All Our Training Courses

As a recognised RYA Training Centre we offer both the Inland Waterways Helmsman's and Crewman's course.  If you want to reinforce your learning and extend your time onboard, an additional consolidation day is available too - our most popular option.  All training is based on the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman's and Crew courses syllabus, reflecting the usual high standards of RYA training.  Naturally, we will cover the requirements of the inland waterways ICC (International Certificate of Competence) and CEVNI (Code Européen des Voies de la Navigation Intérieure), giving you the confidence, ability and accreditation to really enjoy your cruising on the inland waterways of Europe.

Our main periods of operation will provisionally be April through to July, then September to late October.

To ensure all students receive close instruction with plenty of practice the maximum instructor to student ratio is 1:3.

Our primary business is for the residential Barging Experience with fully inclusive training, accommodation and all food and refreshments.  A limited number of non-residential training days are released throughout the year; please contact us to enquire about availability.

The course route starts and returns to Buzet-sur-Baïse, on the Canal de Garonne.  A minimum of 6 locks for the 2 day course or a minimum of 8 for the extended 3 day course.

RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman

New to barging?  The inland waterways Helmsman's course is perfect for you; aimed at novice boaters, or those with limited boating experience.  We tailor this training course for those with more cruising experience to maximise your learning and introduce a measure of finesse to your inland waterways boat handling techniques.

Accepted as the practical component for an ICC.

RYA Inland Waterways Crewman

Everything the enthusiastic crew member needs to know.  Will help your family and friends get the most out of accompanying you aboard your barge.

Available to family and friends of those taking the RYA inland waterways Helmsman training.

International Certificate of Competence - ICC

The ICC assessment only route is no longer available at Bargecraft.

We direct you to the RYA inland waterways Helmsman training course as the practical route leading to your ICC.  The CEVNI examination is included in our Helmsman training too - everything you need for your ICC.


L'Extension Grande Plaisance EGP

The French 'Grande Plaisance' licence (EGP) gives you the freedom of being at the helm with no restrictions to the length of vessel.

We host this training which is provided by Benoit and Eve of ENAM bateau école.