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

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

Milton Keynes Community Boat
12-passenger fully-electric accessible 54ft narrowboat, being built by Colecraft, due to launch on the Grand Union in Milton Keynes in spring 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. www.bmkwaterway.org It will also support community development, outdoor activity and canalscape improvement. The Trust also runs the 50-seater John Bunyan in Bedford.

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

Skipton and Craven Action for Disability (SCAD)
Boat trips are available Monday to Friday for groups of up to 12 people (including up to 4 people in wheelchairs) for daily trips of around 5 hours duration.

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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