Lincolnshire Boat Training Services



The centre runs practical courses for RYA Powerboat Courses Levels One & Two and for the larger cruising craft the Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate (IWHC). Our major course is the IWHC in which we have successfully trained nearly 1000 students. The training waters, all accessible from the Marina, include the Fosdyke Canal, River Witham, Brayford Pool Lincoln and the River Trent. No previous experience is needed before attending any of these courses and all you will need to bring is waterproof clothing and suitable soft soled shoes. Courses can be carried out in one of the centres craft or, if you prefer, in your own boat providing it has all the necessary licence and insurance requirements.

Lincolnshire Boat Training Services is also an RYA approved test centre for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). The ICC is required by some European countries for certain categories of pleasure craft for both coastal and inland waterways use. The test is available for either coastal or inland waters both of which can be completed at our centre. Whilst some training will be given during the day of the test some previous boat handling experience and knowledge of regulations, (pilotage and navigation for the coastal endorsement and CEVNI* regulations for the inland endorsement) are required.

We also run a series of RYA Shorebased courses covering:

- Essential Navigation and Seamanship

- Day Skipper

- RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore

- RYA First Aid

- VHF Radio Short Range Certificate

  1. -Diesel Engines.

  2. -Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR).

  3. -Safe and Fun e-learning course for new Dinghy and Windsurfing instructors.

The majority of these courses are held at Lincoln University. See Shorebased Courses page for details. The Essential Navigation and Seamanship course and CEVNI test may also be taken online via RYA Interactive. The PPR and Safe and Fun courses can only be taken on the RYA Interactive site.


CEVNI* = Code Européen des Voies de la Navigation Intérieure

Please note we can provide a safety boat and qualified coxswain for those working on or close to the water at a daily rate. For further details contact Darren on 07415 269055.

Lincolnshire Boat Training Services is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised Training Centre operating out of the prestigious Burton Waters Marina, Lincoln LN1 2WN, and Farndon Marina, Newark NG24 3SX.

Peter Barnard, MBE


01529 415720

07977 476938


All courses can be booked to meet customer needs