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Crew Volunteer

QAVSlogoThe Kennet and Avon Canal Trust has won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which was presented to the Trust by the Princess Royal in 2014. The MBE for volunteer groups.We are aways looking for volunteers to crew the Kenavon Venture and carry out other activities for the Trust.The Kenavon Venture is run, crewed and maintained entirely by volunteers. As the boat is a registered passenger vessel there is a formal structure to training and qualification of crew. The main crew roles on the boat are;

  • Boatmaster (the boat “captain”)
  • Helm person (drives the boat)
  • Outside crew member (helps the Helm manage the movement of the boat)
  • Inside crew member (looks after passengers and serves in the galley)
  • Locker (operates the locks)

KV in top lockAll new crew, regardless of previous experience, are required to undergo an induction and attend a half day hands on safety training session. Following this the volunteer can act as a crew member. Continuous further training is provided and volunteers can qualify as a Helm. Training is also provided for aspiring Boatmasters which leads to examination and qualification by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

KV 20There are a lot of other roles involved in running and maintaining the boat so a wide range of skills and experience is needed.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. Our flexible approach allows volunteers to do as much or as little as they wish to suit their own availability.

Kenavon Venture Crew Volunteer Leaflet

If you are interested in volunteering this leaflet will provide further information of how to contact our Crew Manager, or you can contact us by email at We would be happy to show you round the boat or to take you on one of our trips so that you can see what we do and what its like to be a crew volunteer on the Kenavon Venture, if you are interest in this, please let the Crew Manager know.