Bob started Tillerfolk School Of Boating 18 years ago after a career in Adult Education . Born next to lock 14 on the Stourbridge "Sixteen" in the 1940s he has had a lifetimes interest in canals , narrow boats and the people who live and work with them .
He has been involved with many TV programmes about boating and mentioned in newspapers as diverse as The Times and Towpath Talk . However , his favourite saying is "Beware of people who say they know all about narrow boating .... I learn something new every time I go out on canal or river ...." Recently he has been filming for a safety DVD used by many hire fleet companies
He has known Tom Keeling for many years and watched him develop from an enthusiastic Saturday boy at the boatyard to a highly qualified Marine Surveyor , Expert Legal Witness , and RYA Powerboat and Inland Waters Instructor .
Tom also runs a rescue station for the Severn Area Rescue Association so has first hand experience of helping boaters in difficulty after they have underestimated river conditions
Both have relaxed teaching styles . . encouraging , and reassuring all clients at every stage of the RYA curriculum
Tillerfolk is subject to an Annual Inspection by the RYA , and has always passed with flying colours