Hire Holidays and Training

There is a thriving sector in the UK for boating participation, including boat hire and charter, training, passenger trips, hotel boats, boating activity centres, flotilla sailing and holidays. You can enjoy anything from exploring the UK's waterways heritage aboard a narrowboat, to taking a passenger cruise on Britain's most familiar waters, to experiencing the thrill of a sailing adventure in a bay or off a sunny beach. Plus learn the skills required to handle your own boat, or a chartered vessel. British Marine members are at the forefront of this sector and its quality schemes for boat hire places it at the vanguard of the UK's tourist industry too.

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This sector represented by a number of leading Group and Regional Associations including British Marine Leisure Boating Association, British Marine Inland Boating, the Passenger Boat Association, British Sailing and the Broads Hire Boat Federation.

Members in this sector benefit from free support and advice from The Green Blue (an environmental programme), detailed technical representation to ensure that commercial regulations remain practical for operators, free legal advice and networking. 

British Marine also collaborates with VisitEngland to manage the Quality Accredited Boatyard & Boat Grading Scheme – a credible mark of quality for hire boat operators.

Open quote for member endorsementWhy wouldn’t you join?...British Marine provides support for issues you cannot fix as an individual company

Ann Davies, Co-owner, Napton Narrowboats

Group Associations for this sector

British Marine Leisure Boating British Marine Inland Boating Passenger Boat Association - PBABritish SalingBHBF
Hire Holidays and Training Benefits
Apprentice Mentoring Workshop

British Marine with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are offering two workshops (one full day followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

Apprentice Mentoring Workshop - follow-up

British Marine with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are offering two workshops (one full day followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

Apprentice Mentoring Workshop - Initial

British Marine with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are offering two workshops (one full day followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

Apprenticeship FAQs

Question and answers about marine industry apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship FAQs

Frequently asked questions about marine industry apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Levy

In December, the Government announced details of the Apprenticeship Levy which will come into force from April 2017.

Apprenticeships

Grow your Business and grow the skill you need by recruiting apprentices. Apprenticeships are the perfect way to boost productivity, support innovation and aid your company’s expansion. Apprentices learn the culture and unique needs of your business and there is considerable financial support in place to help both you and them.

Boat Show Discounts

British Marine members are entitled to receive discount off their stand space at our Shows

Hotel Boats

Hotel Boats

ICOMIA Environment Guide 2017

The ICOMIA Environment Guide features clear and concise outlines of the latest environmental legislation affecting the EU, US, Asia and Australia plus international organisations such as IMO. The Guide explains – in simple terms – what the legislation is; why it has been imposed; when it will take effect; who it may affect and how it may affect them – making it an invaluable tool for businesses, associations and organisations operating in the global recreational marine industry. The Guide is FREE to British Marine members.

Marina Workboat Guidance

Marina Workboat Guidance - Guidance for Vessels operated as marina workboats within a marina, dock or similarly enclosed or partially enclosed premises, or for occasional trips in support of the operation of the business in those premises within the local area but not proceeding to sea.

Marine Job Vacancies

British Marine have constant postings of vacancies from its 1600 members for jobs in the leisure marine industry. From Boat building, apprenticeships, boat fitting, brokerage, design, engineering and marina staff to watersports instructors, on board staff, shipwrights, sailing instructors and skippers.

Shipwrights Annual Lectures

The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Annual Lectures are presented to apprentices, young shipwrights, students and graduates by invited industry leaders.

Social Media

British Marine is pleased to offer a full day of Social Media training in August. The day will be split into two sessions and delegates can either attend the morning or afternoon session or they can attend both.

Superyacht UK Social Media Masterclass

A whole day’s comprehensive social media training and support package, giving you the tools to confidently and effectively grow your social media outreach against a planned strategy designed to help you meet your business objectives.

Technical Reports

British Marine providing industry guidance with the Technical Report, including manufacturing and environment updates.

Training Courses

British Marine training is passionate about the development and progression of the UK marine industry. From career prospects to recruitment to training grants and training courses, we are here to assist and advise.

Vessel Trial Guidance

Guidance for vessels undergoing trials - pleasure vessels while they are in the possession of a broker, ship repairer or other such person for the purpose of their business.

2017 Marina Conference

The bi-annual Marina Conference for marina professionals.

Advanced Marine Electronics Installer

An Advanced Marine Electronics qualification is for those people who have attended the Marine Electronics Installer course and passed the MEI exam, and who would like to further their skills and gain a higher qualification in marine electronics.

Apprenticeship Graduation Awards

Grow your Business and grow the skill you need to do so. Apprenticeships are the perfect way to boost productivity, support innovation and aid your company’s expansion. Apprentices learn the culture and unique needs of your business and there is financial support in place to help both you and them.

Apprenticeship Trailblazers

British Marine is leading the way supporting groups of employers (trailblazers) in developing new Apprenticeship Standards and providing support to its members in implementing apprenticeship reforms mandated by the Government.

Become a Committee Member

Each Association under British Marine is run by a Committee made up of individual members.

BMET Electrical

The Marine Electronics Installer Program (MEI), established in 2004, is to encourage a high level of professional expertise in entry-level and mid-level technicians and to lead them to further develop their skills.

BMET Electrical

A Marine Electrical industry recognised qualification, which takes place during the BMET Electrical course, aimed at people with at least one year's experience in marine electrics, or equivalent. Syllabus is based around the BMEEA Code of Practice.

Boat Safety Scheme

The Boat Safety Scheme, or BSS, is a public safety initiative owned by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways' workforce and any other users.

Boat Show Benefits for Members

Along with the boat show discount available to British Marine members, we have additional benefits for members to take advantage of at the shows;

Boating and Watersports Participation

Boating and Watersports Participation: British Marine is a founding and leading member of a consortium of marine organisations that funds and manages research measuring the state of participation in boating and watersports in the UK. Since 2002 this research has been conducted by Arkenford, a specialist market research agency, in close collaboration with British Marine’s Market Research and Statistics team, which leads the research on behalf of the consortium.

Boating Quality Accreditation Scheme

British Marine has worked closely with VisitEngland to develop the Quality Accredited Boatyard Scheme and the Boat Grading Scheme.

Brexit

British Marine will represent its members and the wider marine industry to Government during the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and transition period and be on hand to keep members updated and to advise them on how their businesses may be affected.

British Marine Affinity

British Marine, in partnership with AF Affinity, brings all members a new membership benefit offering savings and discounts.

British Marine Industry Trends November 2015 to June 2016

British Marine conducts a survey bi-annually to measure current business performance and trends in the marine industry over the last six months and future expectations. The latest version of this report for the period November 2015 - June 2016 is now available to download.

British Marine Industry Trends Survey Jun-Nov 2015

British Marine Industry Trends Survey June 2015 to November 2015. British Marine conducts a survey bi-annually to measure current business performance and trends in the marine industry over the last six months and future expectations. The latest version of this report for the period June 2015 - November 2015 is now available to download.

British Marine mediation scheme for members

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and can be a time and cost efficient process for resolving disputes. British Marine has set up a mediation scheme to enable the easy resolution of disputes within the marine industry.

British Marine Training Grants

British Marine is keen to encourage training to its members and runs a Training Grant Scheme to increase the level of training offered to employees in the marine industry. This is a great member incentive which allows member companies to apply for grants towards the cost of relevant training courses.

Careers Campaign

Feedback from British Marine members has resulted in a British Marine careers campaign to go live in March 2016. Members are keen to promote the opportunities within their businesses and the marine industry as a whole and to attract the the best candidates.

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Committees

Each Association under British Marine is run by a Committee made up of individual members.

Communicating with Members - British Marine

British Marine endeavours to ensure that its members benefit from up-to-date information on services, developments, consultations, grants opportunities, technical, legal and tax changes and Boat Shows, to name just some of the many areas covered.

Consumer Campaigns

British Marine promotes boating participation by its On The Water initiative, environmentally friendly boating through The Green Blue and the benefits of buying from British Marine members through its Look for the Logo.

Corporate Foreign Currency Exchange

If your business is regularly working with foreign currency then you could make a significant saving through this service, provided in partnership with Foenix Partners.

Crisis Management

An important service British Marine provides is Crisis Management support, there is standard documentation and templates available to help with Crisis Management advance planning too.

Discounts and Savings

British Marine offer members a number of discounts and savings. Find out what discounts and savings are available.

Download the logo - British Marine

Use the British Marine logo on your website, adverts and printed items to benefit from our national Look for the Logo campaign that promotes members' products and services to the boating public.

Environment

British Marine’s Environment & Boating Facilities service offers the best environment and planning advice to the trade.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions of the British Marine Legal Services team

Floating Leisure Articles Legislation - Floating Leisure Articles placed on the market within the European Union

As a benefit to British Marine members, this report details Floating Leisure Articles placed on the market within the European Union

Funding

We fund members with training grants to encourage continuous staff development, plus we are continually monitoring and signposting sources of funding which are readily available from Government departments including LEPs, MAS and Innovate UK.

Grant Funding by AF Affinity

Information on GrantResource bought to British Marine members by AF Affinity.

Headline Statistics and Infographics

Headline statistics on the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry

Health and Safety

Health & Safety is a vital aspect of running a modern business, British Marine offers Health & Safety guidance.

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2016 (Q1-4)

ICOMIA’s Quarterly Economic Statistics Report 2016 (Q1-4) provides valuable information on economic development in over 45 countries across the world, including: inflation rates, economic growth, car registrations/sales, consumer confidence, producer price index and the Big Mac Index.

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2016 (Q2)

ICOMIA’s Quarterly Economic Statistics Report 2016 (Q2) provides valuable information on economic development in over 45 countries across the world, including: inflation rates, economic growth, car registrations/sales, consumer confidence, producer price index and the Big Mac Index.

Inland Hire Boats

Inland Hire Boats

Intermediate Marina Managers Course UK

This four-day course is designed to provide marina personnel in a leadership position with fast-track training in the critical issues in marinas.

International Shows

British Marine create and facilitate attendance at numerous oversea marine shows and events for its members. The International Development team are constantly monitoring target countries and emerging markets for business opportunities and the potential in assisting and supporting our members in exhibiting overseas.

Key Performance Indicators - England Regions Infographics

These industry infographics combine findings from across British Marine's industry economic, social and consumer market research to demonstrate the size, value and economic impact of the leisure marine economy in the UK's various English regions (based on former Regional Development Agency geographies). These infographics cover the South West, South East, Greater London, East of England, West Midlands , East Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and the North East. They provide topline statistics on the number of marine enterprises, their turnover, gross valued added contribution, taxation, full-time equivalent employment, average employee earnings, as well as boat ownership and participation.

Key Performance Indicators - Marine Industry Sector Infographics

These industry infographics combine findings from across British Marine's industry economic, social and consumer market research to demonstrate the size, value and economic impact of the leisure marine economy across the industry's varied sectors. These infographics cover: Boat Manufacturing; Engines & Equipment Manufacturing; Boat Wholesale & Retail; Engines & Equipment Wholesale & Retail; Marinas & Moorings; Boat Repair & Servicing; Hire, Holidays & Training; and Consumer & Business Services. They provide topline statistics on the number of marine enterprises, their turnover, gross valued added contribution, taxation, full-time equivalent employment, average employee earnings and international trade (where applicable).

Key Performance Indicators - UK National and Devolved Regions Infographics

These industry infographics combine findings from across British Marine's industry economic, social and consumer market research to demonstrate the size, value and economic impact of the leisure marine economy in the UK's constituent countries and devolved administrations. These infographics cover England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and provide topline statistics on the number of marine enterprises, their turnover, gross valued added contribution, taxation, full-time equivalent employment, average employee earnings, as well as boat ownership and participation.

Key Performance Indicators and Industry Trends Research

British Marine’s Key Performance Indicators for the Leisure, Superyacht & Small Commercial Marine Industry report is a biennial report that uses aggregated data shared by our members, combined with internal knowledge of non-members involved in the marine industry, to provide a robust economic audit of the industry.

Knowledge Centre

The British Marine Knowledge centre comprises of useful articles and information to help its members in the Marine industry concerning Technical Issues, Legal and Finance, Environmental and Facilities Issues, Training, Statistics and Market Research, International Development, Marketing, External Relations and Business Support.

Legal Services and VAT

British Marine do all they can to support their Members with a range of Business Support Benefits and Services, these are delivered by our Commercial Partners and by working with other Members who offer relevant services.

Look for the Logo

Look for the Logo is a campaign that highlights the key benefits of engaging with British Marine's 1600 members when buying a boat or any marine-related service or product.

LPG Training and Assessment

LPG Training and Assessment - In order to comply with current regulations, anyone involved in the installation, maintenance, servicing or repairing of gas systems on boats must hold a current ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme) qualification

LPG Training Providers

LPG Training and Assessment - In order to comply with current regulations, anyone involved in the installation, maintenance, servicing or repairing of gas systems on boats must hold a current ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme) qualification

Marina Operatives Course

The Marina Operatives Course is a modular programme, specifically designed with the requirements of a modern marina in mind. It will enable your staff members to train in all areas of the business whilst on-the-job.

Marine Electronics Installer

The Marine Electronics Installer Program (MEI), established in 2004, is to encourage a high level of professional expertise in entry-level and mid-level technicians and to lead them to further develop their skills.

Marine Electronics Installer

A Marine Electronics qualification, which encourages a high level of professional expertise in entry-level and mid-level technicians and to lead them to further develop their skills. Syllabus is based around the NMEA 0400 Standard.

Marketing Promotion - British Marine

British Marine has a multidiscipline team focused on the promotion of boating and its members, covering marketing, PR and online.

Mediation Information

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes. In mediation, parties are helped by an independent third party, the mediator, to reach an agreement with which they are happy and resolve their dispute. A good mediator is a skilled, experienced and imaginative problem solver who will be very much involved in the process of reaching a solution.

Member Directory

There are a number of British Marine member law firms, financial and commercial advisors that can help you. British Marine is the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry.

Mercedes Affinity

Through the Mercedes-Benz Affinity scheme, British Marine members can enjoy all the benefits of the latest models for less than you expected.

Offers of the Month

Through the Mercedes-Benz Affinity scheme, British Marine members can enjoy all the benefits of the latest models for less than you expected.

On The Water

On The Water promotes the products and services of British Marine members and encourage the public to get started in boating and watersports.

Our Associations

British Marine has 11 regions and 16 group associations, which members can join depending on their sector and business.

Personal Development

British Marine has developed personal development accreditations to benchmark individuals within the industry to meet rigorous industry standards promoting professionalism and standardisation.

Quality Schemes

British Marine and its associations run a number of quality schemes for its members operating in different sectors. These schemes provide a benchmark for good practice and allow members to both benchmark themselves against their competitors but also to provide evidence to their customers that they are offering an independently checked and verified quality product.

RCD Awareness

Designed to increase and expand your knowledge of how to meet the requirements of the RCD, and assist your ability to comply to this important directive.

Recreational Craft Directive

The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) is a trade-enabling European New Approach Directive which sets minimum requirements of a boat which guarantee its suitability for sale and use within the European Union.

Representation and Promotion

Foe more than 100 years British Marine's most important role has been to represent its members and the UK marine industry

Selling Skills for the Marine Industry

Whatever your background, if your job involves selling, then the 'Selling Skills for the Marine Industry' will help you maximise your effectiveness in this crucial area.

Technical Library

Useful links to publications, reports and other essential industry information.

Technical Publications

A one stop resource for technical publications

Technical Support

As the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial Marine Industry, British Marine knows how important it is to get the details right, first time.

Template Contracts

We have developed standard template agreements to be used in the course of running your business.

The Future of Red Diesel - British Marine

British Marine continues to actively support the case for red diesel to be available for UK leisure boating and is working with Government to support the case. Our red diesel campaign page includes latest news, a downloadable guide and key contact information.

The Green Blue

The Green Blue project is an innovative environmental awareness programme founded by British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). Its primary purpose is to enable boat users, marine businesses and sailing clubs to reduce their impact on our coastal and inland waters.

The Green Blue

This is British Marine’s flagship environmental outreach programme, developed with our partners the RYA. British Marine members can take advantage of Loads of free support. Take a look!

The UK Marine Labour Market

The leisure marine industry has experienced challenging times following the wake of the global financial crisis and the subsequent recessions and slow and patchy recovery of the UK economy.

Time Expired Pyrotechnic Disposal Service

Find out about British Marine's Time Expired Pyrotechnic (TEP) Disposal service for Members

Training and Careers

British Marine Training can support your business by helping you to recruit staff on our online job portal, help you attract new talent through the British Marine careers campaign and offer you assistance on training advice and information.

UK Navigation Authorities

UK Navigation Authorities

Unlimited Credit Checking

British Marine members can access unlimited UK credit reports free of charge

Value Added Tax

British Marine offer their members a free tax advice service through our dedicated British Marine VAT specialist at PKF Francis Clark.

VisitEngland Passenger Boat Quality Scheme

The VisitEngland Passenger Boat Quality Award Scheme is voluntary and consists of a comprehensive but fair assessment of all the customer facing aspects of your business. A successful application will entitle you to display the VE Rosette branding on your marketing material and your vessel(s).

Watersports Participation 2016 - Full Report

This annual report commissioned by British Marine, Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), British Canoeing (BC) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) details participation and ownership for 12 boating activities in 2016 and reports trends over fourteen years. This report also includes return of wider water-based leisure activities. The full report provides more detailed trends since 2002 and results to a wider set of questions. This includes trends in demographics, frequency and home / abroad participation and location of residence, and also presents coastal/inland and seasonal activity, household boat ownership, charter/hire, and more.

Web marketing tips - British Marine

The Marketing, Public Relations and Online departments can help you make your product and brand more visible in the marketplace, whether through British Marine or British Marine Boat Shows.

Welcome Afloat

A Welcome to Excellence programme for the Boating Sector

Working with Members - British Marine

British Marine specialises in supporting individual member marine businesses with local councils, regulators, navigation authorities and regulators.

Working with other organisations

British Marine is a member of several important business groups, that each bring together organisations from right across the UK to create a stronger voice to engage Government, regulators and Parliament for support and change. Our memberships include the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), Maritime UK, the Tourism Alliance and the Seabed User Development Group (SUDG).

Hire, Holidays & Training News

LBS18 Lock Keepers Inn artists impression

Inland boating to make an impressive return to London Boat Show 2018

06 Dec 2017

Inland boating is set to make an impressive return to the London Boat Show 2018 and British Marine provides more information on these exciting plans.

London Boat Show 2018

Get more exposure at the all new London Boat Show

01 Dec 2017

The Showguide for the all new, five day London Boat Show is being developed and has lots of opportunities for exhibitors to enhance their entry in this valuable marketing tool. Read on to find out more and how to take advantage of this great offer.

London Boat Show 2018

New brands and new boats at London Boat Show 2018

30 Nov 2017

23% of exhibiting companies are new to the London Boat Show 2018. Find out the latest brands and boats to sign up to attend the new look, redefined five day London Boat Show 2018.

Captain McStuffing RNLI

Vote for turkeys this Christmas

30 Nov 2017

Member news

British Marine member, RNLI, has been selected as one of eight charities in PayPal's Christmas #TurkeyDash. Find out how you can support the RNLI's very own turkey, Captain McStuffing.

Money

Access up to £1000 for your company's training needs

29 Nov 2017

British Marine member companies can access up to £1000 to support the training of their staff. There is still money available from this year's pot, so get in contact with British Marine if you are interested in finding out more.