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 allow 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

Sovini - Pride of Sefton
'Pride 2' is 60ft long and 12ft wide, with a fully heated, open plan design incorporating movable furniture for 'board room' of 'cafe-style' layout. It is ideal for a family get-together, social activities, private/business meetings, interviews, staff training, etc. There is a fully fitted galley kitchen consisting of a four-ringed cooker, fridge, two microwave ovens.

The Pirate Castle
The Pirate Castle has been providing water based activities for youth and community groups since 1966 from our base on the Regent's Canal. Activities include canal boating with Black Pearl and our wheelchair accesible Pirate Prince. We also provide outdoor activities with canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding with holiday schemes taking place during the school holidays. We also have halls available for hire for regular and one -off bookings

The Heulwen Trust
Offering exciting scenic canal boat trips through some of the most beautiful Welsh countryside.

Thames and Kennet Narrow Boat Trust
Falcon Adam is a 70' youth narrowboat based at Aldermaston on the Kennet and Avon canal. ring 07798 911978 for bookings

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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