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Water Ways

Inland Waterways Helmsman's Certificate

Water Ways is a Recognised Training Centre for the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman's Certificate. This also gives sufficient practical experience for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) permitting you to use a powered boat on Continental Inland Waterways.

We use a small (70 foot!) narrow boat operating out of Stourport-on-Severn basin, don't let the length put you off, you'll find it's quite easy to handle. River level and weather permitting, the course is held on both the River Severn and the southern end of the picturesque Staffs & Worcs Canal.

Normally the course lasts one full day, from 08.30 to about 17.30, and will give you the confidence to handle this and any other narrow boat in a river or around tight contours while threading bridge holes. See below for the extended Second Day option.

Dates are set to suit you almost any day throughout the year. Fees are on a sliding scale, from just £120 for one person, £90 for two and down to £75 each for three persons. Scout and Guide discount available.

Should you prefer to use a boat of your own, please see Use of Own Boat.


john@waterways.arachsys.com   Tel: 01299 825783 or 07939 000645