Boat Training Courses
Alvechurch can offer in conjunction with Tillerfolk training an intensive
one-day course or a residential two-day course, both of which are
based on practical learning aboard
one of our quality hire boats.
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Why do I need
a RYA Inland waterways training Course?
It is true the basic skills of canal-boating are very quickly learned
- the first timer can set off confident that our handover team
have given them all the help and instruction they will need to have
a truly enjoyable holiday. But there are those, perhaps with a duty
of care to their crew, who will feel more comfortable and confident
in the knowledge that they have studied for the inland waterways certificate.
Equally the course is suited to those experienced boaters who would
like to obtain the internationally recognised qualification from the
Royal Yachting Association. For those whose aim is to cruise on the
continental waterways this course forms the practical element of the
international certificate of competence. Successful completion of
a written test on the "CEVNI" regulations allows application
for this document. Further details are available on request.
About the course
The skills of the working boatmen may have taken a life-time to acquire
but our practical courses will teach you many tricks of the trade
in just one or two days. The Royal Yachting Association's Inland Waterways
Helmsmen's Certificate covers all aspects of canal and river navigation
including boat handling, the passage of locks and tunnels as well
as general safety afloat.
Instruction begins at 10am when you meet up at Alvechurch with your
Tillerfolk training instructor Bob Strachan. There is a maximum
of 3 people per course so you can be sure of individual attention.
Tuition and assessment will normally be completed by 5.00pm
The two day course will offer the opportunity to spend a night aboard
the boat. The course fee includes accommodation (based on sharing
twin cabins) and light refreshments, but not main meals. These will
be taken at canal-side hostelries.
Your instructor Bob Strachan was born on the "Stourbridge Sixteen"
and has over 60 years of canal experience. Holder of the RYA instructor's
certificate, A Boatmasters Licence and International Certificate of
Competence, he is both qualified and happy to be able to pass on his
skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
What will it
A one day intensive course will cost £95
A two day residential course will cost £180 based on sharing a twin
(If single occupancy is preferred we will make a supplementary charge
How to book
To enrol on one of our courses, first telephone our booking office
0330 3330595 for the latest information on course dates
We will then make a provisional reservation over the telephone. You
should then let us have a completed booking form and deposit within
7 days (£30 for the one day course and £50 for the residential course).
We will confirm your reservation within 14 days. The final balance
should be paid 8 weeks before the course date.
Once we receive your booking a contract exists and you will be liable
for the course fees even if you are unable to attend. We recommend
you take advantage of our cancellation protection plan (full details
are contained within our current Waterway holiday brochure), which
for a fee of £6 or £9 paid at the time of making the booking, we will
give in certain circumstances, protection against this liability.
These are set out in the "conditions of hire" in the current
Uk Boat Hire brochure with the following additions:
training vessel may depart at 10:00am. Arrivals after this time may
be unable to join the vessel. The student shall have no claim on the
company by reason of such.
2. A damage waiver is not required. Students should note the
limits of our insurance and take appropriate action.
3. The company reserves the right to restrict or vary the location
of cruising if unusual or hazardous conditions prevail or because
of water shortage and the student shall have no claim on the company
and in particular no right of cancellation by reason of any such restriction
or delay. If through circumstances not under the control of the Company
(e.g. damage, mechanical breakdown etc.) the boat or a suitable alternative
is not available the Company will refund monies paid in full and the
hirer shall have no further claim on the company.
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