Following this mornings Government update we welcome a return to recreational water use.
All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft are now permitted under the new guidance (found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces)
We fully endorse the RYA statement below, and ask water users to remain flexible as further specific guidance will be given in due course.
“As we start to get back on the water, we advise boaters to take a considerate and conservative approach when planning to go afloat; be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services. Finally, proper preparation will prevent accidents and is a vital step to getting back on the water safely.”
If you are launching from a shoreside facility or using a Marina, please be patient with the facility’s decisions that have been taken to protect the safety of the facilities staff and users.
Please also ensure you follow the guidelines on social distancing below and staying safe.