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
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
28 Mar 22

You can now register your EPIRBs and 406 MHz PLBs for free online.

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RYA encourages members to have their say on Boat Safety Scheme consultation
28 Mar 22
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Launch of ADMIRALTY Small Craft Chart Service
28 Mar 22
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RYA statement on conflict in Ukraine
01 Mar 22
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