Members are expected to follow national guidelines as updated from time to time.
Members should read and follow the guidelines published by the RYA. It is important that:
We, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach
- Considerate of others: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and local communities. Do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services
- Conservative of risk: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating
- Individuals should sail singly or as a crew with members of their household group. If physical distancing can be maintained, you may sail with up to four other households on a boat and with no more than fifteen people.
- 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.
- Competitions should only be undertaken locally and informally at your own club where household, physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place.
- 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.
Specific guidance for types of boating in Phase 2
Plan - Your Activity
Planning your boating activity is key to ensuring you protect yourself and others around you.
- Consider your activity type, destination and timescales.
- Consider your options for changing pre and post activity.
- Check the weather, sea state, location of launching and the location you may be visiting during your activity.
- Check your destination availability – Do you have carparking availability? Is your intended mooring available? Have you considered rural community impact? Have you taken enough supplies to not go ashore or utilise destination shops?
- Do you have a contingency plan?
All these factors will help you support your decisions to whether you are able to participate in your activity. Planning to make your activity fun, safe and enjoyable is equally as important as planning to reduce the potential spread of COVID 19
Prepare - Your Craft
- Have you checked your craft is ready and appropriate for your activity?
- Have you checked your personal life saving equipment?
- Have you checked your communication systems?
- Have you planned the journey?
- Do you have a shore contact?
Deliver - Your Activity
- Be considerate of others on and off the water.
- Be conservative in your approach to your sport and do not take any unnecessary risk that may put you or others in danger.
- Avoid busy areas where social distancing is not possible.
We would recommend that you do not launch at locations where you cannot maintain physical distancing for example crowded beaches or hot spots.
Review - Your Activity
- How did it go?
- What impact have you had on your destination?
- Would you change any elements of the trip/activity/sport?
Consider how you can ensure you play your part in reducing the spread of COVID 19. By considering these factors you will be able to ensure your next visit to the sporting location will be potentially easier, safer and more enjoyable.
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