Instructor: Terry Robertson
Operating Base : Ladybird Moorings, Waterside Drive, Market Drayton, TF9 1HU


  1. The Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate (IWHC) for both new and experienced boaters.
  2. Inland Waterways Crew Course (IWCC) 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.
  3. The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for those wishing to boat in Europe.
  4. Tests on European regulations for inland waterways (CEVNI).


    Whether new to boating or experienced over a period of years, everyone has a duty to ensure the safety of their crew and craft. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate (IWHC) will give that confidence and make any holiday whether on your own or a hired boat much more pleasurable. The certificate is also the first step for the experienced boater to achieve the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), an essential requirement for people wishing to boat on European waterways.

The IWHC assumes that students have no previous experience and was developed jointly by the RYA and British Waterways to provide the practical knowledge and skills for the safe and proficient navigation of our inland waterways.
The Student instructor ratio is 3:1 for IWHC a fourth person can be in attendance but will only be able to complete the lesser IWCC (Inland Waterways Crew Course)




Inland Waterways Crew Course
Covers 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.


A two-day course that covers all aspects of inland waterways canal and river navigation, and on successful completion being awarded the IWHC. Accommodation is available on board overnight.


Particularly popular with both novice and experienced boaters. A relaxed course for the IWHC staying on board whereby after successful completion there is plenty of time to practise the skills achieved while enjoying a short break holiday and pleasure of the waterways. Two of the training days to be completed on the training boat and the third day can take place on your own boat if required (additional travelling expenses may be payable).


  1. DECK WORK incorporating rope work, knots and mooring.
  2. HELMSMANSHIP and boat handling including steering, speed control, turning, reversing, berthing and unberthing, refloating after grounding and recovery of man overboard.
  3. PERSONAL SAFETY including risk identification, bouyancy aids, injury avoidance and special risks to children.
  4. BOAT SAFETY including fire hazards, gas safety, use and application of fire extinguishers.
  5. ENGINES basic engine care, routine and periodic checks.
  6. LOCKS operation and lock safety.
  7. BRIDGES AND TUNNELS understanding safety and techniques.
  8. COLLISION AVOIDANCE including rules for steering, defensive boating, bylaws and local regulations.
  9. ENVIRONMENT avoiding damage to other boats, banks, flora and fauna, pollution, canal and river etiquette.

If you are considering entering the inland waterways of Europe you will need the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). To obtain the ICC you will need to produce an RYA Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of a relevant practical course.
CEVNI (European Inland Waterway Regulations)
Whilst often passing through areas of spectacular scenery, many of the European waterways are busy and routes for commercial traffic.
To navigate these routes safely you will need to know CEVNI (European Inland Waterway Regulations) whose rules, signs, symbols and signals are understood and used by skippers of all nations.

    Course Materials
Fee includes for the respective courses RYA handbook and certificates supplied (IWHC requires passport photo for registration with RYA); CEVNI book

A friendly and understanding instructor, Terry not only covers all aspects of the various courses, but includes many other practical boating suggestions from personal experience. Courses are very flexible and adapted to suit individual needs. 2 and 3 day courses can be split accordingly - i.e. day one on our own 58ft training boat, then when your own boat is ready, day 2 on your boat wherever she is moored in the country. Our 3 day course consists of 2 days on our training boat, and the 3rd day on your own boat. The cost is the same either way - 1 day courses are £ 120.00 per person per day, 2 day £ 215.00 and 3 day £ 290.00 per person, plus travel to your own boat. A light breakfast is provided however if you have special dietary requirements then please feel free to bring your own, and please bring your own lunch, hot and cold drinks will be provided throughout the day. Elderly and aches & pains welcome!

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