Narrow (canal) Boating


Narrow Boating - What better way to take youngsters away for a while?


Introduce them to the world of canals and the excitement of life afloat in fresh surroundings.


There are a wide range of activities: navigation and route planning for the journey, steering a boat through the open countryside, working the locks and experiencing the tunnels, discovering a world rich in resources, learning to live together away from the home environment, shopping, cooking, encouraging teamwork and developing self esteem and respect for others. Local and natural history as well as canal architecture are added interests.

The boats are purpose-built, modern vessels and generally comprehensively equipped with kitchens, toilets and cabins providing berths. There are many places boats can be hired from, either with an accompanying skipper or self-steer.


Please contact the Adventure Team to find out about narrow boating. Kent Scouts can also support leaders in training and assesment for narrow boat permits.


National Governing Body certificate the "Certificate in Community Boat Management" (CCBM)


This course is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of people operating boats carrying groups of twelve passengers or less. It is aimed at boat users in the voluntary or public sectors, but the course will be of interest and use to all group leaders using commercial hire craft.


The cost of a weekend (either training or assessment) is £165 (total £330.00 for both weekends) and a Monday - Friday course: £330.00. This includes accommodation and catering


The National Community Boats Association charge an additional £60.00 to issue their certificate.


The CCBM is one of the qualifications acceptable to issue an Adventurous Activities permit.