When you buy a boat from Thames Boat House (Walton Marine), we take special care to make sure that you feel comfortable handling your new boat. Whether you are a first time buyer or an experienced skipper we can provide you with all the boat handling tuition and advice that you and/or your crew may need. As you become more practised at handling your boat we are there to answer any questions that arise. Also as you wish to venture further afield we can point you in the right direction if you want to do practical or theory courses in navigation and seamanship.
If you want to join a Cruising Club, then we can also point you in the right direction locally. This is an ideal way of learning the ropes and having fun with experienced boating people who want to help and encourage you to spread your wings.
Everyone in the company (including the MD and office junior) has undertaken the Inland Waterways Helmsman’s qualification and anyone responsible for demonstrations is trained to the appropriate RYA Powerboat qualification. We have teamed up with several training partners to help you to become more experienced and obtain qualifications. These partners have been tried and tested by our own staff, who although very experienced are qualified only to the relevant RYA standard depending upon their job.
Because we enjoy going boating ourselves, many of us have continued on to qualify as RYA Skippers or Yachtmasters – we recommend you do the same.
Enjoy learning and being good at what you love doing – it’s safer and more fun.
Try any of these recommended training establishments based on the River Thames:
VISIT THAMES BOAT TRAINING WEBSITE based on site at The Boat House in Shepperton
or Bisham Abbey Sailing School based up river near Henley in Berkshire
Or find a RYA Training Centre near you.