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Learn to drive a narrowboat canal cruise

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Learn to drive a narrowboat canal cruise

23 reviews
Check local COVID-19 related recommendations or restrictions before booking. In-person Airbnb Experiences are available in this region. Please review and follow local COVID-19 related recommendations or restrictions.
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English, French
boat ride

Learn to drive a narrowboat canal cruise

boat ride

Learn to drive a narrowboat canal cruise

23 reviews
Check local COVID-19 related recommendations or restrictions before booking. In-person Airbnb Experiences are available in this region. Please review and follow local COVID-19 related recommendations or restrictions.
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English, French

What you'll do

You'll learn how to drive a narrowboat and all the tips that come with it. As we cruise the canal I will show you the ropes so you can jump right into action! You'll be driving the boat yourself, experiencing the canal from a completely new perspective! Be prepared to be active, maybe wet (Hopefully not! Life jackets are provided) and it will be a lot of fun. I'll guide you and be with you the entire time while you get your hands on steering, whether you're new to boating or just curious about it! You don’t need any previous boating experience. A driving licence isn't necessary to cruise a boat however if you are thinking of moving into a boat you would benefit from basic training to feel comfortable and safe with cruising. As a continuous cruiser I move on the London canals so your training will take place wherever I am moored at that time. The boat is officially licensed and completely safe. Basic training session is about 3 hours, I also offer extensive full day training: going through locks and introduction to boating lifestyle and technical workings (please contact me to arrange). A maximum of 4 people per session ensures a very personal experience and your safety.

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Gaïa

Boating is my passion and hobby. I have lived on a narrowboat for many years as a continuous cruiser on the London canals. I have gained extensive experience cruising various boats including wide-beams in both a professional and personal capacity and have a full-on experience of living on a barge. Over the years I have learned boating skills such as going through locks, tunnels, mooring up, rope knots and general boating knowledge.

What's included

Drinks
A drink of your choice offered
Equipment
Life jackets

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Where you'll be

I will teach on my narrowboat, which is a special place to see and experience. We will cruise through the London canals, depending on where the boat is at that time. Some of the areas I moor at are: Kensal Green, Little Venise, Camden, Kings Cross, Angel, Victoria park, Hackney Wick, Limehouse, Tottenham Hale, Enfield. Don't hesitate to ask if you'd like to do your training in a specific place. PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING POINT WILL REGULARLY CHANGE.

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Activity advisory

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 8 and up can attend. It’s important that you’re comfortable around water, as there is always a risk of falling in. However, being able to swim isn’t a requirement.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

What to bring

Wear casual clothes and non-slip flat shoes

More tips

The experience is very dependent on weather conditions. Most boaters don't cruise when it's too windy - please understand that for safety reasons I may have to reschedule in function of forecast.

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Gaïa
Learn to drive a narrowboat canal cruise
23 reviews
From G$15,005/person
23 reviews
From G$15,005/person