L’Extension Grande Plaisance (EGP)
Bargecraft hosts the [l'Extension] Grande Plaisance (EGP) aboard Somewhere. The EGP training course is operated through Benoit and Eve of ENAM (a French boat school). Benoit and Eve are qualified EGP instructors and speak English, although they prefer to deal with enquiries via email - we all find telephone conversations tricky in another language!
Please contact Benoit and Eve at email@example.com to enquire and/or enrol onto the EGP.
Although we cannot directly instruct the EGP, we have acquired a decent knowledge of the requirements to get you there and this summary will provide the background to this qualification.
The first step towards achieving this licence is to already hold the French Permis Fluvial (or sometimes known as Permis Plaisance option Eaux Intérieures (EI)) . If you currently have an ICC, you may be able to apply for the Permis Fluvial via a paper exercise equivalence process. Eve is happy to help liaise with the French foreign licence exchange office in Douai to assist with this application.
If your ICC is not accepted as an equivalent paper exercise (as is often the case for non-UK nationals), you will then need to take the full Permis Fluvial. ENAM can provide this including assistance to prepare for the mandatory French CEVNI examination (which is needed even if you've already passed the CEVNI in English).
EGP Pre-course Registration
Pre-course registration for the EGP training course is required at least 21 days before the training can begin. You will need to already have your Permis Fluvial which must be sent to Benoit and Eve along with the completed EGP application form Cerfa Form no. 14680*01 including the appropriate ‘timbre fiscal’ and medical questionnaire.
EGP Training Course
The EGP training is all practical, no written examination is required. The EGP course is predominantly the application of your piloting skills and knowledge whilst at the helm of a boat over 20m.
The EGP course from ENAM is run over two consecutive days aboard Somewhere, we – Steve and Jo will remain onboard as crew only.
The route will be on the Canal de La Garonne from Buzet-sur-Baïse.
The fee paid to ENAM is for a non-residential course only. Barge hire and refreshments are included. If you wish to stay onboard Somewhere with us, this can be arranged separately. Please contact us directly for our residential rates.
A maximum of two students per course is permissible.
The EGP course syllabus is available at Service Public website - ‘Google Chrome’ has an automatic translate function.