39 ST JOHN'S ROAD,
Tel: 01235 764172
email: [email protected]
We offer the following courses:
TASTER DAYS: if you are thinking of hiring a boat for a holiday then one of our Taster Days will help you 'get the hang of things.' A few hours spent on one of our narrowboats with a qualified RYA instructor will enable you to look forward to your holiday with confidence.
THE INLAND WATERS HELMSMAN'S COURSE: [IWHC]: This course has been developed jointly by the Royal Yachting Association and British Waterways to provide the essential practical knowledge and skills for the safe and proficient navigation of our inland waterways. It assumes no prior knowledge of boats but will provide both the first time and experienced boaters with plenty of hints and tips to make their cruising enjoyable and satisfying on canal boats and river cruisers. On successful completion of the course we are authorised to award the Inland Waters Helmsman's Certificate. Holiday hire fleets will often give discounts to holders of this qualification. Also, the IWHC is the first step towards gaining the International Certificate of Competence. This is required if you intend to navigate the inland waterways of Europe. The R.Y.A inland waterways helmsman course is two days. If you are experienced, a one day assesment is acceptible. Courses commence at 9am and finish at 5pm and take place on the Oxford Canal [narrowboats], courses can also be run on your own boat if you prefer and this usually works out a little cheaper.
Please ring us for further details.
BOAT AND DIESEL ENGINE MAINTENANCE COURSE: The aim of this course is to give an awareness of the main systems of a diesel engine so that the boater can take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown and rectify defects which do not require workshop support. No pre-course knowledge is required. The minimum duration of the course is six hours.
Common nautical terms
damage to boats, banks, flora and fauna
AIM OF COURSE
give an awareness of the main systems of a diesel engine so that the boater
can take simple
Principles of the diesel engine
The Four Stroke Cycle:
Naturally aspirated engines
The Fuel System
The Cooling System
The Air Systems
Engine Electrical Systems
Spares and Tool Requirements
Basic spares and tools
Importance of Winterisation and Servicing