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Narrowboat Steerers Course

23 February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11 March 2018 @ 4:00 pm


Dates: Friday 23 to Sunday 25 February, AND Friday 09 to Sunday 11 March 2018.

Course Fee: £175.

This two-weekend course is for adults and will cover narrowboat steering, operation of locks, basic maintenance and safety requirements, and crew management.

The course on both weekends will start on the Friday evening from Harefield, returning there on the Sunday afternoon.

The course fee will include boat hire and food (assistance with the catering will be required), and Certification.

The boats used will be “Pisces”, “Hillingdon Star, and “Merlin” run by Hillingdon Narrowboats Association – HNA.

The course should enable the candidate to reach the Technical Standard for the Scout Association Water Authorisation for canal boating, with the BHC (the Boat Handling Certificate from the National Community Boat Association, the N-CBA) and sufficient and appropriate experience.

Those who satisfactorily complete the course and gain the BHC will be added to HNA’s Crew List, so be able assist and gain experience with qualified Steerers.

Those who achieve the higher level of the CCBM (accreditation to the Certificate in Community Boat Management from the National Community Boat Association, the N-CBA), will be added to HNA’s Qualified Steerers List, and will be permit to hire their boats without the need for a Qualified Steerer provided by the Association. The cost of the BHC certification is included in the course fee, the CCBM Accreditation would be an additional fee of £25, but is generally recognised by Community Boating Projects across the country.

It is hoped to vary the route each weekend to give the maximum opportunity to familiarise participants with the Grand Union Canal.

Further details will be sent nearer the date but do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, on 01242 862 354, or by email at

Payment: Please send a deposit of £75 with the form to the courses registrar:-

Paddy Langham            9 Laurence Close, Shurdington GL51 4SZ

Cheques should be made payable to “Gloucestershire Scouts”, BACS by arrangement with Paddy Steerers’CourseFlyer18 application form

Paul Huntley County Narrowboat Advisor, GLMW County Badge Team (Glos & GLMW) CCBM Instructor

Training Team, Hillingdon Narrowboats Association


23 February 2018 @ 7:30 pm
11 March 2018 @ 4:00 pm


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