Boat training and hire


Boat handling courses are available, please contact centre to find out more about our current provision.

We run courses either during the week over a six or seven week period or alternatively, if there is enough demand we can run courses at a weekend.  Please contact the centre for the next available course.

An intense weekend training package enables you to complete the CCC in two full days. This course costs £200 per person and includes all the training materials tuition and a certificate on successful completion.

As Rotherham’s only accredited Narrowboat training provider, Swinton Lock activity Centre offers the chance to take control and be safe on the waterways. We offer a range of qualifications that include the CCC (Competent Crew Course), the BHC (Boat Handling Course) and CCBM (Certificate in Community Boat Management) as well as AQA certificates.

The CCC course involves learning how to operate and handle a 60ft narrowboat, how to steer a boat, turning the boat around, mooring, ropes and knot techniques, rescue drills, lock management, and much more.

Don’t forget to bring a camera and binoculars. You will be surprised by the wildlife living on your doorstep.

Boat Hire

Suitable for private parties and corporate hospitality our boat trips always provide a great experience. Trips cost £37 per hour for up to 12 people,  boat trips can last from one to six hours, depending on the route you choose.

Spirit is our wheelchair friendly accessible boat, which provides the opportunity to offer trips to people of all abilities.

Children through to the elderly thoroughly enjoy the experience of taking control of the boat, learning to navigate the lock systems or just sitting back and relaxing to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife long the way.

Our crew are friendly, experienced and happy to help you make the most of your trip on our boats.

They are all fully qualified and all hold a current CCBM and CCC certificates. Our crews have unrivalled knowledge of the local waterways and ensure that you have a safe and interesting journey.

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As a community charity we are funded by, and work with a number of organisations including Children in Need & the National Lottery.

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