RYA recognized Inland Waterways training courses:

In addition to offering Holiday Hire Boats, Castaway Canal Boats is a Royal Yachting Association recognized training school offering one and two day boat handling courses leading to the

“ Inland Waterways Helmsman's Certificate ” or
“ International Certificate of Competence ”.


To visit our training courses website click here


Holiday Hire Handover Procedures:

You don't have to book a course or be an experienced boater to book a holiday with us:

When you book our boat for a holiday we want you to enjoy yourself in the knowledge that you can handle the boat correctly. To do this it is important that you spend as much time as you need being shown how to use all of the equipment on the boat, how to work the locks and bridges and how to pass other canal users safely.

We have a life time of boating experience in both sailing and motor boats. Alison is a sailing and power boat instructor of many years and a qualified inland waterways instructor. Diana has a lifetime of experience with boats. We are both very aware of how nervous people can be when taking a boat out for the first time.

We will make sure you are able to handle the boat with confidence before you take it over for your holiday period. Typically, the handover will take two to three hours and you will become familiar with the basics to be able to handle the boat safely and the fee for this handover procedure is covered in the holiday hire price.

For complete mastery of the boat and the canal you might consider taking one of our Royal Yachting Association recognized training courses as an addition to your holiday - we offer discounts on our courses for clients booking holiday hire.