Recreational boating in the UK has a long established tradition of self-reliance and individual responsibility. Consequently, we continue to enjoy relative freedom to pursue our boating activities, but this freedom cannot be taken for granted.

Today, our coastal waters and inland waterways face increasing pressure from competing commercial, environmental and leisure interests. For these reasons, it is vital that recreational boating interests are represented effectively to ensure that Government, in all its forms, takes full account of our activities when balancing competing interests.

The RYA provides a robust, articulate and intelligent voice to represent recreational boating and it works closely with its Home Country organisations in respect of matters related to the devolved administrations.

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Find out the latest on post-Brexit issues and how it impacts you. 

Issues that we are working on for you

Read the latest advice and information for recreational boaters, affiliated clubs and recognised training centres.

Disposal of flares

Stay up to date with the latest developments surrounding the disposal of pyrotechnic flares.

Marine licensing

Current marine license applications that the RYA is responding to on behalf of our members


Planning issues that the RYA team is responding to on behalf of our members

Red diesel

Keep up-to-date with the latest lobbying news on red diesel.

Affiliated club support

Find out more about the latest advice and guidance for affiliated clubs.


Oversees policy, advice and representation relating to recreational boating. Learn more about the work of the External Affairs and Cruising Committee (EACC).

Latest updates
26 Aug 21

Government confirm extension on legislation that will enable CE marked goods to continue being placed on the market in Great Britain until 01 January 2023.

RYA share plans to achieve carbon zero by 2050
17 Aug 21
Inland waterways, canals, moored boats
RYA prepares to respond to Environment Agency’s Boat Registration Consultation
03 Aug 21
sailing alone
Studland Bay - RYA receive reassurance from MMO of Moderate Approach to Management Plans
09 Jul 21
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