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read more about regular NCBA meetings Regular meetings provide a powerful means of ideas sharing, opening up a national network of experience.
read more about what members gain Members gain instant credibility helping to create a bigger profile.
read more about training packages All members are encouraged to take on our nationally recognised training packages.
read more about life jacket All NCBA members get a free copy of the lifejacket.


Regular meetings

Once you are a member you will gain access to a range of services, including membership meetings. At which you can expect to hear reports on current NCBA developments, with guest speakers covering a range of related issues, from funding opportunities to child protection.

Twice a year we bring projects together in the form of regional meetings and hold a national AGM once a year. All meetings have an open, supportive feel, a great chance to share concerns and solve problems.

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Members gain...

The NCBA has established good relationships with other national waterways bodies, such as British Waterways and the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency, and have recently had our training recommended in the MCA Small Passenger Boat Code.

Our boat management courses are also accredited to the Open College Network, helping to provide a clear progression through accredited learning.

The NCBA has a dedicated marketing programme, which builds local, regional and national awareness throughout the year. As part of this, members are brought together through exhibitions and events organised and supported by the NCBA team. We also have a stock of community boating promotional CDs and leaflets, which are available for free to all project members. We can provide a ‘hands on’ approach to improving marketing and promotional efforts at every stage of the process, which in the past has been proved to help community boat projects successfully re-brand themselves.

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Training packages

As a member you will have access to a range of ‘community boat’ related training, which covers all aspects of using the boat, handling the boat and managing groups on board.

This also covers issues to do with running a charitable project, recruiting and working with volunteers.

A full range of courses can be found in the 'Find A Course' page.

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The Lifejacket

The lifejacket is intended to help groups who are thinking about setting up a boat project. It is also aims to be a useful tool for current boat projects looking for advice in the following areas:

  • Marketing
  • Finance including fund raising
  • Managing People
  • Training & Safety
  • Networking

The five booklets come presented in a waterproof plastic box and are aimed at stimulating discussion and debate within the boat projects - management, trustees and volunteers.  It will also be a valuable reference book for volunteers and user groups.


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