Training spaces available – act now!

Reach Out Plus appealA Hertfordshire based community boating project has a couple of spaces available for anyone interested in obtaining their Boatmaster’s licence. Reach Out Plus is a charity working with young people and people with disabilities and particular disadvantage in and around Hemel Hempstead. They run four fully accessible boats available for hire from their boat base in Hemel Hempstead.

They are planning to get some of their volunteer skippers trained as Boatmasters soon. They will be running the course at their boat base in Hemel Hempstead and would like to invite others who are interested in the training to join them.

The training is suitable for anyone with extensive experience of boating, including experience of operating passenger vessels. The Boatmaster qualification allows skippers to operate a boat with 12 passengers or more.  Joining the Reach Out team on this training session would be a lot cheaper than doing this course with a training organisation. This makes it more affordable for community and charity organisations, but the licence is equally valuable to anyone working in commercial boating who wishes to expand their qualifications.

To secure one of the last few available places contact

For anyone wishing to train as a skipper carrying 12 passengers or less the NCBA offers a selection of courses for boaters interested in improving their skills. 


Widebeam for Sale

Reach Out Plus is also currently offering their widebeam canal boat ‘Close Shave’ for sale.

The boat was used primarily for group day trips but does also get used for week- long residential trips. She has 12 berths and is fully accessible with wheelchair ramps and lifts fore and aft. For full details see Boatshop UK.

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