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

We hope to re-start courses in May or June 2021, please email to register your interest

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. The minimum age to take this course is 12 years old.

  • Minimum Duration: 2 days (does not have to be concurrent dates)
  • 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

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

Canal Boat Experience

Re-Union are offering a 2 hour canal boat experience suitable for those who are new to canal boating or who would like to brush up on their skills.  This can take place in either Falkirk on the Forth & Clyde Canal aboard Jaggy Thistle or in Edinburgh on the Union Canal aboard Lochrin Belle.  Book a two hour session and receive hands on familiarisation training from a qualified skipper.

Contact us at to book.