EA Boat Registration

Affiliated clubs are able to purchase reduced price Environment Agency (EA) Boat Registrations through British Rowing

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logo_green_enAnyone planning to keep or use a boat on Environment Agency (EA) waterways must ensure that the boat is registered for use on these waters. This applies to clubs who boat on EA waters as well as clubs who usually boat from other waters but visit EA waters for competition, recreation or training.

This map shows the EA waters in England where rowing takes place:

EA Waters map

Clubs and competitions based on these waters are:

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Thames: TU1 region

Clubs

Abingdon RC
Falcon RC
Griffen, The, BC
Hinksey Sculling School
Martlet BC
Oxford Amateur RC
Oxford, City of, RC
Radley Mariners
St Edward’s Martyrs BC
Taurus BC
Thames Scullers

Universities and Colleges

Balliol College BC
Brasenose College BC
Christ Church BC
Corpus Christi College (Oxford) BC
Exeter College BC
Green Templeton College BC
Hertford College BC
Isis BC
Jesus College (Oxford) BC
Keble College BC
Lady Margaret Hall BC
Linacre BC
Lincoln College BC
Magdalen College BC
Mansfield College BC
Merton College BC
New College BC
Oriel College BC
Osler House BC
Oxford University BC
Oxford University Lwt Women’s RC
Oxford University Women’s BC
Pembroke College (Oxford) BC
Queens College, The, (Oxford) BC
Regent’s Park College BC
Reuben College BC
Somerville College BC
St Annes College BC
St Antony’s College BC
St Catherines College (Oxford) BC
St Edmund Hall BC
St Hilda’s College BC
St Hughs BC
St Johns College (Oxford) BC
St Peters College BC
Trinity College BC
University College (Oxford) BC
Wadham College BC
Wolfson College (Oxford) BC
Worcester College BC

Schools

Abingdon School BC
Dragon School BC
Headington School Oxford BC
Magdalen College School BC
Radley College BC
St Edwards School BC

Competitions

Abingdon Head
City of Oxford Royal Regatta
City of Oxford Sprint Regatta
Isis Sculls
Oxford City Bumping Races

Thames: TU2 region

Clubs

Aldworthian BC
Army RC
Black Sheep BC
Goring Gap BC
Henley RC
Leander Club
Oratory Cardinals RC
Pangbourne Nautics BC
Phyllis Court RC
Reading RC
Rentacrew RC
RowZambezi Sculling Club
Royal Air Force RC
Shiplake Vikings RC
Star and Arrow Club
Thames Valley Park RC
Upper Thames RC
UK Armed Forces RC
Wallingford RC

Universities and Colleges

Oxford Brookes University BC
Reading University BC

Schools

Oratory School BC
Pangbourne College BC
Reading Blue Coat School BC
Shiplake College BC
Wellington College BC

Competitions

Henley Fours and Eights Head
Henley Sculls Head
Henley Town and Visitors Regatta
Henley Masters Regatta
Henley Women’s Regatta
Reading Amateur Regatta
Reading Small Boats Head
Reading Town Regatta
Reading University Head of the River
Thames Valley Park Regatta
Upper Thames Autumn Head
Wallingford Head
Wallingford Long Distance Sculls

Thames: TU3 region

Clubs

1921, The, BC
British Airways RC
Burway RC
Dorney BC
Eton Excelsior RC
Eton Vikings Club
GM Swans BC
Maidenhead RC
Marlow RC
Staines BC
Windsorian, The, RC

Universities and Colleges

Royal Holloway (Univ. of London) BC

Schools

Bishopsgate School BC
Claires Court School BC
Eton College BC
Gordon’s School BC
Great Marlow School BC
Langley Academy The
Royal Grammar Sch. High Wycombe BC
Sir William Borlase’s Gram Sch BC
Sir William Perkins’s School BC
Windsor Boys School, The, BC Windsor
Girls School, The, BC

Competitions

Burway Head
Burway Small Boats Head
Egham Regatta
Maidenhead Regatta
Maidenhead Junir Regatta (invitation only)
Marlow Long Distance Sculls
Marlow Spring Regatta
Marlow Town Regatta
Staines Amateur Regatta

Thames: TU4 region

Clubs

Holles BC
Kingston Grammar School Veterans BC
Kingston RC
Metropolitan Police RC
Molesey BC
Walbrook RC
Walton RC
Weybridge Ladies ARC
Weybridge RC
Weyfarers RC

Universities and Colleges

Surrey, University of, BC

Schools

Hampton School BC
Kingston Grammar School BC
Lady Eleanor Holles BC
St Georges College BC
Surbiton High School BC
Tiffin School BC
Tormead School RC
Whitgift School BC
Wimbledon High School BC

Competitions

Hampton Head (Juniors/Schools)
Hampton Small Boats Head (Juniors/Schools)
Kingston Amateur Regatta
Kingston Borough Regatta
Kingston Head
Kingston Small Boats Head
Molesey Amateur Regatta
Molesey Junior Regatta
Molesey Junior Head
Molesey Veteran Head
Teddington Head
Thames Ditton Regatta
Walton and Weybridge Regatta
Walton Small Boats Head
Weybridge Winter Head
Weybridge Ladies ARC Regatta
Weybridge Silver Sculls

Stour: Eastern region

Clubs

Sudbury RC

Competitions

Sudbury Regatta

Medway: TSE8 region

Clubs

Maidstone Invicta RC

Schools

Kings Rochester Boat Club

Competitions

Maidstone Small Boats Head
Maidstone Spring Head

Great Ouse: Eastern region

Clubs

Bedford Ladies RC
Bedford RC
Bedford Star RC
Huntingdon BC
Isle of Ely RC
St Ives RC
St Neots RC
Star Club

Universities and Colleges

Cambridge University BC (boating location)

Schools

Bedford Girls School RC
Bedford Modern School BC
Bedford School BC
Kings School Ely, The, BC

Competitions

Bedford Amateur Regatta
Bedford Autumn Small Boats Head
Bedford Eights and Fours Head
Bedford Spring Fours and Small Boats Head
Great Ouse Marathon
Isle of Ely Small Boats Head
Huntingdon Head
St Neots Regatta and Sprint
St Neots Small Boats Head
Star Club Head
Star Regatta

Nene: Eastern region

Clubs

Northampton RC
Oundle Town RC
Peterborough City RC

Schools

Oundle School BC
Stowe Sculling Club

Competitions

Northampton Head
Peterborough Head of the Nene

Ancholme: East Midlands region

Clubs

Ancholme RC

Competitions

Ancholme Head

There are currently no affiliated clubs or competitions on the Welland and Glen Navigations or the Black Sluice Navigation.

Further information about accessing EA waters is available from the EA website.

How to register your boat for use on EA waters

  • Club Admins can log in to ClubHub here and click on the Boat Register tile.
  • Select ADD NEW BOAT.
  • Step 1 – Insert the BOAT DETAILS (boat ID, name and select the boat type) then click NEXT.
  • Step 2 – This is where you add any required licences – click ADD.
  • From the drop-down menus, select the required navigation waterway, season and license type. Click the green tick, then click FINISH. Please ensure you are selecting the correct season.
  • From here you can add another boat, edit existing boats, or pay for pending licences.
  • Finally, you can select your preferred method of payment and complete your purchase.
  • Once payment is received we will mark the registrations as valid with the EA.
  • Once you have registered a boat you can then edit it, adding additional details if you wish. To edit a boat select the desired boat from your boat register then select the edit ‘pencil’ icon.
  • The first ‘profile’ page allows you to edit the basic details that will already have been completed when you registered the boat.
  • You can insert additional details by selecting the next icon down ‘Additional Details’ on the left hand menu bar. These details are specific to the boat itself rather than where it can be rowed.
  • Finally, You can record maintenance works by selecting the third icon down ‘Boat Activity’.

How to renew existing boat registrations

  • Club Admins can log in to ClubHub here and click on the Boat Register tile.
  • You will now be presented with a list of boats already registered on the system.
  • Select BULK LICENCE PAYMENT.
  • To add a licence to a given boat select the corresponding TICK icon (the tick will turn green). Please check that you are selecting the correct registration year.
  • Select PAY and you will now be directed to the payment page, where you have the choice of payment methods.
  • Once payment is received we will mark the registrations as valid with the EA.

Please be aware that any boats that are used on EA waters without a current valid EA registration will be liable for the normal penalties applied by the EA for unregistered boats.

How much do registrations cost?

Reduced price registrations can be obtained from British Rowing.

The fees for annual registrations purchased from British Rowing for 1 April 2024 – 31 March 2025 are:

EA-based Clubs: Cost per boat
  • Standard Registration £31.33
  • Junior Registration £9.60
  • Coaching or/and safety launches:  £79.30
Non EA-based Clubs: Cost per boat
  • Standard Registration £18.52
  • Junior Registration £8.27
  • Coaching or/and safety launches £79.30

These registrations can be renewed at any point within the registration year or up to 3 months in advance of the start of the registration period i.e. from 1 January.

Temporary registrations

You can buy temporary registrations for EA waters you are visiting to race.

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Insurance

You must have in force an insurance policy for all powered boats which covers third-party liabilities of at least one million pounds, issued by an insurer authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The insurance must be valid for the full duration of the registration. The EA do not need a copy of the insurance certificate, but they may carry out sample checks on declarations.

Boat Safety

You must ensure that all powered boats comply with the EA’s construction and equipment standards. These standards are set out in the Boat Safety Scheme Essential Guide (2005 edition): see: Boat Safety Scheme – 2nd ed. BSS Essential Guide or the Recreational Craft Directive (for launches first placed on the market since 16 June 1996). Further details can be found here.

EA Boat Registration FAQs

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What boats need to be registered with the EA?

A boat is defined as:

–         Any vessel with or without a motor, e.g. sailing boat, river boat, canal boat or houseboat

–         Any “open boat” e.g. canoe, paddleboard, rowing boat or dinghy

You must register or licence your boat if you want to keep or use it on inland waterways, e.g. rivers and canals.

How are registered boats identified?

Through the existing British Rowing boat identity scheme all boats are required to have a unique ID code identifying it. This code is made up of three letters identifying the club (the boat code allocated by British Rowing and can be found under your Club Details of your Club Profile in the ClubHub system) and three numbers (including zeros) as determined by the Club identifying the boat e.g. ABC123.

Lettering shall be in capitals, in a regular sans serif (Ariel ‘style’) font, with a minimum height of 6cm and clearly readable (in a contrasting colour) on both port and starboard bow, saxboard or vertical surface.

Overseas clubs can apply for a four letter boat identification code from us to enable them to race in their own boats on EA waters.

Who is responsible for enforcing the scheme?

The EA, with the co-operation of British Rowing. The list of registered boats, identified by their unique codes, is made available to the EA so that boats on the water can be checked to ensure they are properly registered. Random checks by the EA will be made at clubs and at regattas. Any boat that is not registered will be liable for the normal penalties applied by EA for unregistered boats.

What is the annual registration period?

The scheme runs from 1 April to 31 March annually.

How much do registrations cost?

British Rowing has negotiated a reduced price for its members. The current prices for this year can be found here.

Who is eligible to buy registrations from British Rowing?

Clubs who boat on EA waters and clubs who row on EA waters for competition, recreation or training. A map of EA waters and competitions taking place on these waters can be accessed here.

Can individuals purchase registrations from British Rowing?

Individual members who have their own boat are able to register this boat as part of their club’s application. The boat will need a unique ID code made up of the boat code (3 letters denoting the club) and the boat number (3 numbers not already allocated to another club boat) eg ABC 124

Your ClubHub admin, Secretary, Membership Secretary or Treasurer all have access to Boat Registration & Management in the ClubHub System and can also grant permission to others (eg Boatman, Captain), if needed, to allow other club members to purchase registrations for the boats.

How do clubs apply for or renew registrations?

Clubs can apply for EA boat registrations through the ClubHub System.

The individual who does this will need an online account with a username and password to be able to access this system. They must log in through the website – britishrowing.justgo.com – scroll to ‘My Club’ and click on the Boat Register tile. New boats can be added and previous registrations can be renewed before payment is made, either online via GoCardless, Stripe or by invoice. The steps to add or renew registrations can be found here.

The ClubHub admin, Secretary, Membership Secretary or Treasurer all have access to Boat Registration & Management and can also grant permission to others (eg Boatman, Captain) if needed to allow other club members to register the boats.

To find out who your Club administrators are, please email clubs@britishrowing.org.

How do I pay for my Environment Agency (EA) boat registrations?

Once you have selected the boats you wish to add/renew on the ClubHub system you have the choice of payment methods.

“Pay via Bank” – this is a one-off payment through GoCardless.

“Pay with Card” – where payment can be made instantly by debit or credit card through stripe.

Or

“Request Invoice” – these are created directly in ClubHub and will be sent to the email address provided, please be aware that the submitting admins details will appear on your invoice unless changed. Invoice details cannot be amended once raised.

Can clubs register boats at any time throughout the year?

Yes, boats can be registered at any point within the registration period but clubs will be required to pay the full registration fee for the year regardless of when they do this.

As an overseas crew do we need a registration if our crew is competing in, or training for, a competition on EA waters in England?

If you are competing/training in a boat on loan from a UK club you will need to confirm with the club that the relevant boat is registered.

If you are planning to bring your own boat over then you will need to purchase a licence for that boat. If you don’t already have your boat identification code (related to your club) you can apply for one from British Rowing by emailing clubs@britishrowing.org.

Then you can either organise an annual registration for your boat through British Rowing as a non-EA based club or you can apply for a temporary registration from the EA itself.

Why would a club need a temporary registration?

Temporary registrations are for non-EA based clubs who may only compete on EA waters as a one-off. If you compete more often it is better to register your boats through British Rowing as a non-EA based club.

Temporary registrations are available for 7 consecutive days or 31 consecutive days and can only be purchased directly from the EA.

The EA can be contacted on 03708 506 506 or via boatreg@environment-agency.gov.uk.

What registration do I buy if a boat is to be used by juniors and seniors?

You will need to buy a standard registration. The junior registration is only available for boats used exclusively by juniors (with the exception of coxswains).

When I sell a registered boat do I retain the registration?

Yes, when a boat is sold you must remove the boat identification label and the purchaser will need to obtain a new registration for that boat using their club’s boat code. You are able to use the identification code of the sold boat on a replacement boat within your club.

Where can I get Boat Identification Stickers made?

NickoSticko can provide these. Other suppliers are also available; remember to request ‘marine vinyl’.

What are the insurance and boat safety requirements for powered safety or coaching launches?

Full details of all insurance and boat safety requirements are available at https://www.gov.uk/register-a-boat.

If you have any further questions please contact the Membership team: clubs@britishrowing.org.

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