We offer RYA Inland Waterways Helm courses providing all you need to attain accreditation. 

You can gain confidence driving in our sheltered basin before progressing to the main canal and learn:

  • pre-start checks
  • how to drive and maintain a narrowboat
  • how to operate a lock
  • how to navigate the Islington tunnel
  • waterways etiquette

For dates, availability, details of other RYA courses and to make a booking visit here.

We also offer bespoke BCU kayaking courses for young people and adults - please email [email protected] for more details.

Instructor testimonial (John Freed):
We are now in our third year of training new boaters how to negotiate all they will encounter on the canal system either as Leisure or Live aboard boaters. Taking guidance and recognition from the RYA Narrowboat helm training scheme our course is taught on a purely practical basis on our training vessel Pegotty Tom.
The Helms Course is increasing in popularity as many of the students who have taken part in it have been recommending it to other people who are considering holidays or a life on the water.
To date we have trained over 150 students to safely navigate their way around the UK canal system. I am constantly reminded of the impact that this course has on people and its ability to inspire confidence and surety on the water and ultimately a happier boating experience.