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Boat handling courses

A training course from the RYA will teach you new tricks and help you make the most of your time out on the waterways.

Why not have a go at an RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course? You'll learn how to navigate around our canals and rivers, not to mention have loads of fun in the process and bag yourself a certificate at the end. Suitable for anyone over the age of 12, this course usually takes about two days and you don't even need your own boat.

Family courses

If you're planning on going away as a family then consider taking an Inland Waterways Crew course. While parents can take their Helmsman course, younger members of the family (aged eight and over) don't have to miss out as they can take the Inland Waterways Crew course at the same time. This will encourage family learning and give everyone on board a role to help the helm.

Taking an RYA course will do more than simply make you a safer, happier boater. Once you've got your Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate you'll have access to a range of discounts on boat hire. For more information on available courses visit

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Last Edited: 29 July 2021

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