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RYA Inland Waters Helmsman Certificate training courses as part of a short break

We have an option for Families or groups of friends wanting to combine a short holiday break with a training course, (See our training page) to hire one of the holiday boats from JD Boat Services, part of the ABC Leisure Group so you can train on the first two days of your holiday. Up to three candidates can undertake their Helmsman license, depending upon the boat you book there is accommodation for up to eight passengers!

Each of the boats is a different specification; length, berths, layout, etcetera and the pricing structure is quite complicated. As an example, 'Upland Goose' is 69 feet long, sleeps eight and mid November, Friday to Monday the cost would be £600.00 VAT inclusive (plus fuel) with your Birmingham & Midland Marine 25% Discount. For availability and rates of the hire boats, check with the boatyard first then get back to us with your chosen dates.

JD Boat Services Gailey Ltd (same location as Gailey Wharf Training Centre)

Telephone: 01902 791811

Fax: 01902 791446

The Wharf, Watling Street

Gailey, Staffordshire. ST19 5PR


A Royal Yachting Association ‘Inland Waterways Helmsman’s Course’, combined with an up market narrowboat holiday will be a thoroughly enjoyable experience and after the course you will feel confident out on the waterways, enjoying your holiday.

The pace of life on the canals and the river is nice and easy and we try to reflect this in our instruction style. If you would like something showing to you again then ask! If you are not sure of something, then again, just ask!

We are really happy that you have decided to consider instruction and not going in ‘head first’, unprepared for what you may experience afloat, so make the most of your time with us. Glad you are reading this!

Visit our training page for course details and the syllabus.