How to ensure a safe return to boating

It has been almost three weeks since the Government confirmed that all form of water sports within England are now permitted.

You can read our last blog on the Government updates topic here.  As more and more people are set to return to the water over the coming weeks we have pulled together the most up to date resources to help you have a safe return to boating.

Please remember that the below is intended to provide guidance only and you should always refer to the Government website for the most up to date advice.

Whilst there are no restrictions on how far you can travel to outdoor spaces, don’t forget the rules are different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and you should check this before you travel.  To stay safe, you must also:

• take hygiene precautions when you are outside
• wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
• keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
• take hand sanitiser with you when you set off in case there are no handwashing facilities


Royal Yachting Association

The RYA have produced a return to boating page on their website which is being constantly updated with advice for recreational boaters as well as clubs, classes and training centres.  The page also includes links to the latest updates for boating in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The RYA Facebook page is also being regularly updated with useful information, which you can follow here.



Whilst some RNLI lifeguards have started returning to English beaches, they are still not operating at full capacity and you should consider this if you are combining your sailing with a trip to the beach.  The latest list of beaches with lifeguards on patrol can be found here.


Canal and River Trust

For inland boating, the Canal and River Trust has produced a coronavirus and boating FAQ.

From 01 June, the Canal and River Trust anticipate the majority of navigations will be open but you should expect some delays before the entire network is fully operational.  Some locks, bridges and other structures now have restricted opening times and others require advance booking.  You can find out more here.


Contact us

If you are considering a return to boating, don’t forget to check that your yacht or boat insurance is up to date and correct. If you would like an alternative quotation at renewal you can complete our online quote form here.   Or alternatively get in touch with the Admiral Marine team on 01722 416 106 for any advice you may need relating to your boat insurance.

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