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RYA Courses, Afloat Courses, Shore Based Courses, and Narrowboat Experience Days in Shepperton and Nearby Areas

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Based in Shepperton, Thames Boat Training is an RYA approved training center and specializes in Tidal Thames Training between Kingston and London and inland waterways training on the non tidal Thames between Kingston and Windsor and the River Wey. Thames Boat Training offers exclusive Narrowboat Experience days for up to 10 people between Kingston and Windsor which are an ideal way to enjoy a sunny day on the river celebrating that special occasion. They also offer a bespoke service based on your training requirement.

Thames Boat Training offers four main services - Afloat Courses, Shore Based Courses, Boat Hire, and Experience Days. Afloat courses focuses on practical boat handling skills as well as theoretical knowledge. They offer a number of courses ashore in classrooms in Shepperton, Walton, Sunbury, Kingston, Richmond or Twickenham. The narrowboat Wee Dram is available for both short and long narrowboat holidays. The Narrowboat Experience days are designed to give you a taste of life on a narrowboat and are ideal for anyone considering hiring or buying a boat or for those who just want to enjoy a leisurely day out.

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Training Programs


Afloat Courses

  • RYA Inland Waterways Crew and Helm (2 days): The course covers all aspects of personal safety, helmsmanship and boat handling.
  • RYA Powerboating Level 1 and 2 (2 days): Teaches how to handle your boat whether that's for work, river or sea cruising in the UK or abroad.
  • Tidal Thames Training (1 day): On completing this course you will have the confidence to undertake passage planning along tidal rivers.
  • International Certificate of Competence: The ICC (International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft) is a certificate which is intended to provide evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries.

Shore Based Courses

  • RYA (MCA) Marine VHF
  • Day Skipper Theory
  • Yachmaster Shorebased
  • Yachtmaster Ocean
  • Radar Course
  • Diesel Engine
  • RYA First Aid Course
  • First Aid at Work
  • Emergency First Aid at Work

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