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How to Join Boating Writers International

To join BWI, simply download the appropriate application in the link below, fill it in and send it to us with a check. You can also pay online.

  • Active members are generally writers, photographers, and broadcasters, and dues are $50 a year.
  • Associate members are generally public relations or communication firms and dues are $60 a year.
  • Supporting members are usually marine industry manufacturers or advertising agencies and dues are $175 a year.

Membership in BWI is from January 1 through December 31.

Have Questions? Contact us.

Three Ways to Get Involved

There are three categories of membership at BWI:

Active. Active status is available to any person engaged in writing, editing, broadcasting, telecasting, photography, art or lecturing, or who is employed full time by a non-profit organization or agency and engaged in communication, conservation, or promoting the recreational aspects of the marine or associated fields. Active members agree to assume all responsibilities of membership and will be entitled to all privileges of active membership. Dues are $50 a year. Download an Application

Associate. Associate membership is available to any person who does not meet the requirements for active membership but who works in the marine or an associated fields in public relations; who works in advertising or public information to promote specific products or services; who is paid to promote the use or sale of those products; and or who is a student of journalism with an interest in the marine or associated fields. Associate members agree to assume all responsibilities of membership and will be entitled to full voting privileges. They may be elected to the Board of Directors, may be appointed to a committee, and may act as committee chairperson, but may not be nominated for or hold the office of vice president(s) or president. Dues are $60 a year. Download an Application

Supporting. Supporting membership is available to any individual, association, or commercial firm engaged in manufacturing goods or providing a service marketed in the marine industry, and who has a common interest in the purposes of this organization. Designated representatives (up to three) of supporting members agree to assume all responsibilities of membership, may attend all meetings and functions, may take part in activities, may be appointed to a committee, and may act as committee chairperson. Supporting members do not have voting privileges, may not be elected to the board of directors, appointed to a committee or act as a committee chairperson. Dues are $175 per year. Download an Application


BWI Membership Benefits

Active Members

  • Receive the BWI Journal, published online nine times a year, keeps you advised of important goings-on with BWI and its members, leading marine companies and the industry as a whole.
  • Receive the first two entries to the Annual Writing Contest free ($50 value so you cover your dues with two entries.) Free entries require membership in year of publication and award year.
  • Are eligible to be selected to judge new product innovations with expenses covered.
  • Receive regular communications and networking opportunities with hundreds of industry colleagues.
  • May maintain an online profile at bwi.org in an annual directory where people go to find writers and communication firms.
  • Receive access to BWI’s LinkedIn pages with helpful discussions, tips and jobs listings.
  • Are eligible for early sign-ups to BWI’s webinars on craft improvement and managing a business.
  • Receive an invitation to BWI meetings and breakfasts at the Miami & Ft. Lauderdale boat shows.
  • Receive a personalized press card for active members free & easy access to boat shows.
  • And more…

Associate Members

  • Are offered high priority for their news in the BWI Journal and on the website.
  • Are offered use of the BWI logo for their website and promotional materials so BWI journalists know they’re part of the group.
  • Receive the BWI newsletter, to keep up-to-date on media, industry and association issues and news.
  • Receive an invitation to join BWI’s LinkedIn Group, enabling commentary on the issues important to journalists.
  • Receive an invitation to participate in BWI’s webinars, ranging from employing social media, establishing blogs, writing for the web, getting the best return from news conferences, and more to help enhance business.
  • Are included in networking opportunities with all BWI members, including the industry’s top journalists, marketing firms and manufacturers.
  • Receive an advance opportunity to be sponsors of the BWI Writing Contest, which rewards journalists and serves to improve the entire marine communications process.
  • Are eligible to serve on panels or forums as newsmakers.

Supporting Members

  • Receive online company listing with logo detailing products and services, the primary media contact, and company website.
  • Receive high priority for your news in the BWI Journal and on the website.
  • May use the BWI logo for promotional materials.
  • Receive the BWI newsletter, to keep up-to-date on media, industry and association issues and news.
  • Are invited to join BWI’s LinkedIn Group, enabling commentary on the issues important to journalists.
  • Are invited to participate in BWI’s webinars, ranging from employing social media, writing for the web, getting the best return from news conferences and more to help enhance business.
  • Are invited to networking opportunities with all BWI members, including the industry’s top journalists, marketing firms and manufacturers.
  • Receive an advanced opportunity to be sponsors of the BWI Writing Contest, which rewards journalists and serves to improve the entire marine communications process.
  • Are eligible to serve on panels or forums as newsmakers.
  • Click here for a flyer reflecting Supporter benefits.