1 March 2024

As part of IWA’s work in support of the multi-organisation Fund Britain’s Waterways (FBW) campaign, a survey has been launched aimed at gathering crucial insights from boaters regarding their experiences while cruising in 2023. This initiative is a vital component of FBW’s ongoing campaign to secure funding for all waterways and navigation authorities across Great Britain.

The survey seeks to understand the nuances of boaters’ experiences, focusing on the impact of various aspects of waterway conditions on their enjoyment and the ability to complete planned routes within the allotted time. Boaters are encouraged to share both positive and negative experiences, highlighting instances such as efficiently resolved stoppages.

“This survey serves as a pivotal tool in our campaign,” said Sue O’Hare, Deputy Chair of IWA. “Not only will it provide us with valuable insights into the recent condition of our waterways, but it will also establish a benchmark for future assessments, particularly in the event of potential funding reductions.”

Boaters are urged to participate in the survey, which can be accessed via the following link The survey guarantees anonymity, ensuring that the data collected remains confidential.

The survey is open until Friday 29th March 2024. Results are planned for public release in Spring 2024 and will be shared with navigation authorities to inform decision-making and resource allocation.

To ensure widespread participation, boaters are encouraged to share the survey link widely within the boating community.