Why choose the Narrowboat Skills Centre:
Since its formation the Narrowboat Skills Centre has built a great reputation for delivering high quality narrowboating and helmsman courses.
Our friendly, approachable and experienced team, partnered with the ideal location and great facilities make us one of the premier inland waterways training centres in the UK.
At our 2017 review the RYA inspector described the Narrowboat Skills Centre (NBSC) as: “A first class training centre with an excellent training vessel”
Narrowboat Skills Centre - Who do we work with:
At the Narrowboat Skills Centre our typical customers come in a number of guises. No matter what level you are at, we have a course to suit your requirements.
First-time Narrowboaters, New Buyers:
Our Own Dedicated Training Vessel
As well as great advice and guidance on how to aquire the best boat for your needs, at the Narrowboat Skills Centre we offer experience days aboard our dedicated training vessel, Gwendoline May, in order for you to get off to the best possible start when you either buy or hire your own narrowboat.
You've hired a boat or bought your own and want to use it safely:
Courses for all levels of experience
Whether you are worried you may have fallen into bad habits or if being properly qualified is your goal, then our RYA recognised courses should fit the bill.
Choice of Courses
Choose from a two day Inland Waterways Helmsman course or, for more experienced boaters, a one day Assessment course, both held aboard our dedicated training vessel, Gwendoline May or, by request, aboard your own boat.
Debdale Wharf, the perfect learning location
We are easy to find!
We are a great choice of training provider because we offer so much all in one easy to reach location. Easy to reach from all parts of the country, NBSC is fortunate in being able to offer one of the widest ranges of narrowboating experiences to be found in what is a remarkably quiet stretch of canal anywhere in the UK.
Unique Location, Experiential Training
Our helmsman courses typically take in swing bridges, road bridges, an aqueduct, wide locks, a tunnel, winding holes and occasionally the renowned Foxton staircase of narrow locks – just 20 minutes from our home mooring. Few, if any, other training centres can offer such variety in order for you to learn or enhance your boating skills.
Great Classroom Training too!
Choice of Courses, Expert Instructors
As well as on-the-water training, Narrowboat Skills Centre offer especially great shore-based courses in our own dedicated classroom. Our instructors come from a rather wide range of backgrounds and have all been selected for their in-depth subject knowledge. Starting with an expanded RYA recognised Diesel Engine & Boat Maintenance course, we also offer courses on Boat Buying, Fitting-Out, Living Aboard, Canal Cooking (yes really) and not least of course, Phil Speight’s renowned classes on signwriting and Roses & Castles.
Can We Help You?
Finally, if you don’t find the course you are looking for or a day to suit your needs, please do ring us on 0116 442 2326 and we will do all we can to accomodate your requirements.
In my opinion you work very hard for your money from me and I felt it was excellent value.
With only a truly basic idea of how an internal combustion engine works, I gave you very little to work with but I can honestly say I now feel I have a competent knowledge and ability which I am cautiously but keenly looking forward to using.
Thanks also for the offer of follow-up advice if I need it and the copy of course notes which came via David yesterday.