Telephone: 07974 564430

Welcome to Derbyshire Canal Boat Tuition

Derbyshire Canal Boat Tuition is a friendly family run business operating between the 18th century historic Port of Shardlow, Swarkestone Lock and Willington, Derbyshire, that is fully qualified and insured to run the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) inland waterways Helmsman and Crew courses. The RYA is the recognised governing body for the boating leisure industry and a leading representative for the Inland waterways.

Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

Your instructor Paul has spent over 50 years at sea, rivers and inland waterways and is a retired harbour and river pilot that holds a MCA Master unlimited certificate, but most importantly for you, holds the RYA Inland Waterways Instructor Certificate.

As our canal boat CORNERSTONE is a RYA Recognised Training Centre, we’ll be using the RYA instruction and teaching methods throughout the course to make it fun and enjoyable whilst we cover the syllabus.

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Please note: Applicants must have the physical agility and strength requirements needed to walk around locks and across the lock gates, open several lock gates and operate the lock winding gear.

Why Use DCB Tuition?

DCB Tuition

We're a small family run business with training professionally yet calmly delivered to you, at a speed suited to your individual level of experience.

Instructor

Paul spent his whole career in the marine industry becoming a Sea Captain and a Harbour Pilot while also enjoying the calmer side of the canal system.

CORNERSTONE

Our canal boat CORNERSTONE, is also our training centre thus reducing our overheads so we can keep our prices competitive.

RYA

Permits us to have a maximum of 3 students but here at DCBT, if requested we can do a couples booking at no extra charge. We prefer a maximum of 2 as we would rather give you that bit more time at the helm, however if requested a group booking of 3 can be arranged.

Consultancy

Apart from teaching you we can also assist you with on site advice on the different canal boat styles before you decide to rent or purchase. The difference between learning to drive a narrowboat, a wide beam, and a cruiser to ensure it suits your training needs.

Gift Vouchers

Our courses make ideal gifts and upon request we can personalise a Gift Voucher especially for your loved one.

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We’re here for all beginners, intermediates, experienced and even old Dinosaurs!

Stay safe and keep chugging, and may the locks be in your favour!

DCBT would love to hear from you ...

If you have any questions about our canal boat courses or would just like to discuss your canal boat requirements with us we'd love to hear from you. Please use the button below for details on how to get in touch.

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Telephone: 07974 564430


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DCB Tuition is a friendly, family run narrowboat company operating within Derbyshire between Shardlow, Swarkestone Lock and Willington.

We are fully qualified and insured to run the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) inland waterways Helmsman and Crew courses. The RYA is the recognised governing body for the boating leisure industry and a leading representative for the inland waterways.

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