RYA Helmsman Course
There is no prior knowledge needed for the course, which is great for beginners who want to prepare for a boating holiday or assist a helmsman.
Experienced boaters may want to do the course to improve their skills in certain areas, or need the certificate for a job or insurance.
Courses usually last one or two days with prices varying from £100 per person to £400.
Find a local training centre providing the RYA Helmsman Course.
IWA Boat Management Certificate
The majority of small passenger boats are operated by volunteers as fundraising enterprises for charities and trusts or to promote their waterway. The scheme is not designed to apply to scheduled Public Transport Service operations.
The Certificate of Boat Management scheme:
- Provides accreditation and certification of people managing and steering small passenger boats through a structured training & assessment system;
- Makes sure training and assessment is appropriate for operating small passenger boats carrying a maximum of 12 passengers on narrow, shallow and low risk waterways (Maritime & Coastguard Agency Category A);
- Allows for those already currently steering small passenger boats to evidence competency through long term knowledge & performance of the role. A Royal Yachting Association or National Community Boats Association approved and qualified trainer will assess people claiming established competency;
- Is designed to ensure passenger and crew safety within the identified area of operation.