British Rowing and EA Boat Licensing Scheme

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The law governing boat registration for waterways changed in April 2010 with the introduction of the Environment Agency (Inland Waterways) Order 2010, updating the historic navigation legislation on the Thames (non-tidal), the Medway and Anglian waterways.

Anyone planning to keep or use a boat on these waterways is required to understand the new registration requirements and act on them. 


A new information page has been added to the British Rowing website, answering the following questions:

  • Who will be eligible to buy licences from British Rowing?
  • Can individuals purchase licences from British Rowing?
  • When does the scheme start?
  • How will licensed boats be indentified?
  • Who will be responsible for enforcing the scheme?
  • How will clubs apply for licences?
  • How much will licences cost?
  • Will we still be able to buy day licences?
  • What licence do I buy if a boat is to be used by juniors and seniors?
  • What is the qualification for ‘junior’?
  • What are the requirements for powered safety or coaching launches?

Please follow the link to British Rowing and EA Boat Licensing Scheme for further information.  There are additional details on the Environment Agency website.

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