Boat Handling Experience Days 2019

The Pirate Castle will be running our popular Boat Handling Experience Days throughout 2019.

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 - 17.30 on the following dates in 2019 (a minimum of two trainees are required for us to run each course):

    Sunday 7th April / Sunday 19th May / Sunday 9th June / Sunday 14th July / Sunday 15th September / Sunday 13th October / Sunday 10th November

    N.B. Please note that the training days above will take place on our narrowboat, 'Black Pearl'. If you would prefer your training to take place aboard our wide beam, 'Pirate Prince' then please contact us to arrange a bespoke course. We can also offer a bespoke BHED course aboard your own vessel if you prefer (subject to availability and your vessel meeting our requirements) for £390 for a maximum of 2 trainees.

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