The RYA is encouraging would-be sailors to 'Push the Boat Out' and star in some short films

Novice sailors are being sought to star in Push the Boat Out videos as they experience the sport for the first time.

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is looking for people who’ve never been out on a boat or windsurfer but would love to. The national governing body for boating wants to take them out on the water, film their first day and show just how easy it is to get hooked.

The RYA is looking for a range of first timers, young people, families, pensioners, regular gym users or exercise avoiders, hardworking mums, overworked business types or curious hobby seekers to enjoy a day’s free local sailing or windsurfing experience with expert tuition.

The footage captured during these days will be used to create a series of short films about people taking to the water for the very first time and will feature ‘real life’ experiences.

These films will encourage other boating first timers to take part in RYA Push the Boat Out -a weekend of ‘have a go’ and taster sessions taking place at sailing clubs and centres across the country on 17-18 May, which are part of National Watersports Month.

To apply, email with contact details, address, a photo and 100 words on why you would like to try sailing or windsurfing for the first time.

Applicants should be available for one day between 22 April-02 May. The closing date for entries is 18 April 2014.

For more information about RYA Push the Boat Out and how to get involved visit

National Watersports month is an initiative by the RYA, British Marine Federation (BMF), British Canoe Union (BCU), British Rowing and British Water Ski & Wakeboard (BWSW) to encourage the nation to get on the water with a month-long schedule of activities.

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