If you are an RYA member you can take advantage of the RYA’s Refer a Friend scheme and pick up a special thank you gift for every new member you introduce.

For every new member introduced, who goes on to sign up for membership, you can choose one of two special thank you gifts - a 5 litre Overboard dry bag, plus new for 2021, an RYA branded water bottle.

The new water bottles are double walled vacuum insulated, that will keep water cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 18 hours. They combine the convenience of a plastic bottle with the high efficiency and eco-friendly benefits of a traditional vacuum bottle. With a generous 500ml capacity they will keep you hydrated on the go.

While the Overboard dry bag is perfect for keeping your belongings safe, dry and secure whether your journey takes you out on the water or up mountains.

“The RYA Refer a Friend scheme was introduced as a way to thank our members for helping spread the word about the benefits of RYA membership and for introducing new members to the association”, explained Gemma Garrett, RYA Membership Engagement Officer.

“Our members are the best advocates for sharing the benefits of membership with their friends and family and the Refer a Friend scheme is our way of saying thank you for their continued support and helping us grow.”

To date members have introduced over 1,500 new members to the association.

As well as gifts for existing members new members also benefit from a 25% discount on their first year’s membership, so it’s a win, win, win for all involved. Gifts for members, discounts for new members and more members for the RYA!

To take part in the Refer a Friend scheme simply:

  • Visit www.rya.org.uk/go/refer
  • Complete the referral form including the name and email address of your friend together with a reason why they should join the RYA
  • Choose your preferred gift
  • We’ll invite your friend to join the RYA by email with a 25% discount
  • If your friend becomes a member, you’ll receive your referral gift(s) in the post, it’s that easy

To find out more about RYA Refer a Friend and get referring visit www.rya.org.uk/go/refer

Benefits of membership

“Membership is at the heart of everything we do at the RYA and now more than ever, having a strong membership is crucial in ensuring Government, in all its forms, takes account of recreational boating activity, allowing boaters the freedom to pursue the boating they enjoy”, Gemma explained.

With RYA membership you have access to free boating related legal, regulatory and technical advice from our in-house experts when you need it most. You add your voice to over 100,000 members in support of the work the RYA does ensuring that legislators, regulators and other authorities understand and take account of recreational boating activity.

You’ll also enjoy a whole host of benefits, rewards, discounts and offers from over 80 member reward partners, helping to cut the cost of your boating, while the quarterly RYA Magazine and regular e-newsletters help keep you up to date with all the latest news and events, advice and tips. Find out more about the benefits of membership at www.rya.org.uk/membership/Pages/why-join-the-rya.aspx