Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Ever Wondered How Your Engine Works?

Are you familiar with the basics of your engine? Have you spent a lot of money having broken due to something quite simple? Would you like to feel confident enough to carry out your own basic engine maintenance?
Then look no further...

River Canal Rescue are now offering two day courses in diesel engine and boat maintenance. For nearly five years RCR have worked closely with Tony Brooks, the dedicated lecturer and writer on the canals and waterways of the UK. Together RCR and Tony have travelled the length and breadth of the country delivering this practical, beginner friendly course.

During these two day courses you will be offered the chance to learn using a combination of theory and hands on experience. The course content teaches basic engine maintenance and provides practical advice. Topics include engine operations, steering gear, gearbox types, fuel systems, cooling systems, electrics, alternators and battery charging. All aspects of the course are demonstrated on three different engine makes. By the end of the course, students should be able to bleed their own systems and carry out a basic service.

As we all know, River Canal Rescue is always here for boaters in need, however they do believe in empowering boaters with knowledge of how their engine works. This knowledge can only lead to providing further piece of mind, as well as helping to keep our waterways moving, which is good for all of us!

All courses are run over a Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm and the courses on offer include,
  • Engine courses.
  • Boat Electrics.
  • One to one tuition.
  • One day engine familiarisation.
Discounted rates are also available for group bookings and courses can be run at clubs specifically for club members.

RCR are continuously looking for new locations and are proud to announce a new venue at the prestigious Preston Marina. The aim of adding this venue is to provide boaters, in the north west of the country, with easy local access to our courses and we hope to be able to add more venues over the coming months.

Please feel free to make any enquiries about any course or make a booking. You can call RCR's friendly staff on 0871 200 8021 or email For details on course dates and venues visit and click on courses.