Terry Robertson, 38 Waterside Court, Gnosall, Stafford, Staffordshire ST20 0AR

TRAINING COURSES

    COURSES AVAILABLE
  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).

    WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER AN RYA TRAINING COURSE?

    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.

 

    ABOUT THE COURSES
ONE DAY
Assessment for the experienced boater
This is a one-day assessment for the experienced boater, allowing them to demonstrate their competence and knowledge of all aspects of inland waterways canal and river navigation. On successful completion leading to the IWHC being awarded.
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.
TWO DAY
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.
THREE DAY
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).

    WHAT DOES THE IWHC COVER?

  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.

    THINKING OF EUROPE?
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.

    THE INSTRUCTOR
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 £95.00 per person per day, 2 day £175.00 and 3 day £235.00 per person, plus travel to your own boat. A light breakfast and lunch is provided as well as hot and cold drinks throughout the day. Elderley and aches & pains welcome!

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