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 3:1 student to instructor ratio. Minimum age is 16.

£340 per participant (group discounts available)

For more information, please contact [email protected]

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

Student testimonial
I just wanted to say a massive thanks to the boat club for the superb helmsman course. John was a fantastic teacher, patient, experienced and a really sound bloke! He coped amazingly well in a group comprised of two ‘natural’ helmsmen and me, (the Frank Spencer of the group). I bet he has a few more white hairs after the experience, though!
I would highly recommend the course to anyone thinking about boating life. I thought that John was just brilliant at his job, and a pleasure to cruise with. Many thanks, I’ll be back for kayaking!


Student testimonial

Once again very many thanks for such a good weekend - to us all but you kept everyone going and coached/encouraged and more.

One of the best - but exactly what you'd expect to get at a community boat club!
Just also to say I'll sign up for a diesel course.
All the best