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: 24th May 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 24th May, further easing of restrictions will allow an increase in activity numbers, clubhouses to reopen, travel restrictions revised and indoor opening of licensed premises.
Full details and further guidance are available in the RYANI's Return to Boating Framework and FAQs.
The latest RYA Northern Ireland Guidance following recent announcements on activity and considerations
Considerations for running training activity in Northern Ireland
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
Considerations and advice for running racing activity
An overview of financial support for clubs and other organisations through the Covid pandemic
Link to Dept. of Communities guidance for sport, including facilities, changing and showers