Re-Union is an officially licensed training centre for the Royal Yachting Association conducting Inland Waterways Courses from our base in Falkirk at Lock 16 on the Forth & Clyde Canal

Inland Waterways Helmsman’s Course

Please contact us on 0131 261 8529 or with your preferred dates.

Suitable for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

This course is designed for those wanting to cruise the UK’s and Europe’s network of lakes, rivers and canals. It deals specifically with the requirements of the inland boater, whether they be a narrow boat owner or cruiser enthusiast. It assumes no prior knowledge and so is ideal for the first timer, yet the more seasoned boater will learn plenty of tricks of the trade and tips to make their boating safer and more enjoyable. Most courses take place over a day and can be taken either on our boat or your own. The minimum age to take this course is 12 years old.

  • Minimum Duration: 2 days
  • Minimum Age: 12 (certificates for children aged between 12 and 16 will be endorsed to show that they must use boats only under the supervision of a responsible adult)
  • Course Content: Safety, helmsmanship, locks and tunnels, collision avoidance, an introduction to engine maintenance
  • Ability after the course: Able to helm a vessel safely on inland waterways

£250 per day for up to 2 people

Share the cost, we can take up to 2 people on this course at any one time
This course is usually 2 days however, if only the assessment is required this could be conducted in 1 day

Just want to try driving a canal boat?

Re-Union are offering 1:1 hands on familiarisation training to enable those who are new to canal boating, or would like to brush up on their skills, an opportunity to have a go with the support of a qualified skipper. Book a two hour session

£75 per person

Contact us at to book.