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Helping the marine community reduce their impact on coastal and inland waters.

With over 2,400 recognised Training Centres and 1,500 affiliated clubs and classes it is fair to say that participation in water-sports is as popular as ever.

Whilst we actively want to encourage more people to enjoy the pleasures of being out on the water, the growing number of participants has added further stress on the marine environment.

It is important that the recreational boating sector recognises its potential influence on the environment and actively works to manage and prevent further impacts. In the future, if the sector is found to be having an adverse effect on the environment, boat users may experience added rules and regulations.

However, there are plenty of opportunities for associations, clubs and training centres to reduce their impact and together we can help to educate members and students to be sensitive to and respectful of our waters, both coastal and inland. Clubs and training centres play a crucial role in raising awareness and educating the new boater, as any lessons learnt during their first RYA course are likely to become good habits throughout their boating life.

By working together and taking the voluntary approach we can enhance water sports enjoyment, avoid any future red tape and create a more sustainable sector.

Why go green?

We all like to experience clean seas, lakes and rivers, so it’s in all our interests to do what we can to minimise our impact on the environment for today and for future generations.

The next most pressing reasons to go green are…

  • To comply with environmental legislation – keeping your club or centre on the right side of the law
  • To save money – by managing your facilities more efficiently huge savings can be made
  • To meet expectations – environmental awareness is now a hot topic and your existing and potential members may expect you to have measures in place
  • To lead by example – shout about the positive changes you are making to have a wider influence


The Green Blue has lots of practical advice, leaflets and teaching resources to help you make environmental improvements, enhance your green credentials and even save money.

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