The Welsh Government is asking everybody to observe the following key behaviours to keep Wales safe:
always observe social distancing (also known as physical distancing) – stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from others (who are not part of your household or extended household), indoors and outdoors
wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitiser if access to soap and water is not
The RYA Cymru Wales is continuing to review the latest legislation and Government guidance and has prepared a set of FAQs based on what we believe the guidance means for recreational boating in Wales.
Based on the information we have received from Welsh Government, we believe that RYA practical training for leisure purposes may recommence at centres in Wales, with some limits still in place.
From 7th June regulations limit participation to outdoor regulated gatherings (formerly known as organised outdoor activity) up to 4,000 standing or participating.
There need's to be a thorough risk assessments and clear mitigating measures in place to minimise the risk of transfer of infection. This should include maintaining social distancing of 2 metres both ashore and afloat and an appropriate test, trace & protect protocols.
From 17th May regulations limit, indoor organised activities for adults (up to 30 participants) and Under 18’s (no limit on numbers) can place, as long as social distancing and good hygiene protocols can be maintained.
We have received confirmation that all forms of boating are classified as sport, and training in these boating activities is also classified as organised sport. This includes instructor training. Organised sport is defined as activity “by a business, a public body, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution, or a club or political organisation”.
When relying on these mitigations, the following RYA guidance must be considered:
Temporary adjustments to the RYA Conditions of Recognition
General and scheme-specific considerations for running RYA training activity
RYA Guidance on Sailing and Racing with Participants from Different Households during Covid-19 in Wales
Social distancing requirements remain in place which may require a reduction in the number of participants comply. When delivering practical training to novices, their lack of experience must be considered, which may lead to measures beyond the guidance above being put in place.
We would encourage centres to continue to put in place appropriate measures to mitigate against the spread of coronavirus and to remind all staff, volunteers, and students of their importance.
It is possible to use indoor facilities include below decks and fully enclosed wheelhouses.
Overnight stays away from your home in self-contained accommodation are allowed. Therefore, overnight stays on yachts, unless the accommodation is self-contained, is not currently possible.
Classroom use may resume with good hygiene measures and ventilation in place. Please see further details in the RYA Cymru Wales COVID 19 Club & Centre Facilities Guidance
The current legislation indicates that training and/or assessment being undertaken for work purposes may continue, assuming, of course, the usual risk assessments are undertaken, and mitigating actions are taken to minimise the risk of infection.
Instructor training, including any compulsory qualification for the instructor award, such as first aid, is permitted as work-based training. This means that following a suitable risk assessment to identify safe numbers and the related measure required to comply with social distancing, training may take place indoors and outdoors.
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RYA practical training for all disciplines can take for all centres in Wales, both indoors and outdoors. It has been possible to run organised activities for under 18’s since 12th March, numbers for under 18’s are unlimited. Outdoor regulated gatherings (formerly known as organised outdoor activities) are limited to 4,000 standing or participants including the instructors, coaches or trainers and other on-water volunteers.
Anybody who is there to organise or support the activity , if they are working or providing a voluntary service, can also attend and do not need to be considered within the limits.
RYA Training Centres (this can be the same person for club activity, if relevant) should appoint a responsible person/s referred to as the ‘COVID officer’, to act as the point of contact on all things related to COVID-19.
RYA Shore based courses can take place indoors, however classroom use will remain restricted, by the space, the need for adequate social distancing and ventilation. Numbers indoors are currently legally limited to 30. The use of either suitable outdoor teaching or briefing areas, and/or online virtual learning should be considered for theoretical parts of a course, if this helps with space.
Simultaneous gatherings of groups and individuals in the same location are allowed, where there is sufficient space to do so safely and independently. Please consider social distancing both ashore and afloat when planning.
From May 3rd outdoor education day visits resumed, whilst from May 17th single occupancy residential visits may be able to happen – so single family in one room/tent and not shared facilities, and day provision of educational outdoor learning activities. Please check with your Local Authority as local guidance may vary.
Yes, practical instructor training for both Adults and under 18’s may be delivered from the April. For further details on modifications for specific instructor courses please see the organising instructor courses page.
Yes, and no, under the ‘RYA Guidance on Sailing and Racing with Participants from Different Households during Covid-19 in Wales’ for activity organised for under 18s at an RTC and following RYA Cymru Wales and Welsh Government guidance. At present, it should be possible to recommence organised activity for from 26th April. We do not believe students of L1 or L2 courses in the dinghy sailing scheme have sufficient ability to maintain social distancing and therefore would only recommend mixed crews on courses at Level 3 or above, or the advanced modules in the YSS. It is worth considering that many people will be reluctant to sail in such with others outside of their household.
Indoor Facilities can open from the May, however changing rooms and showers are an area of increased risk of transmission and their use should be avoided, where possible. All venues should encourage participants to arrive already changed and, where possible, to travel home to change/shower.
If changing rooms and showers are to be used during inclement weather, measures should be put in place to limit numbers, appropriate cleaning protocols.
Toilet facilities can be accessed. Further details on changing room use and management can be found in the RYA Cymru Wales COVID 19 Club & Centre Facilities Guidance
Inspections will start to be organised from 1 April, and centre inspectors will begin contacting their allocated centres. Where a centre is operational a physical inspection should take place. Where a physical inspection can't take place then a virtual inspection remains an option.
Yes, spectators are permitted, but it's worth noting that they are counted within the numbers for an outdoor regulated gathering and therefore need to be part of your Test, Trace & Protect protocols.
The Welsh Government has issued guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation and working safely during coronavirus and this has formed the basis of this guidance for RYA Training centre's in Wales.
In addition to the information above, centres should ensure they are familiar with the temporary adjustments to the RYA Conditions of Recognition and the General and scheme-specific considerations for running RYA training activity.
If you have any questions, or want to discuss any of the guidance in further detail, please contact the RYA Training team by email@example.com or calling +44 (0) 23 8060 4181.
Guidance for organisers of activities for children and young people aged 18 and under.
Guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses to keep employees and visitors safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A short summary of the 5 key steps we need to take to keep everyone safe - together
All of Wales is currently at alert level 2. Find details of recent changes here.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs), including common questions related to sport, exercise and outdoor activity, are published and updated for each alert level. More detailed advice on sport, recreation and leisure can be found here.
Details of how Welsh Government offer COVID-19 testing to workplaces including lateral flow tests