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Welcome

Royal Yachting Association

Inland Waterways Helmsman Courses

Whether new to boating or experienced, boat handlers have a duty to ensure the safety of their crew and craft. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate (IWHC) will give that confidence and make any holiday whether on your own or a hired boat much more pleasurable. The certificate is also the first step for the experienced boater to achieve the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), an essential requirement for people wishing to boat on European waterways.

Is a qualification necessary?

Many narrowboat hire companies will allow you to take one of their boats without any formal training or qualifications. Others however, will refuse to let you take a boat without either having a qualification or at the very least a day of training as the first day of your holiday Whilst it is deemed OK by some to allow novice boaters out on the canal with very limited knowledge, it is common sense that you should be able to keep everybody safe and should be obvious that you will get much more enjoyment from your time on the water if you know what you are doing!
© Rock the Lock
Rock the Lock

Welcome

Royal Yachting Association

Inland Waterways Helmsman Courses

Whether new to boating or experienced, boat handlers have a duty to ensure the safety of their crew and craft. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate (IWHC) will give that confidence and make any holiday whether on your own or a hired boat much more pleasurable. The certificate is also the first step for the experienced boater to achieve the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), an essential requirement for people wishing to boat on European waterways.

Is a qualification necessary?

Many narrowboat hire companies will allow you to take one of their boats without any formal training or qualifications. Others however, will refuse to let you take a boat without either having a qualification or at the very least a day of training as the first day of your holiday Whilst it is deemed OK by some to allow novice boaters out on the canal with very limited knowledge, it is common sense that you should be able to keep everybody safe and should be obvious that you will get much more enjoyment from your time on the water if you know what you are doing!