Birmingham & Midland Marine Services Limited provide narrowboat training and courses. We operate Gailey Wharf Training Centre and Chillington Hall Training Centre, on both the scenic Staffs & Worcester Canal near Stafford and on the Chillington Hall Estate, established 900 years in the same ownership, plus various other open water venues throughout the Midlands and Wales. We are approved training suppliers to the Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency, their main contractors as well as Blue-light, Commercial and Industrial sector personnel; providing a variety of training courses aimed primarily at the commercial sector. Designed for personnel working on or near water, we offer a broad portfolio of specialist inland marine training, specialising in Water Safety & Water Rescue.

Commercial boat courses are available from the relevant National Governing Bodies including, but not limited to:

  • Maritime & CoastGuard Agency
  • Royal Yachting Association

Training programmes are available for Skippers, Coxswains & Crews via the RYA, and MCA schemes including Class ‘V’ Passenger Operations. (PAX)

Bespoke rescue boat training specifically designed for inland open water commercial sector also available – Please request further information about the ‘Inland Waters Rescue Boat Operator’ courses.

Occupational Water Safety & Rescue Training courses delivered at Birmingham & Midland Marine Services on behalf of:

  • Royal Life Saving Society

Our ‘Occupational Water Safety & Rescue’ courses are delivered via the  Royal Life Saving Society DEFRA & CDM Regulations 2015 compliant & HSE endorsed schemes.

‘Water Safety / Rescue Awareness and First Responder programmes are aimed at the commercial sector, including construction, civil engineering, rail, utilities, events, maintenance, environmental; and emergency services (“blue light”), military, expedition and education sectors, where personnel may be working around ‘open water’ and our inland waterways (or being deployed as ‘safety-cover’), where an element of risk from the water has been flagged up on a risk assessment.

On a Leisure basis we can run any of the above courses given sufficient numbers. This may be either on your own boat or as part of a package including boat hire. We offer a variety of options; from joining you on the first day of your holiday afloat, right up to MCA Boat Master or providing club water safety training at our location or yours (Should suitable facilities be in place).

Birmingham Midland Marine Services are not a residential centre, click here to see details of our accommodation special offer.