How to Enjoy Your Local Canal in 2014

Thanks to Boatshed Grand Union for 70ft trip boat image.

Thanks to for 70ft trip boat image.

The recent 2014 London Boatshow saw the launch of National Watersports Month;  a month of coordinated boating activities planned for this coming May, encouraging more people to get afloat.

The British Canoe Union (BCU), British Marine Federation (BMF), British Rowing and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have joined together to encourage the nation to get on the water with a month-long programme of activities. Canoeing, sailing, rowing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, cruising and more will all be on offer from clubs, centres and marinas across England, Scotland and Wales.

Have a go!

The scheduled events include open days, and have-a-go sessions across all range of activities from kayaking through to inland waterways. The hope is to inspire and encourage those looking to take up a new pastime or re-establish a hobby.

Inland Waterways

Our historical canal system has become a valuable leisure resource for day-trippers and holiday makers alike, who enjoy discovering the beauty of the British countryside and the heritage of the waterways network.

The NCBA actively promotes access to the waterways all year round; but National Watersports Month is the perfect excuse to get your local community involved in a water-based activity.

Find a Boat Trip

Our blog provides an introduction to community boating on the inland waterways and offers information on local boat trips and projects, and a variety of training courses.

The type of boat you choose depends on the size of your group, the duration of your trip, (day trip or holiday) and the needs of your fellow passengers. NCBA member organisations pride themselves on providing boating opportunities for some of the more vulnerable or disadvantaged members of society: Although you don’t have to fall into either of these groups to enjoy a trip on a community canal boat! We believe in access for all. Many canal boats come equipped with most modcons such as toilets, showers, and kitchens.

Some projects offer skippered trips with trained crew members, others offer specially adapted holiday boats that are accessible for all and are available for cruises of several days or longer.

Get involved

Whatever your preference there is something for everyone. If you’d like to get out on the water this May find your local community boating project, or perhaps get more involved and train in community boating.

Meet the community boaters in real life: Free event in Walsall in March 2014.

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