An educational retreat ‘par excellence’
Unique learning experience, worth every penny. Steve and Jo are professional and knowledgeable, yet at the same time delightfully personable… Read more “An educational retreat ‘par excellence’”
Highly recommend 🙂
Steve and Jo are extremely proficient and personable hosts who clearly take great pride in the course they are offering.… Read more “Highly recommend :-)”
Enjoyed the entire 3 days
Training was very good and at just the right pace. Canal beautiful, boat spacious and comfortable. Overall, great fun.
Thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and educating
What a wonderful three days on ‘Somewhere’ – we could have gone ‘anywhere’…but it was a fabulous, professional and luxurious… Read more “Thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and educating”
Everything was first rate
Couldn’t be better
I was made to feel completely at ease
From the moment I was greeted by Steve, Jo, Rosie and Jim I was made to feel completely at ease… Read more “I was made to feel completely at ease”
I thoroughly enjoyed the course
I came away far better equipped to operate a vessel on inland waterways, thank you
Thank you for the wonderful days I spent with you on ‘Somewhere’
The boat was stunning as was your welcome and hospitality. You both were professional and knowledgeable about the training. As… Read more “Thank you for the wonderful days I spent with you on ‘Somewhere’”
All elements of the training were extreme high standards
We are impressed with the high standard that Steve and Jo set for the RYA Helmsman course and to adjust… Read more “All elements of the training were extreme high standards”
The instructions made it fun and memorable
Patience shown / demonstrated was superb. Our opportunity to repeat exercises and manoeuvres was very helpful. Ongoing feedback given with… Read more “The instructions made it fun and memorable“
We spent a delightful two days with Steve and Jo
We learnt so much and enjoyed the whole experience
Steve and Jo are excellent hosts and trainers
They are vey patient with newcomers to boating. The accommodation is very comfortable and Jo’s cooking is excellent. Steve being… Read more “Steve and Jo are excellent hosts and trainers”
…and an idyllic couple of days escaping the rat race on the Garonne. We even managed to get qualified!!!
The course, atmosphere and the boat was excellent!
Very professionally run course, with the right blend of ‘serious’ training and discussion about the reality of living and/or long… Read more “The course, atmosphere and the boat was excellent!”
It exceeded our expectations on all levels
We cannot recommend the Bargecraft course highly enough. The level of professionalism and extremely high standards of both Steve and… Read more “It exceeded our expectations on all levels”
Incredible experience with very patient and competent instructor. Boat was very comfortable for the training and well maintained. Enjoyed the… Read more “Incredible experience”
Even as an experienced boater of 30 years plus, I learned an amazing amount about boating finesse. Steve adapted the… Read more “Fantastic training!”
Everything was perfect
Steve and Jo make you feel very comfortable. Steve makes you relax while you are learning. He is soft spoken… Read more “Everything was perfect”
We highly recommend the Bargecraft Experience with Steve and Jo.
Steve’s excellent instruction has given us the foundation of confidence and competence we needed to begin our own canal barging… Read more “We highly recommend the Bargecraft Experience with Steve and Jo.”
[Steve] is a super patient gentleman
Two days of full instruction with a super patient gentleman. Now I just need to go away and practice! Thank… Read more “[Steve] is a super patient gentleman”
This has been an amazing “boat and breakfast” experience, plus lunches and dinners!
Jo and Steve are the perfect couple for providing a challenging and rewarding three days toward fulfilling the requirements for… Read more “This has been an amazing “boat and breakfast” experience, plus lunches and dinners!”
What a wonderful experience
I feel very confident after Steve’s great training (although I know I have much more to learn by practice), and… Read more “What a wonderful experience”
This course is invaluable! Happy to talk with any potential customers about our wonderful experience. Cheers!
Very informative, friendly and fun
Felt we learned a lot! Lovely lunches. Thank you
Cannot recommend this course more highly for a peaceful luxurious way to learn new tricks and get a feel for canal life
Having bought a 1935 Venetian Vaporetto water-bus and fully renovated it in 4 years, I accidentally found myself in the… Read more “Cannot recommend this course more highly for a peaceful luxurious way to learn new tricks and get a feel for canal life”
I would highly recommend Bargecraft
I took the 3 day class and the extra day was very helpful. I will feel more confident handling my… Read more “I would highly recommend Bargecraft”
I cannot recommend Bargecraft boat school enough. It was an amazing experience!
It was an absolutely incredible learning experience. As a boating novice, I feel that after my Bargecraft lessons I have… Read more “I cannot recommend Bargecraft boat school enough. It was an amazing experience!”
A musical interlude!!
Making a student feel safe and confident that the education will be fun and effective is great encouragement
…Could not have been better hosts or teachers…
Learning to drive a 21m dutch barge could have been stressful, but Steve and Jo have provided a complete program… Read more “…Could not have been better hosts or teachers…”
Two days of glorious bliss in a learning environment
First class tutoring from Steve and lovely catering and social skills from Jo. An incredible experience, both in meeting both… Read more “Two days of glorious bliss in a learning environment”
Steve and Jo are a super team. You will go from freaked out to comfortable in 48 hours. Highly recommend!!… Read more “Great Job!”
This experience exceeded my expectations
I came as a solo student and they didn’t let that hamper the experience. In fact, I feel I got… Read more “This experience exceeded my expectations”
Steve is an excellent instructor…
We were a little nervous about handling a 21m barge weighing 55 tons having only previously spent a week holidaying… Read more “Steve is an excellent instructor…”
Steve is an excellent instructor and Jo is an excellent host
The course content was exactly as described and expected. From the moment of our arrival until our final farewell they… Read more “Steve is an excellent instructor and Jo is an excellent host”
Excellent all round
I am completely satisfied with all aspects of the course with regard to the training. The food was above expectations… Read more “Excellent all round”
Attentive, safe, comfortable environment to learn hands-on
I started out as a ‘land lubbing’ mountain girl with zero boat knowledge I now have the confidence to continue… Read more “Attentive, safe, comfortable environment to learn hands-on”
I’d recommend to first timers
This course was invaluable and we would recommend it to all. We are now feeling confident about cruising the cut!… Read more “I’d recommend to first timers”
Very patient, hospitable and friendly
Enjoyed my time aboard Somewhere even though I was scared to start with. Now I feel confident I could control… Read more “Very patient, hospitable and friendly”
Highly professional and very knowledgeable…
The instruction was highly professional, very knowledgeable, very calm, patient an informative. Steve and Jo made us welcome on their… Read more “Highly professional and very knowledgeable…”
Appreciate the patience with which Steve instructed. Fantastic food from Jo. Puppies a bonus, thank you so much. See you… Read more “Loved it!!”
Everything was first rate
If you are interested in barging with limited experience, I highly recommend this course, using a proper barge with experienced… Read more “Everything was first rate”
Highly recommend the three day course as there is much to learn and experience
The course was a wonderful experience. Steve is an effective and patient instructor. The curriculum is demanding and we were… Read more “Highly recommend the three day course as there is much to learn and experience”
What an amazing adventure!
From the first moment of arrival professionalism in every way. First rate training beyond expectations. Excellent accommodation and food –… Read more “What an amazing adventure!”
Steve and Jo are excellent hosts and instructors.
Plus the boat is beautifully maintained and Jo’s food is excellent. Steve’s instruction positively motivates and the course includes more… Read more “Steve and Jo are excellent hosts and instructors.”
A wonderful experience!
Steve’s instructions were so informative, I felt totally comfortable piloting the boat. Jo’s constant supply of delicious teas, cakes and… Read more “A wonderful experience!”
All in all a very professional course on a beautiful barge.
The course was a great experience. Professionally delivered, covering all aspects of barge life. The accommodation and food were excellent… Read more “All in all a very professional course on a beautiful barge.”
I thoroughly recommend Bargecraft…
… to anyone thinking of buying their first barge. Steve and Jo provide a professional, friendly service – challenging but… Read more “I thoroughly recommend Bargecraft…”
Very enjoyable time…
Driving a 55 ton barge is an accident waiting to happen for the boating novice. The clear, calm instruction provided… Read more “Very enjoyable time…”
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bargecraft as a barge handling school
I took a French EGP assessment in English with Steve & Jo Bridges at Bargecraft and their locally associated (French)… Read more “I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bargecraft as a barge handling school”
Excellent course in a relaxed atmosphere
I was a total novice before attending, but with the tuition it installed confidence and made the learning experience an… Read more “Excellent course in a relaxed atmosphere”
Amazing course highly recommended…
Extremely well run by professional and friendly instructors
…I feel ready to start barging…
At the beginning of the course, I was terrified that I would smash ‘Somewhere’ into pieces. My anxiety was quickly… Read more “…I feel ready to start barging…”
Invaluable training, even after 1,000’s of kilometres under sail…
We have just bought our own Dutch barge and this course has proved invaluable training even after 1,000s of kilometres… Read more “Invaluable training, even after 1,000’s of kilometres under sail…”
A fantastic course for a novice…..
I feel so much better informed and feel more confident in all aspects.
It may be the best there is
If you are serious about cruising on the European inland waterways on your own boat take this course. It may… Read more “It may be the best there is”
I highly recommend this course
A thorough, thoughtful course that imparts skills and confidence by direct experience and quiet, patient guidance. Top notch! Initially, I… Read more “I highly recommend this course”
Best first steps into the barging world
It was the best course I ever took part in. Couldn’t be better! Perfect!
Thank you for a great experience
We were made welcome from the moment we arrived on board. I was unsure sometimes if we were on a… Read more “Thank you for a great experience”
An excellent course with first class facilities
An excellent course with first class facilities. I can thoroughly recommend Steve and Jo. Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Very informative… Read more “An excellent course with first class facilities”
Steve’s patience is incredible…
Steve’s patience is incredible, often when he would have been rattled by my mistakes, he calmly made suggestions for correction.… Read more “Steve’s patience is incredible…”
Everything was perfect
I particularly enjoyed the learning pace. Although there was lots of information, I never felt rushed. The hospitality was relaxed… Read more “Everything was perfect”
Can’t recommend this residential course highly enough…
Friendly, professional and hugely informative. Improved my confidence and knowledge no end. I really enjoyed it. Five stars. Very practical,… Read more “Can’t recommend this residential course highly enough…”
…a memorable week and experience…
Just a small note of thanks for the fantastic days spent aboard and for your hospitality and instruction. I’ve attended… Read more “…a memorable week and experience…”
Extremely enjoyable, though very hard work taking and practicing boating and crossing the locks. Food was great, company excellent. Steve was… Read more “Extremely enjoyable…”
A great learning experience…
I would like to thank you for a wonderful time. It was a great learning experience – as well as… Read more “A great learning experience…”
Don’t change anything…
Don’t change anything else! A superbly run course.
Everything was perfect. Thank you.
Clear and patient instruction…
Very well thought out and delivered. Wonderful food and hospitality, clear and patient instruction. Overall very good work and lovely… Read more “Clear and patient instruction…”
I leave confident and happy…
Nothing to improve – keep up the excellent work. Accommodation and food is excellent. Love the homely atmosphere. I came… Read more “I leave confident and happy…”
A wonderful experience!
A wonderful experience! A very in-depth course that would be beneficial to both the novice and experienced boater. Highly recommended… Read more “A wonderful experience!”
I would have like an extra day!
Everything was superb – particularly the teaching style and onboard experience. If anything, I would have liked an extra day!
It was perfect!
Uniquely professional and enjoyable learning experience
Steve and Jo are the perfect hosts. They created an ideal situation how to learn how to handle a barge… Read more “Uniquely professional and enjoyable learning experience”
All in all, brilliant!
Outstanding course. Instructor Steve very patient and skillful in helping one advance in navigational skills. Jo’s cooking was 5 stars!… Read more “Outstanding course”
… could not have been more helpful…
Steve and Jo Bridges were referred to us by a fellow barge owner. They could not have been more helpful… Read more “… could not have been more helpful…”
Wonderful course/holiday 11/10! The entire two days were fabulous fun, highly instructive and a great experience. Many thanks to you… Read more “Wonderful course…”