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Research suggests boating ison the rise

Boating is on the rise.

Boating is on the rise.

Participation rates in Scotland for boating and watersports activities surged in 2013 according to research released today by a consortium of marine organisations ahead of a National Watersports Month in May.

A total of 187,000 adults living in Scotland (4.5% of adult population) took to the water across a number of activities, with small sail boat racing, canoeing and motor boating/cruising proving particularly popular. This reflects an increase of 40,000 people (27%) in the number of participants from 2012.

Meanwhile, 729,000 adults in Scotland, just over one in six of the local population (17.4%), took part in the wider group of boating, watersports and coastal related activities which include cliff climbing, spending time at the beach and outdoor swimming.

The figures form part of a UK-wide picture which saw 3.5 million adults (7.1% of the population) take to the water in core boating activities. This reflects an increase of 23% in the number of participants from 2012 when 2.8 million adults (5.8% of the population) took part in at least one of the activities.

The age group 55+)have also swelled numbers, growing by over 50% since 2002 to 650,000.

 

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