The RYA Inland Waterways Crew course is aimed at the novice wishing to learn more about how to be a useful and competent crew on board a motor boat cruising the inland waterways. It is suitable for those with little or no previous experience of the semi-displacement and displacement craft typically used on our rivers and canals. All aspects of crewing including safety, deckwork, lock operations, ropework, dealing with emergencies, basic boat handling and care of the environment are covered. The RYA Inland Waterways Crew course is suitable for those on board motor cruisers, narrowboats, widebeams or barges cruising the network of inland waterways both in the UK and abroad. Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School are one of the few RYA schools able to give you a choice of craft on which to enjoy this course. We have a 22ft motor cruiser, 36ft narrowboat, 60ft widebeam or a 17m Dutch barge for you to choose from! The practical course may be taken, by arrangement, at a mutually convenient time either using one of the School's craft at our centre at Bisham near Marlow in Buckinghamshire. Alternatively one of our instructors can travel to your venue or mooring and you may undertake the course on your own boat.
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RYA Inland Waterways Crew courses can be arranged on a one to one basis or with your friends or family on board. This is an ideal course for those taking their first holiday afloat on inland waterways in hired craft, or those thinking of purchasing their own boat or taking a few weeks 'boat-share'. It can be run alongside the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman course too, so if you wanted to take the Inland Waterways Crew course whilst your skipper took the Inland Waterways Helmsman course this could be done.
The Inland Waterways Crew course usually involves one or two days training with continuous assessment, with the emphasis on safety and enjoyment. For more information on any of our courses or to discuss dates and availability give us a call on 01628 474960 or email us.