Boat Training

SBC Courses

SBC NBT1 – £50.00
One hour narrow boat taster session maximum 2 people.
SBC NBT2 – £140.00
Bespoke three hour taster / awareness narrow boat session maximum 2 people. Mornings only.

RYA Courses

RYA IWCC – £120.00 per person
RYA accredited one day Inland Waterways Crew Course minimum 2 people.

This is an entry level course and can be run in conjunction with the Inland Waterways Helmsman’s course for mixed ability groups.

This course is ideal for introducing friends or family members to crewing a vessel on the inland waterways, and for giving them an understanding of how they can assist the helm.  

Your instructor will cover all the basics of being a useful crew member, including personal safety; communication on board; throwing a mooring line; some basic boat handling; helping in locking operations; how to be a good look out; what to do in an emergency and looking after the environment.

RYA IWHC – £240.00 per person
RYA Inland waterway Helmsman Course two days, min 2 max 3 people.

Cruising our network of inland waterways makes for a great holiday or way of life. Inland boats range from small cruisers to narrow boats and barges.

This course is for anyone wanting to cruise the UK’s inland waterways or Europe’s extensive network of lakes, rivers and canals. It deals specifically with the requirements of the inland boater, whether they be a narrow boat owner or cruiser enthusiast.

It assumes no prior knowledge and so is ideal for the first timer, yet the more seasoned boater will learn plenty of tricks of the trade and tips to make their boating safer and more enjoyable.

It is a hands-on course with minimal theory and is not only an opportunity to learn new skills but also a fun day out!

This is a two-day course and can be taken either on Somerset Boat Centres boat ‘Somersun’ or on your own boat. 


Cruising the inland waterways is great fun for all ages, and children can participate in all aspects from driving the boat, operating the locks and navigating. The youngest that children can take this course is 12 years old. For further reading Canals and River Trust run a website for children to learn all about the inland waterways of the UK.