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

The Heulwen Trust
Offering exciting scenic canal boat trips through some of the most beautiful Welsh countryside. Our trips are offered free of charge to disabled or vulnerable adults and children.

Milton Keynes Community Boat
12-passenger fully-electric accessible 54ft narrowboat, built by Colecraft, sucessfully launchedon the Grand Union in Milton Keynes in July 2021. Purpose: to raise awareness and funds to support the work of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust in promoting a Waterway Park to link the Grand Union with the River Great Ouse. It also supports community development, healthy walking and canalscape improvement. The Trust also runs the 50-seater John Bunyan in Bedford.

The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust
The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust exists to Protect, Enhance and Promote the Kennet & Avon Canal. The Trust operates 4 large trip boats, 4 accessible boats for holiday hire, and a narrowboat for youth groups and young adult development projects. In addition, the Trust operates the historic Crofton Steam engines and a number of cafes along the canal.

Monmouthshire Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust
We are a small local charity run by volunteers. Set up in 1984, we are dedicated to the protection, improvement, and restoration of the canal for the benefit of the local community. We partner to undertake on-the-ground restoration and run the Fourteen Locks Canal Center at Newport. Our “not-for-profit” Community Boats operation is based at Goytre Wharf, with any income over-and-above operating costs reinvested into the education, restoration, improvement, and promotion of the canal.

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.

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