All places snapped up on woman-only engine course

Published: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WITH so many women enquiring about its engine maintenance course, River Canal Rescue (RCR) decided to run such a course, and were amazed that demand outstripped supply.

The 24 places on two London-based courses, running on 21st & 22nd February and 28th February & 1st  March, were snapped up within days of the dates being announced on a London boaters forum site and shared through word of mouth.

Waiting list

Around 15 female boaters are currently on a waiting list for future women-only courses and RCR hopes to announce the dates/locations soon. The Cody Dock (Newham) courses were scheduled for women who want to learn more about boat maintenance but in a less male-dominated environment. RCR says 75% or more of its course attendees are men.

Run by ex-RCR engineer and long-time course leader, Keith Duffy, attendees will learn about diesel engines, transmissions, boat plumbing, boat electrics and lay-up and refit procedures, putting the theory into practice via demonstrations and participation.

Soon escalated

RCR Managing Director, Stephanie Horton, comments:

"What started as an enquiry about a potential course soon escalated into us running two with all the places filled in a short space of time. This clearly shows women are keen to get involved with boat maintenance and I applaud this; they can be just as ‘hands-on' as their male counterparts!"

The women-only sessions are in addition to RCR's boat & engine maintenance and electrics courses which are open to all and run from February to November. A two-day weekend boat & engine maintenance course typically costs £120 and boat electrics is £150, dependent upon location.

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