We run a variety of courses at Tillerfolk , from our own relaxed learning experience to formally assessed one or two day Royal Yachting Association Inland Waters Helmsman certificated ones. We also offer RYA competent crew training and own boat tuition for any of our courses.

Tillerfolk One Day Course

This course includes canal and river cruising and also locks.

(Max 4 Students)

RYA IWHC One Day Assessment

This is the license assessment for the Inland Waterways Helmsman Course which is for experienced boaters only.

(Max 3 Students)

RYA IWHC Two Day Course

The Inland Waterways Residential Helmsman Course for inexperienced / novice boaters and includes tuition and license assessment on board an ABC Boat Hire Luxury Narrowboat

(Max 3 Students)


The RYA CCC is for family and friends wanting to play their part in safely assisting the steerer to moor up, operate locks, assist with man overboard situations and generally be aware of the many useful things they can do to ensure a safe and enjoyable narrow boating journey

(Max 4 Students)

Own Boat Tuition

Any of our courses can be conducted on your own narrow boat . Prices will vary depending on type of course, number of participants and location. Please let us give you a quotation for your specific requirements..

(Max 4 Students on a cruiser or semi-trad stern, Max 2 on a traditional stern)

Course notes and certificates / licenses (if applicable) are included in the course fees, as are tea / coffee, soft drinks & snacks. (Main meals not included)

If you wish to obtain the RYA IWHC licence but do not fulfil the experience criteria for the RYA Assessment day you can attend the Tillerfolk One Day Tuition
(where you will follow the RYA IWHC syllabus , but not be assessed) , and , at a later date , attend an RYA Assessment day to obtain your license.