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.

Learn more about how to make your boating more sustainable with practical advice and resources for clubs and boaters.

Issues that we are working on for you
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.

UKHO paper chart production

UKHO has set out its transition plan for a fully digital chart portfolio by end of 2026


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

Latest updates
Several narrowboats are cruising past the Houses of Parliament
Fund Britain’s Waterways message delivered to Westminster
15 Nov 23
Front cover of SAS Manifesto document
The RYA joins the call for an end to water pollution
04 Sep 23
A man and two women enjoy the inland waterways
RYA adds voice to call for increased inland waterways funding
13 Jul 23
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