National Community Boats Association

The National Community Boats Association or NCBA is a charity that provides support to Community Boating Organisations. Its does this primarily through training support but also by representing the interests of the member projects with the Canal and River Trust.  The NCBA administers systems to help promote the safe use of the inland waterways.  Its qualifications are recognised by the Canal and River Trust which allows Community Boating organisations to operate boats which carry up to 12 passengers.

A small selection of our member's details are shown below

Worcester - Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society
Based at Alvechurch, Worcs nb Cecilia is a 70’ Community Trip Boat operated by certified crew to carry 12 passengers. A variety of routes are possible, from short local cruises to full day return to B’ham Gas St, or even a 30 lock adventure through the Tardebigge Flight, the longest set of locks in England. Perfect for a team building day out! As an Accredited Training Centre we are able to offer courses from the NCBA curriculum, and welcome enquiries. Contact Ian or Ed at

Huddersfield Canal Society
We completed restoration of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in 2001 and now operate two trip boats that provide a free Shuttle boat service between Marsden and the Standedge Tunnel asking only for donations. Our new all electric e-Shuttle is disability friendly with an integrated wheelchair lift. This photo shows Robbie Cumming on the tiller just after he officially launched it in May 2022.

Vale of Llangollen Canal Boat Trust
The Vale of Llangollen Canal Boat Trust is a registered charity set up in 1983 to raise money to build and operate a narrowboat to run day trips for disabled and disadvantaged groups of all ages. Lady Winifred is our new, specially designed and adapted, narrowboat launched on 30 June 2019. Our fully trained volunteers take out daytrips, 7 days a week, from April to October on the canals around the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (the 'stream in the sky') which is a World Heritage Site.

Accessible Boating Association
A Charity offering opportunities for disabled people or those with access difficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK.

NCBA Training

Training is provided by NCBA projects know as Accredited Training Centres. The ATC has available to it one or more NCBA Trainers who can deliver the NCBA courses. Normally an ATC undertakes all its own training but will often run courses for external people. If you are not attached to a project and require training please contact an ATC in you area. These can be found on the Projects page.

Public Course Information

From time to time details of public training course places are made avaiailable here.

    Latest News



    help us keep your project information up to date.   we can help with logging in troubles outdated admin and more Peter is available for you to book short support session in logging into your profile and updating.   email...

    NCBA 2024 AGM – 20th January at 10:30am

    NCBA 2024 AGM – 20th January at 10:30am

    This year the NCBA AGM will take place at Braunston village Hall, Welton Road ,  Ashby Road ,  The Green, Braunston, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 7HW on the 20th January 2024 starting at 10:30 am. Please email if you...

    NCBA 2018 AGM – 17th November at 10:00am

    NCBA 2018 AGM – 17th November at 10:00am

    This year the NCBA AGM will take place at Portland Basin Museum, 1 Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0QA on the 17th November 2018 starting at 10:00 am. Portland Basin Museum is housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal...