 per participant

(group discounts available)


This is an entry level course and is ideal for introducing friends or family members to crewing a vessel on the inland waterways, and for giving them an understanding of how they can assist the helm.  

Your instructor will cover all the basics of being a useful crew member, including personal safety; communication on board; throwing a mooring line; some basic boat handling; helping in locking operations; how to be a good look out; what to do in an emergency and looking after the environment.



Diesel Engine Maintenance course

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This is a one day course taught with a low ratio of students to one instructor (usually 6:1).

Participants on the course will receive full RYA diesel engine maintenance qualifications and an RYA diesel engine maintenance handbook.

The course runs mostly on Sundays but we can arrange weekdays for group bookings.

Course topics include:

  • the principles of diesel engine operation

  • the systems and parts of the engine

  • fault finding

  • rectification of common problems

  • bleeding the fuel system

  • changing the impeller

  • routine maintenance

  • winter lay up procedures


£150 per participant

(group discounts available)



Where is Islington Boat Club?

Our address is 16-34 Graham Street, London, N1 8JX. We have a map at the foot of the home page.

Do I need any previous experience?

Some experience helps but this course is for absolute beginners.

What about clothing and safety equipment?

Please wear comfortable clothes and sensible non slip flat shoes. Waterproofs for wet weather, hat and sunscreen for hot weather. All students must wear a bouyancy aid which is supplied by the club.

How long is the course?

The course is run over two days - usually Saturday and Sunday. 10am to 6pm.

What do I receive at the end of the course?

All successful students receive an RYA Inland Waterways Helm handbook and a certificate.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 course

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We offer RYA Powerboat Level 1 and Level 2 courses.

The Level 1 course is an entry level course providing all the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat. It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. It is a hands on course with the vast majority of the day spent afloat driving the boat.

There are also some small theory sections, which are designed to aid your safety awareness and independence whilst afloat. This is a two day course. No prior experience is required.

All our courses are run by friendly, experienced staff and they take place at our base at Islington Boat Club. Prices include certification.

3:1 student to instructor ratio.




As an RYA training centre, we offer the CEVNI training course please enquire for more details.

*numbers are subject to change due to current government guidelines or regulations.

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