Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
These licences are exclusively for boats owned and operated by the statutory Emergency Services or voluntary organisations nominated by them to carry out emergency rescue procedures.
Safety Boats associated with waterway maintenance or construction works should apply for a Maintenance Workboat Licence.
Safety Boats used to supervise or monitor club activities should be licensed as club boats.
Boats used for animal welfare purposes are not eligible for this licence. They should apply for a Roving Traders Licence.
The boat will need to be removed from the waterway when not in use or have a [permanent mooring] where it can be kept. We offer no concessions on mooring fees.
You must ensure that everyone using your Safety Boat is appropriately trained and qualified. As a minimum all skippers must hold a Boat Masters Licence (BML) or equivalent.
Please provide us with an Operating proposal of what you intend to do so that we can assess your proposals. We may ask you to restrict training at above the local speed limit to certain areas or times of the year to prevent damage to nesting birds, waders and feeding grounds.
You will need a commercial insurance policy that provides cover to a value of £2m for damage or injury caused by you, your boats or your staff.
Boat Safety Scheme Certificate
You will need a Boat Safety Scheme certificate. If your boat has only an outboard motor, please provide a Boat Safety Scheme Exemption Declaration instead.
Other regulations may apply to your business. Please read our General Guidance section and make your own independent enquiries to ensure that you understand and comply with all the regulations relevant to your proposed operation.
A copy of the Regulations checklist for each sector can be downloaded here.
A safety boat will require a business licence. There is no charge for this licence.
When the Business Boating Manager has confirmed that your Operating Proposal is acceptable, he/she will forward you a licence application form with the details completed for you to review and return.
Please submit an Operating Proposal if you wish to proceed. Upon receipt of your proposal, we will write and confirm receipt and aim to give you an in principle decision within 6 weeks. Please note that you may need to obtain planning permission and negotiate agreements for using our property which could take much longer to finalise.
Do not commit financially to your proposed business before receiving our ‘in principle’ approval.
Last date edited: 19 October 2015