All the courses a narrowboater would ever need

NEW NARROWBOATING EXPERIENCE DAYS….IWH certificate not a priority? Then why not join one of our Narrowboating Experience days. Ideal for beginners wanting a taste of narrowboating without the formal syllabus of our other courses. Many dates available not listed our our calendar – ring for details or to make a booking.

The Narrowboat Skills Center offers a complete range of training courses to cover all aspects of owning, maintaining and using your narrowboat. Whether you want to learn how to purchase that ideal boat, gain a helmsmanship or crew qualification, fit out your own boat, keep it well maintained, paint it like a professional or even signwrite and decorate it with Roses and Castles we have the course for you.

All of our courses are held in our own classroom at Debdale Wharf and our instructors are leaders in their fields with many years of both professional and teaching experience. We deliberately keep our class sizes small to ensure that everybody gets the maximum from their time with us.

We have  one and two day helmsman and crew courses available, either on our own dedicated training vessel the Gwendoline May, or if you prefer, on your own boat to make certain that you can use your boat safely and get the maximum enjoyment from your investment.



Courses for Narrowboaters by Narrowboaters

We've recruited some of the best individuals and companies in the business, so you can be sure when you learn with us, you're benefitting from a wealth of real-world narrowboating experience


Our Postal Address and Contact Details

Postal Address

Debdale Wharf Marina, Debdale Lane, Kibworth, Leicestershire LE8 0XA


0116 4422326

Business Hours

Monday-Friday 8.00 am - 6.00 pm Weekend 9.00 am - 4.00 pm


Mornings, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm Afternoons, 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm