COVID-19 Information and Return to Boating

The health and safety of the boating community in Northern Ireland remains our primary concern. RYA Northern Ireland is in ongoing engagement with government officials on safely returning to activity.

The RYANI fully supports the effort against COVID-19 and we would thank the boating community for doing their part in following the spirit of the regulations and guidance. It is possible to go boating as a recognised form of activity, following the rules outlined at that time, however restrictions for certain activities are likely to remain in place and may mean activity will need adapted or may not be able to take place at this time. 

The sport and leisure sector has been allowed as part of the first easing of restrictions, as such any activity should not go beyond what is outlined in this guidance. We also check other guidance in relation to relevant sectors in order to best advise members, clubs and organisations of what may be possible.

Latest Update:13th August 2021

The following update is based upon available guidance to advise the boating community of our understanding of recent announcements, guidance and Regulations. Sport and Leisure has moved through the various sub phases of Step 2 since early April.    

From 8th July: the Executive has put guidance in place for large gatherings and events regarding pre event lateral Flow Device testing.

From 30th July:  For outdoor venues (including sports facilities) the Executive advises (not through Regulations) social distancing to be adhered to. Where two metres is not viable, a minimum of one metre is recommended with consideration given to other risk mitigations. 

From 16th August:  Requirements on hospitality venues will change, with limitation on numbers seated removed.


RYANI's Guidance for a return to boating activity, based upon most recent announcements.

Frequently asked Questions on more specific elements for boaters and clubs/ centres

RYA Guidance on sailing & racing with participants from different households during COVID-19 in Northern Ireland

The RYA Covid hub with links to advice for other nations across the UK, international travel and other considerations

Advice for clubs and centres
RYA NI Club Guidance

The latest RYA Northern Ireland Guidance following recent announcements on activity and considerations

RYANI Guidance for training activity

Considerations for running training activity in Northern Ireland

RYA Major Event Guidance

Considerations and advice for running racing activity

SportNI Guidance on Testing for Events and Large Gatherings

Guidance for organisers and participants of large events/ gatherings

DfC Guidance on Safe Return to Sport

Link to Dept. of Communities guidance for sport, including facilities, changing and showers

Covid 19 Financial Support

An overview of financial support for clubs and other organisations through the Covid pandemic

Clubs and control of Legionella Disease

Club facilities (involving water supplies) will have been dormant during lock-down periods presenting potentially ideal conditions for legionella bacteria. Advice is available on remedial considerations for this