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 Baldwin Trust
The Baldwin Trust is a charitable organisation staffed by volunteers who offer waterway outings on the River Soar, Leicestershire, for community or family groups. Wheelchair and limited mobility accessible with ramps, lifts and spacious cabins.

Truman Enterprise Narrowboat Trust
Our Aims & Objectives. To provide affordable day trips on the canals for community groups and families with members who are elderly, disabled, unwell or disadvantaged. To give an opportunity for people who are mostly from urban areas to experience the countryside and inland waterways. To provide accredited crew training courses for trust volunteers,groups of young people,group leaders and members of the public. To provide volunteering opportunities for people from all walks of life.

Blackwater Community Barge
Our organisation aims to provide a purpose built wide beam canal boat built to suit the specific needs of user groups. The boat will operate on the 12 mile stretch of the River Blackwater bordering counties Tyrone and Armagh.

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

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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    NCBA 2020 AGM – 12th December at 10:00am

    NCBA 2020 AGM – 12th December at 10:00am

    For the 2020 AGM it had been planned to hold the AGM at Pirate Castle in London. Due to the Covid19 restrictions this was not possible, instead the meeting was held online using Microsoft Teams on the 12th December 2020. The meeting started at 1pm...

    NCBA 2019 AGM – 16th November at 10:00am

    NCBA 2019 AGM – 16th November at 10:00am

    This year the NCBA AGM will take place at Braunston Memorial Hall, The Green, Braunston, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 7HW on the 16th November 2019 starting at 10:00 am. Please email members@national-cba.co.uk if you are attending. Please...

    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...

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