RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course

On this 2 day course starting from our base in Bathampton you will spend the day handling the boat, negotiating the locks and swing bridges, practising how to turn the boat round and learning all of the skills in the Royal Yachting Association's Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate syllabus.

During the day we will cover the following topics:

Safety Brief and Boat Introduction
Use of mooring warps
Use of pole, boat hook & boarding ladders/plank
Engine checks
Steering and stopping
Use of power and gear controls
Dangers and how to avoid them
Coiling and stowing ropes.
Life-rings and heaving lines
Man over-board procedures
Donning and inflating life-jackets
Use of safety equipment
Hygiene (canal water, Weils disease, etc)
Coming alongside
Use of warps to aid berthing
Leaving the dock
Steering and stopping
Control of speed
Use of springs
Bank effect/boat effect
Prop walk
Knots - round turn & 2 half hitches, bowline, lighterman’s
hitch & clove hitch
Throwing a coiled rope
Winding holes
Swing Bridges
Refloating after grounding
Collision regulations and rule of the road
Local regulations
Canal signage
Care of the boating environment This is an intensive course starting at 09:00 and finishing around 17:30.  Hot and cold drinks are provided. Please bring your own lunch. A copy of the RYA “Inland Waterways Handbook” will be given to you at the end of your course.

No prior experience or qualifications are required.