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EA Boat Registration

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


logo_green_enAnyone planning to keep or use a boat on Environment Agency (EA) waterways is required to understand the registration requirements and act on them.  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.

British Rowing has produced a map of the EA navigations, which lists the clubs and events on those waters, available to download here (pdf). Further information is available from the EA website.

To register new boats:

  • Log in to ClubHub and click on the Boat Register tile.
  • Select ADD NEW BOAT.
  • Insert the BOAT DETAILS (boat ID, name and type) then select NEXT.
  • Select ADD.
  • From the drop-down menus, select the required navigation waterway, season and license type. Select the green tick, then select FINISH.
  • From here you can add another boat, edit existing boats, or pay for pending licenses.
  • Finally, you can select your preferred method of payment and complete your purchase.
  • 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 icon.
  • The first 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. 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.

To renew existing boat registrations:

  • Log in to ClubHub and click on the Boat Register tile.
  • You will now be presented with a list of boats already registered on the system.
  • To add a license to a given boat select the corresponding TICK icon.
  • 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.

How much do registrations cost?

Reduced price registrations can be obtained from British Rowing.

The fees for annual registrations purchased from British Rowing are:

1 April 2023 – 31 March 2024

EA-based Clubs: Cost per boat

  • Standard Registration £30.72
  • Junior Registration £9.41
  • Coaching or/and safety launches:  £69.30

Non EA-based Clubs: Cost per boat

  • Standard Registration £18.16
  • Junior Registration £8.11
  • Coaching or/and safety launches £69.30

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.

Find out more


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 at:

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 ourselves as which can be found under your Club Details 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 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

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 – – 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

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.


“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

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

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

If you have any further questions please contact the Membership team:

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