New safety films to benefit first-time boaters on UK inland waterways

A new series of animated films designed to help first-time boaters navigate the UK’s inland waterways safely has been jointly launched by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency.

The five short, animated videos, available on YouTube, are designed primarily for those who are new to the waterways, including hire boaters. They give straightforward guidance on staying safe when boating, mooring, and using locks. There is also information about bridges, tunnels, weirs and sluices, and advice to help boaters protect the waterway network’s unique heritage and wildlife.

The animations are designed to complement the Boater’s Handbook by offering key navigation advice in an alternative and, for many, more accessible format – especially welcomed by boaters following the growth in new waterway users since the pandemic.

Matthew Symonds, Canal & River Trust’s national boating manager, said: “The waterways are fantastic places to explore by boat and it’s great that boating remains a popular leisure and holiday option for so many people experiencing the waterways for the first time. We want to make sure people have the best possible experience and provide them with the information they need to safely handle a boat. These videos cover all the things boaters could expect to come across in an everyday cruise, and we hope that they will help new boaters feel confident as they cast off and discover the wonders of the nation’s inland waterways.”

Jo Scully, National Navigation Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Having listened to our customers we are delighted to launch, along with the Canal & River Trust, these quick and easy-to-watch safety videos which will help bring confidence to new and first-time boaters setting out on the water for the first time. They highlight hazards and how to avoid them, so you can relax and safely enjoy the pleasures of our beautiful waterways alongside other river users.”

Click here to access the short videos on YouTube.

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