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. Covid-19 preventative
measures are vital in keeping you, your family and others safe and to minimise
pressure on frontline services. The RYA will continue to support the National
effort to control the spread of Covid-19 and assist members of the RYA family
with any variations that might develop at a local level. We support the
Government’s desire to return to normality in a measured way and we recognise
that we have a role to play by providing guidance to the RYA community on the
application of the 2020 Regulations.
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
Following the Government announcement on Sunday 10 May, unlimited outdoor activity is permitted in England including all forms of boating. Restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also beginning to be lifted with boating activities now permitted in Scotland. For more information please follow the links below:
Boating in Scotland
Boating in Northern Ireland
Boating in Wales
Please find all the latest information for recreational boaters on the RYA's COVID-19 hub page.
Advice & FAQs
Return to Boating video playlist
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:
Q&As for English Clubs Restarting Boating Activity and Managing COVID-19 Online Club Development Forums RYA Return to Boating posters & social media images RYA Return to Boating toolsGeneral Advice & FAQs Club Zone Video Playlist Return to Boating video playlist
For Recognised Training Centres
As COVID-19 lockdown
restrictions begin to be lifted both in the UK and overseas, we have put
together the guidance below to assist RYA recognised training centres (RTCs)
when considering if, when and how RYA Training activity should take place.
There are a number of
temporary variations to the RYA conditions of recognition currently in place to
assist RTCs resume activity when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Please make sure you are aware of and comply with the latest guidance from the
government in the country in which you operate, as well as completing your own
Guidance for Restarting RYA Training Activity RYA Training in the UK Guidance for Restarting RYA Training Webinars General Advice & FAQs
For RYA Technical Services
RYA Technical Services (Coding &
Tonnage) during the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic - please find FAQ's for Surveyors,
Inspectors, Measurers, Owners and
Managing Agents here: