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.

Read the RYA's stance.


Find out the latest on how we are representing recreational boaters' interests. 

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

External affairs

The RYA works to ensure that legislators, regulators and other authorities understand, and take account of, recreational boating activity.

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
External Affairs
20 Dec 21

Confirmation of a Returned Goods Relief waiver is "outstanding news for UK recreational boat owners," says RYA.

Motor Boat Cruising
MMO confirm date for voluntary no-anchor zone at Studland Bay
09 Dec 21
Jet RIB on river, catamaran,
RYA welcomes Government intent to waive the 3-year condition for Returned Goods Relief
09 Dec 21
Inland boat cruising
Changes to the Environment Agency proposed registration charges from 2022
07 Dec 21
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