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 to assist a helmsman.
Experienced boaters may wish to do the course to improve their skills in certain areas, or may need the certificate for a job or for insurance purposes.
Courses usually last one or two days with prices varying from £100 per person to £400.
IWA Certificate of Boat Management (COBM)
Many small passenger boats (defined as having a maximum of 12 passengers) are operated by volunteers as fundraising enterprises for waterway charities and restoration groups, or to promote their waterways. IWA’s Certificate of Boat Management provides accreditation and certification for people managing and steering small passenger boats through a structured training and assessment scheme.
- Approved and endorsed by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency
- Designed to ensure passenger and crew safety within an identified area of operation
- Training & assessment process is appropriate for operating small passenger boats carrying a maximum of 12 passengers
- IWA trainers are available to train or provide guidance
Download the IWA Certificate of Boat Management (pdf)
You will also need to produce a bespoke Trip Boat Operations Guide. This guide should include operational best practice, an emergency procedures plan and passenger information commentary.
Download an exemplar Trip Boat Operations Guide (pdf)