Thanks to the general public involved all over the year, water sports have long been an important link between the ocean and the people, whether they are residents or tourists. The nautical activities have in fact sharply turned their development towards the discovery, protection and promotion of the territories, as well as the professionalization of the structures of reception.
Watersports centers and marinas have a great potential to become a showcase on the ocean, open to all, which through education, sports, leisure and big ones will raise awareness and mobilize the general public about the major maritime issues in our territories. Water sports will, in fact, play an important role in the mobilization of populations to design a major strategic project linked to the sea.
The project "Development of Atlantic Watersports Network - D.A.W.N. " allowed to create an in the Atlantic Area an internationally recognized network of excellence for the sustainable development of water sports, and to establish a relevant and sustainable structure for the coordination of sports nautical activities in the Atlantic region named the Atlantic Watersports Committee.
The DAWN project has made it possible to work more precisely on the European priorities for sport development by enabling water sport stakeholders from the European Atlantic Area to
• Formalize a network: Atlantic Waters Committee
• Strengthening cooperation with institutions in the Atlantic area: CPRM Atlantic Arc Commission and Atlantic Arc Cities Conference
• Improve sharing of good practices: Conference Atlantic Watersports Conference
• Mobilizing Youth: Workshops, Testimony and Round Table
This project won the Atlantic Award for Accessibility and connectivity handed by the Atlantic Strategy Group which is composed of representatives of the five Atlantic Member States and of the European Institutions