What we do
- We prepare the boats for trips: loading supplies, pumping in water & fuel and preparing the cabin
- We help guests on board safely: operating lifts, helping when requested to manoeuvre wheelchairs and guiding guest to their seats
- We operate the boats: training is given on how to manoeuvre the vessels safely, how to depart and dock the vessels and how to operate equipment onboard
- During the trips we make teas and coffees, or help if the carers have prepared a picnic or snack
- In the ‘closed’ season: maintenance is carried out on the boats such as paint removal then applying new paint, engine refurbishments and a variety of remedial tasks.
BUT what we really need are people who care
- We carry passengers who often don’t get out a lot, perhaps because of physical or mental impairments. This is their chance to enjoy a bit of freedom in the beautiful surroundings of the Scottish canals. We are here to make that trip more enjoyable.
- Often we talk about the history or the wildlife but more often our visitors simply want to chat.
It’s often hard work but rewarding
- We can be standing for long periods.
- We can be involved in some physical work
- But the rewards are plentiful – just look at the faces of those onboard.
- And there’s the friendship of your colleagues
How often would you be required?
- We operate cruises seven days a week (except at Highland Branch)
- You can join a regular ‘day’ crew or arrange times with the branch to suit your other commitments.