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We are booking one to one training or "bubble" courses from the same household. Contact us to book a bespoke day to suit you.

As lockdown eases we hope to resume our normal training courses. If the dates below are not suitable for you please contact us and we may be able to add more dates. Or you can arrange a bespoke course to suit your needs on a date of your choice.

Planned 2 day Helmsman Courses:

5th & 6th June 2021 - FULLY BOOKED

19th & 20th June 2021

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Why choose us?

For your safety, we will be "fogging" our training boats after each course, so that the facilities offered are as safe as we can make them.

Canal Experience has been around for a long time - 20 years - and we are an established and respected training body.

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 a generic way to move your boat from A to B.

We can tailor courses to individual needs and specialise in confidence building by improving your skills from any level. This is not a quick fix or "crash course", but is a structured training plan which also results in an enjoyable and safe experience on the water.

We also have specialised expertise in commercial training due to the varied experience of our instructors.

Our Principal, JANUL, is a recognised author on the subject of her craft and she has worked closely with the RYA in 2021 to try and bring people to the Inland Waterways to experience the magic of our Liquid highway.

We are based on the Southern Grand Union and 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.

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

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.




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

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Signed copies, £10 inc UK p&p (Paypal and Card)

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....

Book Only (no course Invitation)

Signed copies, £10 inc UK p&p (Paypal and Card)

International - please email for cost or use Amazon

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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)

International - please email for cost or use Amazon

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For more information, please call Jan Knox (JANUL) on 07850 846495 or email on