There are so many ways to get afloat it is sometimes hard to know where to start. But whatever your need there’s an organisation or club that can help. Whether you want to hire a day sailor in Devon, organise a holiday in Turkey, charter a yacht or RIB in Wales or crew on a race across the Atlantic, there are organisations and companies to help.
The Royal Yachting Association has comprehensive lists of RYA affiliated clubs and recognised Training Centres around the world, but there are many other organisations offering ways to get afloat. You can race, charter or hire or crew. There are holidays on dinghies, yachts and motorboats, and a multitude of adventurous trips on all sorts of different boats. We have identified the main ways to get afloat and tried to provide useful links to organisations that can help you get on the water.
The RYA has over 2200 recognised training centres dotted around the UK and overseas, teaching small boat sailing, windsurfing, power boating, sail and motor cruising, personal watercraft and inland waterways.
Many clubs offer a cost effective way to get afloat. Situated around the coast, inland and more recently internet based, they offer everyone the opportunity to get involved.
Day boat hire and boat charter offers boating on your terms, whenever and wherever you want it.
Dream of sailing a tall ship, racing across the Atlantic, dinghy sailing in the sun or a relaxing family holiday.
A thriving race circuit for sail and power whether you want to race dinghies, yachts or powerboats, it’s all on offer.
Boats need crew. There’s one just about to leave now and it’s waiting for you.
If you need advice on the type of boat to buy or the legal aspects of the sale.
RYA Sailability has helped over 20,000 people get afloat on sailing and motorboats.