Inland Waterways Instructor

Temporary adjustments to the provision of RYA instructor training due to COVID-19 restrictions

Inland Waterways Instructor courses 

These courses are currently suspended and will be kept under review.

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.
Training course

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. 

Course cost: £460 (non-residential)

Upcoming courses:

The dates for 2020 are shown below and are linked to our online booking form. Please note that we are unable to reserve paces on the course without the online booking form being completed and submitted with a 25% deposit of £115.

03-05 April: Castaway Canal Boats (Bathampton) - POSTPONED

12-14 May: Watercraft (Calcutt) -POSTPONED

19-21 June: Castaway Canal Boats (Bathampton) - POSTPONED

25-27 August: Watercraft (Marlow) - course FULL

09-11 October: Castaway Canal Boats (Bathampton) - course FULL


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

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


Qualified to teach
RYA Inland Waterways Scheme
Valid for five years with current first aid certificate after which you will need to attend a revalidation.
RYA membership
Health declaration You will be asked to sign a health declaration stating that you are not suffering from any physical or mental impairment which has an adverse effect on your ability to properly discharge your duty of care as an instructor. If you are unable to sign the standard declaration, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.