Cheshire Cat Training Courses
Choose a course that’s right for you!
CHESHIRE CAT NARROWBOAT EXPERIENCE COURSE
This course is for: complete beginners, novices or those wishing to gain more confidence, brush up on their boating skills, kick bad habits or as a taster day prior to taking the Certificate course, or going on a narrowboat holiday. This course is run both as mixed groups and Ladies Only days.
What you will learn: water safety, handling a narrowboat on the canal, mooring, ropes and knots, navigating through locks, bridges and tunnels, map reading, canal etiquette, considerate boating.
One day – £105 per person
CHESHIRE CAT LIFE AFLOAT EXPERIENCE COURSE
This course is for: complete beginners and novices, particularly if you are thinking of buying a boat, a share in a boat, or for those wishing to learn narrowboating skills at a more leisurely pace
What you will learn: All the subjects covered in the one day course, plus advice on choosing, buying and owning a boat, living aboard, moorings, licences, basic maintenance and costs.
The course includes an overnight stay on the training boat, with the opportunity to cook aboard.
Two days – £195 per person
INLAND WATERWAYS HELMSMAN COURSE
This course is for: novices or those with little boating experience who need the formal Certification for their work, volunteering role, or insurance requirement.
What you will learn: water safety, boat handling, rope work, basic engine checks, man overboard procedures, collision avoidance. The first day covers the syllabus as laid down in the RYA Inland Waterways Handbook, followed by a day’s assessment of skills attained.
Two days – £240 per person
INLAND WATERWAYS HELMSMAN ASSESSMENT
This course is for: experienced boaters who need the formal Certification for their work, volunteering role, or insurance requirement.
What you will learn: This is an assessment day to ensure that students are proficient in all aspects of the Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate syllabus.
One day – £125 per person
OWN BOAT EXPERIENCE COURSE
This course is for: anyone wanting to do any of the above courses, but on their own boat.
*Please note that Certificate courses can only be run in areas with access to at least one lock within two hours cruising distance.
**Sorry, we do not carry out training on traditional stern boats, as there is insufficient space on the stern for all to stand safely.
***The instructor reserves the right to refuse training on unsuitable vessels.
One or two days – Please phone for prices
OWN BOAT DIESEL ENGINE MAINTENANCE COURSE
This course is for: boat owners wishing to learn to carry out their own basic servicing. Our qualified diesel instructor will come to your boat and supervise you while you learn to service your engine.
What you will learn: anything you want to ask the engineer about your own boat!
Half day – £85 plus materials
*Courses are 8:30am to approx 5pm each day (2 day overnight courses with a stay on the boat can be flexible). Ratio is maximum 3 students to 1 instructor and the course handbook is given to each student. There are no exams.