Updated - 29/05/2020

As confirmed by the First Minister in her speech yesterday (Thurs 28th May), we are now allowed to take part in a wider variety of physical activity and exercise outdoors. All forms of boating are included in ‘water sports’ and are now able to be undertaken as your daily physical activity/exercise, provided that we continue to adhere to the guidance set out by the First Minister, including local travel and physical distancing. We are some way from ‘returning to normal’ within our sport and we need to respect people’s space, and take both care and caution when thinking about how to exercise.

Return to Boating

We have set up a separate ‘return to boating’ page which can be found here and contains Phase 1 general guidance and club guidance that can be used. Further detailed guidance for Phases 2-4 will be made available on the page as soon as is possible.

There is also additional information & guidance from the RYA to aid your planning for a return to boating, training activity, racing etc., however please remember that the government guidelines are different across the UK and so some elements don’t apply here in Scotland yet.

COVID-19 Support & Resources

RYA Scotland is aware that members, affiliated clubs and organisations and recognised training centres will still be worried about what is currently happening and what support they can access due to the Coronavirus.

We will continue to update this page to ensure our affiliated and recognised bodies have the most up-to-date information to support you at this time.

You can also access up-to-date information for all RYA members, clubs, affiliated organisations and training centres can be found at the Covid-19 area within the RYA website.

Connect Sessions – A Chance to Catch Up and Ask Some Questions

We are hosting regular on-line sessions with Members, Instructors, Clubs & Centres on a variety of platforms over the coming months so please check the calendar on our website and our posts on social media. The topics are generally driven by those on the sessions, however there is an increasing number of discussions about preparing to be ready to get back on the water. 

The Connect sessions on a Wednesday afternoon/evening are a regular feature of our support and a great place to connect, engage with other organisations and ask questions. You can book a space on these online sessions by clicking on the Eventbrite links for the appropriate times. A GoTo meeting invite will then be sent out as part of your confirmation email.

We currently have the following sessions organised:

Wednesday 3rd June - 4pm and 7pm

Wednesday 10th June – 4pm and 7pm

If you have any specific questions you would like answered as part of the discussions then please email admin@ryascotland.org.uk or contact one of the team.

RYA Covid-19 Access to Support Survey

We continue to build up a picture of the impact that Covid-19 is having on clubs and centres, what support is being accessed and what we can do to help. If your club or centre has not done so, we'd encourage you to complete the short RYA survey by clicking here 

Financial Planning:

The RYA has a financial planning tool that clubs and centres can use and also has some financial guidance which can be found herealong with FAQs.

Government Support:

There is a dedicated Scottish Business Support website with all the latest information on the various support measures around Corona Virus.

There is also a UK Government Cornavirus Business Support Tool which will help businesses and self-employed people in Scotland, and the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them.

Grants to support Non-Domestic Businesses:

We are aware of a number of clubs who have successfully applied for the one-off grants made available by the Scottish Government in regards rates relief and non-domestic businesses. The fund is administered by Local Authorities and you can access the two levels here – Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Suppport Grant and Small Business Grant.

Please note that original scheme has been widened to specifically include small sports clubs eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme but in receipt of discretionary sports relief. If you think you would like some further information or support on this then please contact us.

Third Sector Resilience Fund:

This fund is still open for applications from charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund’s primary intention is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period. Please check all the eligibility criteria here before applying.

Staff Employment

The Government have a lot of information around paying of staff during this time, including Job Retention/Furlough support, Statutory Sick Pay, Job retention support and deferring VAT and Income Tax payments etc. This link also has broader information on other support to business from the UK Government.

Self Employment

The UK Government measures to support those who are self-employed can be found here.

If you became newly self-employed (on or since 6th April 2019) then you can apply to the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund for a one off grant to help at this time. This Scottish Government fund is administered by Local Authorities and further information can be found here.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

This scheme can provide facilities of up to £5 million for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cash flow. Further information can be found here.


Clubs are strongly recommended to discuss their current position, and their plans to re-start boating, with their insurers and/or insurance brokers. Some clubs have had success in reducing current premiums as their boats are not in the water. Talking to your insurance company about your plans to go afloat will be a key part of Phase 1 and beyond as we follow Scotland's Routemap.

Other Guidance

sportscotland Guidance

The National Agency for sport has pulled together information to support clubs and community organisations around a number of key areas - Financial Support Available (as outlined above), How Clubs Can Stay Active & Connected and Frequently Asked Questions around Coronavirus & physical activity. The latest outdoor sport guidance for sports is also available here.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

There are some great resources to support us all during the coronavirus pandemic from SAMH for Scotland’s Mental Health. They have pulled together some information on the ‘Coronavirus and Your Mental Wellbeing’. It may be useful to share some of this information with your club members and committees who are not able to go about their normal business or get out on the water or visit the club at the moment.

Children’s 1st and Parentline also have some information to support families at this difficult time.


Updated 09:15 on 29th May 2020