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Have you have ever wanted to steer a canal boat or improve your technique?

If you have struggled to get started, especially when reversing or turning, you will, indeed, find out exactly why you simply “haven’t learnt to do it - YET”.

This pocket book is packed with detailed information on how to get started or to improve your existing technique. It is the way that Janul delivers her real time tuition and addresses techniques learned over many years of both leisure boating and commercial steering. The author goes the extra mile to drive home the readers understanding of "why" many people struggle to get things right.

If you are a complete beginner, there is basic tuition in the form of "how to" and exercises to get you started. You will find technical information and reasons why sometimes, people do things differently.

For those who have steered for a while and who fancy polishing their skills, there is plenty in there to help improve on those hard to grasp manoeuvres.

With nine pages of hints, tips and exercises on just the dreaded reverse, that, alone, should make you curious....

As owner and principal of Canal Experience Training, JANUL is an experienced RYA Instructor for courses including the RYA Helmsman. Her qualifications also include the MCA Boatmaster, used during many seasons of work on “Jason’s Trip”, in Little Venice, London. After four decades of diverse boating, including coalboats, tugs and other workboats, JANUL’S teaching has an edge of varied technique.

She considers herself fortunate to have had such opportunities.


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Why Choose To Do Your Training With Us?

Canal Experience training is dedicated to ensuring that everyone can enjoy time spent on the Inland Waterways safely. 

Based on the Southern Grand Union, just South of Rickmansworth and north of Harefield (Uxbridge), you can experience the hidden beauty and nature of our

heritage waterways, merely yards from the motorways, railways and towns.

There are many ways to learn to steer a boat and many people who will offer to teach you.

However, our job is to TEACH and we won't simply show you how to move your boat from A to B.

Canal Experience is an RYA Certified Training Centre and our qualified Instructors hold First Aid certificates so that they can treat your safety as a priority.


We will show you how to steer a boat correctly and effectively, to suit what you need, whether it be as a liveaboard, or purely for leisure.

We make each course bespoke to the participants and will focus on core skills, such as turning, mooring and locks.

So, whatever course you choose, you will be given the best advice for your situation.

If you need to build confidence, then we will work on your existing skills, develop what you know and give you that confidence.

If you are worried or scared, we will coax you through your fears so that you feel confident and competant.

If you just need an refresher or assessment, we will do our best to help improve the skills you already have.


We are more than happy to discuss individual requirements and give the best advice we can, to ensure that your tuition provides

the best results for you and also value for your money. We will not recommend more training than you need.


For more information, please call Jan Knox on 07850 856596 or email on