From motor cruising to windsurfing, dinghy racing to personal watercraft some 3.9 million* people take to the water each year in some form of boating activity.
Clubs offer like-minded boaters a place to come together. Many are affiliated to the RYA which provides a whole host of benefits to affiliates from information and advice to help them run effectively, efficiently and compliantly; promotional opportunities via participation and membership development programmes and a whole host of racing services to help them attract more racing participants and volunteers; the list goes on.
However, many club members don’t realise that there are many great benefits of being a personal member of the RYA as well.
“Research undertaken by the RYA 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 are very different to the benefits a club receives via its affiliation” explained Gemma Garrett, Membership Engagement Officer.
To try and clear up any confusion and make membership more appealing to club members the RYA introduced a new membership category back in 2016 dedicated entirely to boaters who are also members of RYA affiliated clubs.
The ‘Associate’ membership focuses on 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.
“Having dedicated membership categories allows us to 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”, Gemma added.
For example, e-newsletters such as InBrief are sent out containing tailored content, our membership correspondence helps members get to the information they need quickly and new member benefits are taken on with our Associate Members in mind.
In our membership packs we also provide a tailored publications catalogue highlighting those titles of most relevance to our Associate Members.
So what are the benefits for club members when they join the RYA?
When you join the RYA as an individual member you immediately add your voice to over 112,000 existing members in support of the work the RYA undertakes 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 we have, the louder our voice to protect your boating.
Members have 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, giving you added peace of mind when you need it most.
The RYA Magazine and e-newsletters bring all the latest news and information, from legal and environmental updates to race results, upcoming events or training tips straight to your door or inbox. Membership also gives you access to the members-only pages on the RYA website, packed with legal advice and exclusive content.
You’ll enjoy discounts on RYA publications and e-Books and with over 100 titles to choose from there is something for everyone.
Many certificates are free with your membership, including the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) helping you get more from your career and your international boating.
The RYA has also built relationships with over 70 reward partners to bring members exclusive offers and discounts on a whole host of products and services from - cars to clothing; books to holiday bookings, helping you to cut the cost of your boating.
Members can also take advantage of special offers on boat show tickets and access exclusive member only events.
Adult membership costs just £45 a year (by Direct Debit), that’s just £3.75 a month.
So why not tell your club members about the great benefits of becoming an RYA Associate member so they can continue to enjoy their boating with added peace of mind, money saving offers, all while supporting the sport they love.
To find out more about RYA membership including ‘Associate’ membership visit www.rya.org.uk/go/join
To find out more about RYA Club Affiliation benefits and services - click here.
* 2018 Arkenford Watersports Survey
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