All posts by Sally Ash

Get Set Go Dacorum

Three of our members Richard, John and Brian set up our stall at the Get Set Go Dacorum event in mid January held at Hemel Hempstead Old Town Hall. The purpose of the event was to inspire people with physical and learning difficulties to get active.

Exhibitors offered a huge selection of opportunities to interest visitors and there was an excellent presentation by  Mitchell Camp, Athlete, World Games medalist and Special Olympic Ambassador .

Our donated raffle prize of a boat trip was won by a local charity and we look forward to meeting them again later in the year. All in all it was a most enjoyable morning with plenty of chat and net working opportunities.

Crew training opportunities

Such is the demand for our boat trips this summer,  that our band of 55 volunteer skippers and crew are beginning to struggle to keep up.   We’re therefore offering training days on 21 June and 25 July  for anyone with boating experience who would like to join us as boat crew.

Crew volunteering is a great way of enjoying the local canal, and helping others to do the same. For many of our customers with disabilities, it’s the only way they can get afloat and join in with helping at locks and steering the boat.  We’re particularly looking for boaters prepared to give us a couple or more days per month between now and the end of October to help ensure that we meet demand for trips for the rest of the season.

Training days are free of charge, but having been trained, we expect you to sign up to crew at least 1-2 times per month, subject to the number of trip bookings we receive. Details of booked trips are circulated to all crew members by email and assignments allocated accordingly.  Training is a requirement regardless of the extent of prior boating experience.

Training days start promptly at 9.30 am and finish at 4.30 pm.

Click here  to register for a place on Sunday 21 June or Sunday 12 July.



Special message for gardeners

Bookings are coming in thick and fast and keeping our volunteer crews very busy over the coming weeks … which means they won’t have much time for their gardening.  Good thing that our partner charity, Sunnyside Trust at the Hemel Food Garden has great offers on summer bedding plants this coming Saturday.  Don’t miss out!  Click here for more details.

Link 4 Coffee!

On a bright and frosty Friday morning at the end of January, Waterways Experiences hosted a community-building event with the South West Herts branch of Link4Growth – the second time that we’ve made use of our excellent facilities at the boat base for hosting this type of free networking event. One of the guests was interested in volunteering for us while another was keen to find out more about the boats and their facilities as his wife works with a charity for children with learning difficulties. It’s not just about Waterways Experiences though – plenty of good conversation on other topics ensures most people leave the event with new contacts and ideas to help their particular business or interests.

Link4Growth’s Chris Ogle donned his Googlespecs to film Rick on a guided tour through our flagship Sheldrake 3, highlighting the work that Waterways Experiences does and the facilities that the boat provides.

The 4th Friday of every month is a regular fixture for these events so do come along. Book your place for the next one on 27th February (10am – 11.30) at and help spread the word! All welcome.

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