Inland Waterways Instructor


This page is for those wanting to train as Inland Waterways Instructors, who have a wide experience and knowledge on the inland waters of the UK, preferably on a variety of craft. 

Required Certificates

First aid certificate

RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman's certificate


Wide range of experience and knowledge of the inland waters of the UK, preferably on a variety of craft.

Course description

Three day course which may take place on canals or river ways. Generally, a narrowboat, barge or cruiser is used for the course. Assessment is on-going and moderated by a second Trainer on the third day. 


£510 (non-residential)

Upcoming courses 

Venue: Castaway Canal Boats, Bath

Date: 15 March


Venue: Thrupp

Dates: 09 April


Venue: Thrupp

Dates: 11 June


Venue: Castaway Canal Boats, Bath

Dates: 20 September

Register - coming soon

Venue: Thrupp

Dates: 22 October

Register - coming soon

For course dates and prices in Northern Ireland contact Mary Martin on

If the course(s) that you wish to attend is full, please email stating the course you would like to attend, and you will be placed on a waiting list.  We will contact you if/when a space becomes available.

Qualified to teach

RYA Inland Waterways Scheme


Five years from date of issue, provided that a valid first aid certificate is maintained.

RYA membership


Related documents
Instructor revalidation form
Instructor observation form

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