For all the latest updates on Coronovirus COVID-19 please visit the RYA's COVID-19 hub page. We are working on a range of guidance and resources to help members and the wider boating community prepare for a safe return to the water. These resources will ensure that boaters can return to activities on the water as quickly and safely as possible and can be found on this page as they become available.

For RYA Guiding Principles

The RYA's guiding principles will underpin all guidance across the boating community.

1. The RYA will always follow Government advice. The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and wellbeing and to minimise pressure on frontline services. We all have a role to play by following the Government guidelines.

2. We will, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach

Be considerate: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services.

Be conservative: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating. 

          RYA Guiding Principles poster          

For RYA members and recreational boaters

From Wednesday 13 May, all forms of water-sports including sailing, windsurfing and motor-boating are now permitted.  In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the return to boating has not yet been confirmed.  We will continue to work with our Home Country colleagues to monitor the situation and to lobby for a responsible and safe return for boaters in all parts of the UK.

Please find all the latest information for recreational boaters on the RYA's COVID-19 hub page.


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For Clubs and Classes

The Covid-19 outbreak continues to be rapidly evolving situation that presents a number of complex challenges and decisions for all service-based organisations.

Please see links below for various guidance, resources, videos and forums about restarting boating and racing activity in the link below:

Online Club Development Forums  Sustainable Return to Boating Forum  RYA Return to Boating toolsRYA Return to Boating posters & social media images   General Advice & FAQs  Club Zone Video Playlist      Return to Boating video playlist  

For Recognised Training Centres

Following recent announcements and amendments to restrictions by the UK Government, we are pleased to confirm that in England at least, individual boaters are now once again permitted to go afloat. Unfortunately the many restrictions that do remain in place mean that in the vast majority of cases RYA Training activity is unable to take place in the UK at this time.

In other countries we are starting to see restrictions being lifted to such an extent that training can resume, subject to various mitigating actions being taken. To assist RYA recognised training centres consider if, when and how RYA Training activity should take place, we have put together the guidance below.


RYA Technical Services (Coding & Tonnage) during the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic - please find FAQ's for Surveyors, Inspectors, Measurers, Owners and Managing Agents here: