WILDCAT ENTERPRISES is a small family run company established over 20 years for instruction in Inland Watercraft Handling, and engine / boat maintenance. It is a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Centre. Our operating base is on the South Oxford Canal 10 miles North of Banbury. We give instruction on peoples own boat anywhere in the U.K. if required, on both canals and rivers. We prefer individual or a maximum of two trainees per course. This ensures that training is given personally with far more hands on experience than if there were more trainees on a course. Our instructors have many years of experience in all types of craft.
Courses are run throughout the year with dates that are mutually agreeable, the only exception is Christmas!
The cost includes the relevant books and certificates, food and drink, if required. Courses of more than one day the trainees may stay on the boat. If they want to stay on the boat the night before or after a course there will be an additional charge.
Courses are run on fully equipped 57 foot long cruiser stern narrowboat .
With the exception of the family taster days, we never take more than 2 people per course. All our prices are inclusive of VAT. Prices include drinks, the RYA course handbook and the RYA certificate. Courses commence at 0900hrs and finish between 1600-1700hrs. For those wishing to arrive the evening before the course to stay overnight on the boat there is an additional charge of £20 per head. All bedding is provided on the boat.
Courses can be held on your own boat anywhere in the country as long as traveling expenses from Oxford are added to the course.
This course was developed jointly by the R.Y.A. and British Waterways (now Canal and Rivers Trust) 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. On successful completion of the course you will awarded the Inlands Waterways Helmsman’s Certificate.
This is comprehensive course includes narrow and wide locks and a long tunnel, and at the end trainees should be very competent to handle all situations on the Inland Waterways as well as having an interesting trip.
This is for trainees who have plenty of experience and just want to be tested to be able to gain the Inlands Waterways Helmsman’s Certificate.
These can be undertaken at the same time while an Inlands Waterways course is in progress. It is aimed at complete novices, including youngsters, from 8 years old, who wish to be useful and competent crew on inland waterways craft. All aspects of crewing are covered including basic boat handling, lock work and dealing with emergencies.
This can be a day out on a boat or include tuition in handling a canal boat. It can be taken as the initial stage in obtaining the Inlands Waterways Helmsman’s Certificate.
This can be a day out for the family on a boat or include tuition if wanted in handling a canal boat. It can be taken as the initial stage in obtaining the Inlands Waterways Helmsman’s Certificate.
This covers the basic course of the R.Y.A. Diesel Engine Course plus basic maintenance of all the other items on a boat. It can be altered to what a trainee desires and having the training on your own boat has been found to be very popular.
Note this has been found to be helpful to people with a new boat, new to boating and before using a used boat. This often turns out to be a commissioning cruise
This is a part that is required if you wish to obtain The International Certificate of Competence Inland that is now required by many countries to use a boat in their country. The R.Y.A. Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate is a possible adjunctive to the CEVNI to gain this. Please contact us for more information if required.
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The Boathouse, 39 St. John’s Road, Grove OX12 7NP