RYA Scotland advice for boating

Boating Guidance for Scotland

TCC condensed version of what I think is relevant to us

Andy McRoberts Part of the Covid Team

FAQ’s in response to Scottish Government Temporary Additional Restrictions
To Stop Covid-19 Spread

10th October 2020

In order to stop the spread of Covid 19 the Scottish Government have
implemented new guidance which differentiates between five NHS Health
Boards in the Central Belt and the rest of Scotland. The Central Belt
comprises of Lothian, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Ayrshire & Arran and Greater
Glasgow & Clyde Health Boards

These notes and advice sit alongside our existing guidance for general
boating activities and Clubs and Centre Guidance and in some instances
supersede these documents temporarily. The following information aims to
address the implications on boating activity of the temporary restrictions that
come into effect for 16 days from the 10th until the 26th October 2020.

What boating activity can happen?

Organised activity at clubs can continue to take place in all areas for those
aged 17 and under.

Organised Adult (those aged 18 and over) ‘Contact Activity’ can continue
using ‘bubbles of play’ in the NHS Health Board areas out with the five NHS
Health Boards in the Central Belt.

Organised Adult (those aged 18 and over) activity can continue to take place
– with up to 30 people – within the five NHS Health Boards in the Central Belt
as ‘non-contact’ sport if physical distancing (2m) can be maintained at all
times and all relevant guidance (for organised activity) is followed.

Individual sailing and boating can continue throughout Scotland, including
within the Central Belt. Always be considerate of the risks in undertaking
singlehanded activity to ensure you can do so safely.

Cruising, including overnight stays can still go ahead provided it is with
members of your own household/extended household. We recommend
skippers consider carefully whether they should choose destinations in areas
currently under additional restrictions and the impact of their activities on their
chosen destination – #respectthedestination

Is boating a contact or non-contact activity?

It can be both. To enable activity across all disciplines of boating such as
double handers and mixed households on safety boats, keelboats and yachts
our guidance states that these are ‘contact sport’ activities.

If you can maintain 2m physical distancing at all times then those elements of
our sport would be deemed as non-contact, including training and racing
activity.

In the Five identified NHS Health Board areas, contact sport for adults is not
allowed to take place at this time.

Can I travel to my boat if is out with my NHS Health Board area?

With many boats requiring to be removed from moorings or winterised at this
time of year we recognise there can be a need to travel to attend to annual
maintenance. Again, you should think carefully about whether you need to
travel and when doing so you are asked to act with great care and follow all
measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. You should keep within your
household or extended household group unless you can maintain physical
distancing and have no more than 2 households and 6 people.

Can racing take place at my club?

If your club is within the Central Belt, then organised outdoor contact sporting
activity has been suspended for adults. This means organised activity,
including racing, for adults where 2m physical distancing cannot be
maintained, should not take place e.g. mixed household safety boats, mixed
household crews.

If your club is anywhere else in Scotland contact activity, including racing, can
still take place as described in our existing guidance.

Full detail on RYA site “return to boating

RYA UPDATE from 11th September

RYA UPDATE from 11th September

Condensed RYA Information I feel is relevant to TCC members

Test and Protect
It is now a mandatory requirement that facility operators collect and keep for 21 days, contact details for visitors to their premises. It is also now a mandatory requirement for organisers of boating activity, such as musters or regattas, to collect and retain the contact details for all participants. You should be prepared to give your details when requested.

In addition, the Scottish Government have launched the Protect Scotland App to reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.

Organised Outdoor Activities
The option to effect a field of play and suspend physical distancing, only applies to organised outdoor activity for which all participant details are recorded and that is co-ordinated and managed by a club, class association or recognised training centre. A Covid Officer should be appointed, who has undertaken and documented an additional Covid-19 risk assessment for the activity and implemented all necessary mitigating actions to ensure the health, safety and welfare of participants, coaches and officials. For our sport, outdoor activity includes Dinghy Sailing, windsurfing, Personal Watercraft, Cruising and Powerboating. Training inside Motor Cruisers, Sailing Yachts or Powerboats would be classed as indoor training and physical distancing must be maintained and any mitigating measures put in place. Please refer to our Clubs and Training Centre Guidance.

Physical distancing requirements are still in place
People must stay a minimum distance of 2 metres apart when meeting others from outside their household, unless in an organised ‘field of play activity’ via a club or training centre.

People can meet in extended groups outside with physical distancing
Revised social gathering rules: 6 people from up to 2 households can meet socially. (Under 12s from the 2 households are not counted within this limit). This applies in all locations – for example at home, in hospitality or outdoors in a park or garden. Limited exemptions apply.

We will always follow Government advice – Scottish Government

Additionally:

  • You may sail with up to one other household on a boat and with no more than six people in total.
  • 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.
  • Competition can now be organised in line with the RYA Scotland guidance to Clubs and Recognised Training centres
  • 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.

Andy

Return to Boating – Phase 3 – 21st August Update

RYA Scotland

Phase 3 – 21st August Update

General Guidance for Boating Activity

Key notes which apply to all boating activities:
Participants should be aware that the ongoing easing of restrictions in Phase 3 does not mean that all facilities will open immediately. Owners and operators will require time to put plans in place to ensure the safety of participants, staff and volunteers. Please be respectful of local challenges, this is a difficult time for everyone so please be patient.
Many commercial facilities now have toilet, changing and showering facilities open for users and visitors. However, facilities such as those at clubs or run by volunteers, may struggle to meet the strict requirements for opening these facilities and visitors should check ahead to ensure they understand what is and is not available.
Please keep up to date with local restrictions and be prepared for changes with little notice.
Test and Protect It is now a mandatory requirement that facility operators collect and keep for 21 days, contact details for visitors to their premises. It is also now a mandatory requirement for organisers of boating activity, such as musters or regattas, to collect and retain the contact details for all participants. You should be prepared to give your details when requested.

Cleaning information
We recommend you carry and use hand sanitiser which should be at least 60% alcohol based. Regularly washing of hands with soap and water is still preferable where there are the facilities to do so.
Detergent wipes need to be appropriate for the surface they are being used on.
Cleaning products should conform to EN14476 standard or any detergent will need to be followed by chlorine releasing agent. However, be wary of cleaning requirements for specialist boating equipment such as life jackets and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Be mindful of our fragile marine environment, do not release bleach products into the water and dispose of used wipes, gloves and masks responsibly. In addition, it may be worthwhile looking at best practice for general cleaning of equipment via – The Green Blue.

Physical distancing requirements are still in place
People must stay a minimum distance of 2 metres apart when meeting others from outside their household, unless in an organised ‘field of play activity’ via a club or training centre.

Travel restrictions are now relaxed
Subject to any localised restrictions. However participants travelling by car should only do so with members of their own household (or extended household).

People can meet in extended groups outside with physical distancing
Up to five households at a time and up to 15 people

Households can meet indoors with up to two other households
(total 3 households max 8 people) with physical distancing. This includes overnight stays.

Overnight aboard
It is possible for up to 8 people from 3 households to stay overnight aboard at the mooring or on the pontoon if physical distancing is maintained while on board. Visitor berthing is permitted. Before departing check local restrictions with mooring owners/associations/harbour masters. #Respect the destination. Plan ahead, be considerate on arrival and think of the local residents.

For Inland waterway users follow the link for further useful information. Scottish Canals

General RYA principles applying to all boating activity:

We will always follow Government adviceScottish Government

  • The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and well-being and to minimising pressure on front-line services. We have a collective and individual role to play by following the Scottish Government guidelines

We will, 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

Additionally:

  • 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.
  • Competition can now be organised in line with the RYA Scotland guidance to Clubs and Recognised Training centres
  • 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.

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 car-parking 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 physical 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.

Access to first aid kit

Following notification from the RYA that from 3rd July overnight stays are allowed on boats, we would expect an increase in attendance at the club.

To allow access to the overnight register, we have removed the padlock from the clubhouse door; this gives access to the vestibule where you will find;

The overnight register, the defibrillator and first aid kit; they can all be accessed in an emergency.

Due to Government and RYA rules the Clubhouse and the toilets remain closed until further notice.

We have found boat rubbish deposited in the COVID bins; they are for COVID related items only. Please take your rubbish home.

We trust that we can rely on your continued cooperation in keeping our club functioning and safe.

Thank You

For TCC
Clubhouse and Compound Convenors
Andy McRoberts & Kyle Stewart