RYA Training and Scout Permit Assessments

Royal Yachting Association

Paul is a qualified RYA instructor for several disciplines including Inland Waterways, SRC VHF radio, First Aid, Power Boating and Personal Water Craft.

We are an accredited training centre with the RYA and offer the 

Inland Waterways Helmsmans Certificate (2 Days)

Inland Waterways Crew Certificate (1 Day)

We can also run First Aid Courses - either RYA or HSE accredited.

Our RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Courses are running on the following dates:

2020 Dates now available

28th and 29th March (Sold Out)

30th and 31st March (Sold Out)

14th and 15th April (1 spaces left)

18th and 19th April (1 space left)

22 and 23rd April (Sold Out) 

25 and 26th April (3 spaces left)

29th and 30th April (1 space left)

9th and 10th May (Sold Out)

21st and 22nd May (2 Space left)

1st and 2nd June (3 Spaces left)

6th and 7th June (Sold Out)

20th and 21st June (3 Spaces Left)

25th and 26th June (3 Spaces left)

30th June and 1st July (3 Spaces left)

8th and 9th July (3 Spaces left)

11th and 12th July (3 Spaces left)

We can also setup courses mid week to suit your own dates.

If you would like to book or have any questions - please get in touch.

The ratio on the course is no more than 3 students to 1 instructor. A copy of the Inland waterways handbook and certificate is included in the price. The Course is run from our operating base at Cartbridge Basin, Send, Surrey.

Cruising our network of inland waterways makes for a great holiday or way of life. Inland boats range from small cruisers to narrow boats and barges.

This course is for anyone wanting to cruise the UK's inland waterways or Europe's extensive network of lakes, rivers and canals.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 also a fun day out!

During the Inland Waterways Helmsman course you will learn how to handle a narrowboat, what daily and annual maintenance is required, legislation and rules for using the waterways, insurance and licensing requirements, use of locks and other inland waterways obstacles, turning the boat round, man overboard and much more. Courses can be adjusted to cover your specific needs so if you will be single handing or working as a group - we can cover this.

The course is relaxed and fun, we want you to enjoy your time with us and go away with the confidence to handle a boat safely.


Scout Permit Assessments


Narrow Boating is deemed as an Adventurous Activity by Scouts. In order to take young people on Emsworth you will need a Scout Narrowboat Permit. 

Paul has been appointed as the Greater London South West and Surrey County Narrowboat permit assessor and activity advisor.

We are able to arrange your assessment and training for any district in the UK and send the relevant paperwork to your commissioners.

More information about the permit scheme can be found here on the Scout website