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Boating Guidance for Scotland

Updated 30th April 2021

This revised guidance document covers the essentials of the current restrictions as they affect boating in Local Authority areas in Level 3 and the timetable for easing coronavirus restrictions until late June 2021 It is important to note that we fully expect this guidance to be revised and probably at short notice.

All of mainland Scotland moved to Level 3 on 26 April and join the other islands already in this Level, further alterations to Levels will be dependent on local suppression of the virus. It is possible for these levels to vary across Local Authorities and some may even return to higher level restrictions. Please check the most up to date guidance and associated restrictions for your local area as well as the area that you are visiting. Participants, clubs and centres should be prepared for restrictions to change at short notice and this may result in activity being adapted, postponed or cancelled. 

The information within this document is tailored towards RYA affiliated clubs and recognised training centres as well as individual members and the wider boating community across Scotland and is designed to aid your decision-making process and planning, not replace it. 

We remind everyone that any activity should be conservative of risk. The overriding message for Scotland’s boating community is to minimise risk wherever possible and we must all do our bit to stop the spread of the virus.

All planning decisions should be made using this information as assistance and considering both the current advice and all the unique considerations in which you operate. In doing this, clubs and training centres should use risk assessment tools and processes to make the most effective decisions, and individual participants should remain considerate and conservative in their boating choices.

Clubs and centres will also need to make sure that facility staff, volunteers and participants are made aware and can adapt to changes in guidance at short notice. Information on Scottish Governments approach to managing Covid-19 is available at Scottish Government: Coronavirus in Scotland.

All clubs and training centres should identify an individual as the Covid-19 Officer to oversee assessments for grounds, facilities and activity and implementation of mitigating actions and protocols. This is a mandatory requirement for any organised activity.


sportscotland has produced the Getting your Facilities Fit for Sport guidance. This is very pertinent to clubs and training centres in planning for activity. The guidance is applicable to all levels of the Scottish Government strategic framework and can be adapted to support other planning-based work being undertaken by sports, clubs and community organisations. 

If you have any queries about this most recent guidance, please do get in touch with the RYA Scotland Team.

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