RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course

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RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course

About / description

Enjoy boat tuition on a narrow boat or wide beam boat in a relaxed atmosphere with a professional experienced RYA instructor. With a maximum of 3 students in a course, this is like private boat tuition where you have ample opportunities to have a go and practice your newly acquired skills. You are welcome to book a single place and join others on a course, or if there are 2 or 3 in your group, you can book a course together and save money on our group booking price. 

Our training sessions are built around your own requirements and learning is at your pace with no pressure. We understand that driving a boat can be a bit daunting and often stressful and it is our aim to provide you with the skills to drive safely and upon which you can then build your confidence and enjoy owning a boat on the water. 

The course is a 2 day course. If you'd like to stay on the boat overnight, you are welcome to book this as an extra option which is £150. This includes your bed linen and towels and also gives you an opportunity to practise driving the boat in between tutorial sessions. (Please note the overnight option is only available if you are booking all 3 places on a course).

  • Learn in a friendly atmosphere
  • Non judgemental
  • No experience necessary
  • 1 and 2 day courses available at a date to suit you
  • Tuition on our narrow boat Gina or wide beam or on your own boat: Please note wide beam boats are only available off season
  • Training sessions available for those of you thinking of purchasing a narrow boat or wide beam
  • Special family prices for 2 adults taking the Helmsman Course and Child (12 yrs+) taking the RYA Crew course. Please contact us for a price
  • For those who have passed their Helmsman Course with us, why not book a practise day and hire one of our boats at a reduced rate to practise your newly acquired skills?


    Total price for a 2 day course based on number of persons in your party

    1 person    £340.00

    2 persons   £395.00

    3 persons   £540.00


To be able to safely navigate on a river or canal To understand water safety To gain a knowledge of boat engine maintenance To gain confidence in boat handling skills


No experience is necessary.

Dress code

Please Wear suitable weather clothing.Layers is always a good idea as the weather can change.

Parking / transport

There is parking on site

Additional information

You will need to bring a packed lunch and a passport photograph for your certificate.