Boating beginners

Motor cruiser

Being a boating beginner may seem daunting but everyone has to start somewhere and the Broads is a great place to learn.

There are plenty of places that offer boating lessons if you'd like a bit of expert advice. Most broads have a sailing club, offering everything from 'have a go' taster sessions to lessons with Royal Yachting Association instructors. You can check out where these are available on our official visitor website We would also advise you to look at our Safety section.

Better Boating videos

To make learning the ropes a little less overwhelming, we've put together some Better Boating videos covering everything you need to know from basic handling and safety to negotiating bridges and tidal waters.

Chapter 1 – General introductionCovers boating and the Broads, including some beautiful aerial video of this special place.

Chapter 2 – Safety basicsIncludes footwear and lifejacket information, introduction to a typical hire cruiser, boat controls and negotiating bridges.


Chapter 3 – Boating basicsHandling instructions including other river users you may encounter on your holiday, such as yachts, water skiers and even power boat racing.


Chapter 4 – Dos and Don'tsMeet our Head of Ranger Services who tells you about the dos and don'ts on the river to help you have an enjoyable and safe boating experience.


Chapter 5 – Reversing and turningHow to reverse your boat and turn it around.


Chapter 6 – Mooring alongsideHow to safely moor parallel to a bank.

Chapter 7 – Mooring and securing your boatMore on mooring techniques and basic knots.


Chapter 8 – Mooring stern on


Chapter 9 – Greener boating and the environmentMaking the most of the Broads wildlife and your part to play in keeping it unspoilt.


Chapter 10 – BridgesAlso includes information on pilots, procedures and gauge boards.


Chapter 11 – Passing through Great Yarmouth and Breydon WaterPassage planning and how to moor against the tide.


Chapter 12 – Rules of the riverGeneral rules to ensure your safety and enjoyment. 


  • If you would like to purchase a copy of the DVD please contact the Broads Authority tolls office on 01603 756080.