Organisations and Societies
The Association of Boat Safety Examiners (ABSE)
Represents the opinions of the Examiners who implement the requirements of the Boat Safety Scheme on the ground. Search for your nearest registered ABSE member.
Boat Museum Society (BMS)
The principal aim of The Boat Museum Society is the preservation of the historic boats, skills, knowledge and way of life of the waterways.
British Marine Federation (BMF) - Get on the Water
From boating holidays to buying & hiring. The British Marine Federation is the trade association for the leisure and small commercial marine industry.
Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA)
Trade association which promotes the development of freight traffic on inland and estuarial waters.
National voluntary organisation; campaigns for the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of Britain's inland waterways.
The Horseboating Society
Promotes horseboating to preserve its heritage and skills. Lists operators offering horsedrawn passenger trips.
National Association of Boat Owners (NABO)
Promotes the interests of private boaters on Britain's canals, rivers and lakes.
Residential Boat Owners Association (RBOA)
Represents and promotes the interests of people living on boats.
Rickmansworth Waterway Trust
Brings together people who are enthusiastic about canals, education and the environment – and about Rickmansworth.
Save Our Waterways
Campaigns on waterways funding - news and blogs.
Shropshire Union Fly-boat Restoration Society - Saturn
Saturn is the last horse-drawn wooden Shropshire Union Canal fly-boat in the world
Waterway Recovery Group (wrg)
Volunteers who help to restore derelict canals in Britain with weekend working parties and week-long work camps every year.
The Waterways Trust
Operates the Archives and the Boat Museums at Ellesmere Port, Stoke Bruerne and Gloucester Docks.
Wooden Canal Boat Society
Dedicated to saving, restoring and using old wooden working boats.
Young Waterways and Boating Society (YWBS)
Promotes UK canals to the younger generation with historic narrowboats and a social network of young working boat enthusiasts.