The Beatrice is crewed by a qualified Skipper and a Volunteer. Volunteers take a full part in running the boat, under the supervision of the Skipper. They take their turn at the helm and at working the locks. Passengers are encouraged to help with the locks but, with children, a member of school staff must also help.
The crew is responsible for the safe handling of the boat but teachers and carers are responsible for their charges.
Because Volunteers are effectively supervised by teachers or carers in interacting with children and vulnerable adults, the crew does not need to have DBS clearances (this used to be called CRB checking). Volunteers must, however, be able to take control of the boat in the event of an emergency, to handle any accident, to steer the boat to the canal side and moor it, disembark passengers, including those in wheel chairs, call for assistance, and generally cope with any eventuality. This takes a calm head and some physical strength, but you will be given training.
If you are interested in volunteering a trial runs will be arranged, with the Skipper and an experienced Volunteer, to see if you are suited to the role. Although it’s a responsible position, crewing the Beatrice is good, healthy fun and working with our passengers is a delight. Please leave your details using the Contact Us page and we will be in touch with you.
Thank you for your interest.