From motor cruising to windsurfing, dinghy racing to personal watercraft some 2.2 million people take to the water each year in some form of boating activity.

Of these approx. 350,000 are members of a club enjoying the benefits their club membership offers such as events and socials, discounts on moorings or a spot in the boat park.

Many of these clubs, offering like-minded boaters a place to come together, are also affiliated to the RYA which provides a whole host of benefits from information and advice to help clubs run effectively, efficiently and compliantly, promotional opportunities via participation and membership development programmes and a whole host of racing services to help clubs attract more racing participants and volunteers; the list goes on.

Find out more about RYA Club Affiliation benefits and services here - https://issuu.com/rya1875/docs/5092-rya-whyaffiliatestndrd

However, many club members don’t realise that there are many great benefits of being a personal member of the RYA as well.

“Recent research undertaken as part of our membership review highlighted that a number of club members believed that as their club was affiliated to the RYA they were automatically an RYA member and could take advantage of the benefits we offer personal members as well. Unfortunately that is not the case and the benefits of individual membership to the RYA are very different to the benefits a club receives via its affiliation” commented Conor Swift, RYA Membership Development Manager.

To try and clear up any confusion and make membership more appealing to club members the RYA has recently launched its new look membership incorporating a membership category dedicated entirely to boaters who are members of RYA affiliated clubs.

The new ‘Associate’ membership focuses of offering club members peace of mind and reassurance when they need it from free specialist boating support and advice to money saving offers to help cut the cost of their boating.

As an RYA member you also add your voice to over 108,000 existing members to ensure that legislators, regulators and other authorities understand, and take account of, recreational boating. The RYA is constantly working on a whole host of issues that potentially impact upon members and the more members it has, the louder their voice to protect your boating.

“By making the changes to the membership we will have a greater understanding of the people who join and why they are joining.  Over time this will allow us to tailor the products and services we offer, provide them with the most relevant news and information and make it easier for new members to transition through the membership and gain relevant information and advice at every stage of their boating journey”, Conor added. 

Adult membership costs just £45 a year (by Direct Debit) that is just £3.75 a month giving you access to a whole host of benefits including:

• RYA Magazine and e-newsletters offering the latest news and information, from legal and environmental updates to race results, upcoming events or training tips

• Access to the members-only pages on the RYA website, packed with legal advice and exclusive content

• Peace of mind knowing the RYA is there to support you when you need it

• Discounts on RYA publications and e-Books, and many certificates are free with your membership, helping you get more from your career and your international boating

• Unlimited access to boating-related specialist and technical advice from our in-house experts - from selling a boat and cruising abroad, to qualifications required to sail internationally

• Great money saving offers and discounts from over 50 reward partners - cars to clothing; books to holiday bookings, there’s a reward partner to suit you

• Special offers of boat show tickets and access to member events

To find out more about RYA membership including ‘Associate’ membership visit www.rya.org.uk/go/join