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It is with hope that we intend to start some of our training from mid April.
We are starting slowly, so that our instructors who are working are vaccinated and we will be "fogging" our training boats after each days training so that the facilities offered are as safe as we can make them.
If all goes to plan, we will be offering one to one training or "bubble" trips for members of families/support bubbles from mid April.
We will be looking to open fully by July, if possible.

Canal Experience Training is dedicated to ensuring that we enjoy safe boating on the Inland Waterways.
Based on the Southern Grand Union, you will experience hidden beauty and nature on our heritage waterways, just metres from the motorways, railways and towns.

Our narrowboats are based at Hillingdon, south of Rickmansworth and north of Uxbridge. We are within easy diistance of the M25 & M40 motorways & London Transport links.

It may be possible on 2 day courses to stay overnight on the boat. By prior arrangement only.

We also have limited use of widebeam craft, based near both Apsley & Kings Langley stations & very close to the M25 & M1.




In preparation of your real time training, you can explore these alternatives so that you are ready for your course.

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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....

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Signed copies + "Invitation to book", £15 inc UK p&p (Secure Paypal and Card)

The Perfect "No Risk" Gift Solution for 2021

If you are thinking of surprising someone with a gift voucher for a boat handling course, but are worried about cancellation and loss of course fees because of COVID, we are offering "Priority Invitations" as a "Gift Promise" to accompany the book, written by our Principal Instructor, JANUL.

The cost of the invitation, plus the signed book is £15 incl. p&p (UK)

The course can be booked on a date to suit and invoiced to the person who wishes to give the training "gift".

In the current absence of real time training, this low-cost package is an excellent way to start, giving an insight into canal boat steering but also the actual "present-promise" of a course.

Signed copies + "Invitation to book", £15 inc UK p&p (Secure Paypal and Card)

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Why Choose To Do Your Training With Us?

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

However, our qualifications and diverse experience mean that 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 (JANUL) on 07850 856596 or email on