HNA’s Training Team have many years of experience between them, and have spent countless hours teach people of all ages and ability to boat. They have been certificated by the NCBA as Trainers, and undergo regular re-validation of their teaching skills. Here’s just a few of them:
- Dave Wright – Over 40 years boating experience, including running a working boat on the canals, Dave still owns NB Lupin, which you might see outside our boathouse. Dave’s practical experience is quite probably unparalleled in boating, and if Dave doesn’t know it, it’s probably not worth knowing. The techniques Dave teaches are all backed up in practical experience and traditional boating.
- Loraine Grainger – Very experienced and patient, Loraine manages to get the best from those who are having problems picking up a particular skill, and has provided a lot of input into our training manual. She’s also a first class cook, especially for groups, and is the energy behind the Sunday Roast dinner on our training weekends! Loraine’s background is in business banking. Loraine is also the association’s Chair.
- Paul Boakes – He’s our training officer, and with around four years training experience, Paul developed the training system at HNA which delivers the NCBA course (and thus, NCBA accreditation), and made it into a reproducible and consistent training methodology. The nucleus of this is HNA’s Blue Book – the course manual that you’ll take away at the end of your weekend. Paul’s background is in IT Operations consulting. Paul is also Vice Chairman of the association.
- Andy Steel – Andy’s background is scouting, and he uses humour and wit which works well with younger people. He often joins us for the weekend segment of training courses, to give the other trainers a break! Andy joined us from Tideway Adventurers when we took over NB Merlin and NB Theo. Andy’s background is technology. Andy also wins the prize for living the furthest away from us, down in deepest, darkest Kent!
- Paul Huntley – Focusing on scouting, Paul works primarily with the Scout organisation, emphasizing the need to manage a younger crew and their requirements, and you’ll often see him out on the canal with a boatful of Scout leaders, as they prepare for the narrowboat ticket. Paul’s background is network support services for a telecoms company.
All our trainers are VHF radio trained, which permits them to use and operate VHF marine radios whilst on the tidal Thames, and, of course, DBS/CRB checked.
In addition to regular NCBA validation on a 1:1 level, on occasions the NCBA will also provide a moderator to check how courses are delivered during a training weekend. Our operation is also moderated to ensure we continue to comply with the guidance set down by being members of the NCBA.