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Updated 18th September 2020

General Guidance for Boating Activity

Canllawiau Cyffredinol ar gyfer Gweithgaredd Hwylio

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Key notes from the Welsh Government regulations and guidance which apply to all boating activities:

Most forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing and motor-boating (Powerboating and Personal Water Craft) are allowed, but should not involve taking unnecessary risks. You can access marinas, ports and harbours if they are open.

Meeting others

In a sport environment, Welsh Government guidelines allow larger gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors, where these are organised and supervised by a responsible person.

In a social environment, Welsh Government guidelines now allow gatherings of up to 30 people from different households outside as long as good hygiene and social distancing is maintained.  You can meet with up to 6 people from your extended household indoors.  This rule does not apply to those who are age 11 years and under.  

You are able to extend your household by joining with another three households to form a single extended household. However, you are only able to be part of one extended household and the extended household must contain the same people for the foreseeable future.

Guidance on sailing & racing with participants from different households can be found in the related documents on the top right.

Social distancing and good hygiene requirements are still in place

People should continue to maintain social distancing whenever possible from people outside their household, or extended household if they have formed one. 

Young children (those of primary school age or younger), it is less essential to attempt to maintain continual 2 metre distance between them, or between the children and any adults outside their household or extended household. This is in part because younger children cannot understand the concept of social distancing.

People should take all reasonable measures to ensure that a distance of 2 metres between all persons is maintained.

As of the 14th September, face coverings must be worn inside shops and other indoor public spaces.

In situations where it is not possible, they should ensure that other reasonable measures are taken to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus, in particular by limiting close face to face interaction and by improving hygiene; and provide information to those engaging in the activity about how to minimise risk.   Further guidance can be found here

Overnight Stays

Restrictions on overnight stays on boats which have appropriate hygiene facilities were eased on the 11th July. You can stay overnight on a boat, your own or bareboat charter, sharing with only your own or extended household.

Sport Facilities

As of Monday, 10th August all sport facilities, both indoor and outdoor will be allowed to open, but still face certain restrictions. Any control measures, following risk assessments should comply with Welsh Government guidelines provided in 'Sport, recreation and leisure: guidance for a phased return'. Link to the document can be found under related pages on the right.

Consideration should be given to:

  • providing an online booking system
  • Risk Assessments for both on water activity and use of shore-side facilities.
  • Management of those facilities including:
    • Signage
    • Flow of people through building
    • Sanitation
    • Building capacity  (max. number of people)
  • Clear protocols to support the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect strategy and the associated GDPR implications of retaining and making available people’s personal information as needed, both in terms of staff members and individuals in the training or play environment   
  • clear communication with users on hygiene standards and actions associated with anyone falling unwell.

Additionally, the club/centre, should establish a Covid-19 team and appoint a Coronavirus Officer within the club/centre structure, who should lead on all matters in relation to the use of facilities.

The hire of club or centre equipment should not be encouraged or should be minimised in its use. Cleaning guidelines of equipment and record keeping should be in place, normally set out by the manufacturer’s guidelines with 72 hours between use.

Clubs should consider the guidance provided in the Return to Boating- Club Guidance.  Link to the document can be found under related documents on the right.

If you are delivering any boating instruction/support, please remember:

  • Social distancing guidelines and good hygiene protocols should be maintained.
  • Current guidance for RYA Training Centres in Wales can be found in related documents on the right.
  • It maybe possible to open indoor class/ lecture rooms if social distancing and good hygiene protocols are maintained.   
  • For RYA Training guidance please see here

General RYA Cymru Wales principles applying to all boating activity

1. Our guidance

Covid-19 preventative measures are vital in keeping you, your family and others safe and to minimise pressure on frontline services. The RYA Cymru Wales, alongside 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. Our approach is considerate and responsible

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.

Responsible: help to minimise incident and accidents by taking an extra cautious approach to your boating.

Our guidance on safe boating remains unchanged: know your limits; look after yourself; keep in touch and, above all, have a plan. As the restrictions are relaxed, we advise boaters to think about these factors.  The RNLI and the RYA have also worked in collaboration to produce joint safety guidance to help ensure that this summer is as safe as it can be.

  • Individuals should only take part on their own or with others if social distancing and good hygiene can be maintained.
  • Participants are encouraged to use their own personal equipment during this phase, or to have equipment allocated to them for exclusive use during a set period. This equipment should be cleaned appropriately before being allocated to another user.
  • Participants must only take to the water in conditions well within their ability and which assume a self-sufficient approach to their activity.
  • Check your equipment thoroughly, particularly engines and fuel, as they may not have been used for some time.
  • Consider using a device to keep in touch such as RYA SafeTRX on a mobile or carry a VHF and notifying someone ashore of your intended activity, anticipated time afloat and calling them when you are back ashore safely.

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