Boat Handling Experience Days 2017

The Pirate Castle will be running our popular Boat Handling Experience Days throughout 2017.

These non-certificated one day courses provide friendly, hands-on training with our experienced, NCBA-accredited trainers, covering basic canal boat and lock handling skills.

Perfect if you're new to boating, contemplating a boating holiday, or just want to brush up your existing boating skills!

Over the day, the courses will cover the following areas:

  • Boat set up and Engine checks
  • Boat Equipment
  • Rope-work, Knots and Mooring
  • Steering and 'Rules of the Road'
  • Lock Operation
  • General Safety
  • Each course has space for up to 4 trainees, at a cost of £150 per person, running from 09.00 - 17.00 on the following dates in 2017 ( a minimum of two trainees are required for us to run each course):

    Saturday 18th March / Sunday 23rd April / Saturday 13th May / Sunday 11th June / Saturday 15th July / Sunday 24th September / Saturday 14th October

    N.B. Please note that the training days on the 18th March and 14th October will take place aboard our wide beam boat, Pirate Prince

    If you would like to join one of our courses, please contact us at or or call us on 0207 267 6605.