Open Boating

19 September 2020 @ 12:00 – 17:00
The Den

Open boating session at The Den for all Sea Scouts and Explorers.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, boating sessions are limited on numbers, but this is obviously necessary to keep everyone safe – we can currently only have 15 young people on site at any one time, plus up to 5 leaders and helpers.

To help manage the numbers there is a change to how we normally run, and you will need to book your place in advance online. When you book, you are agreeing you have read and understood our COVID-safe guidance and restrictions.

How to Book

Sign up for sailing sessions at:

  • Select your days/boats, and fill in your details.
  • As parents need to agree to the specific measures we have in place, we ask you only sign up your own children.
  • Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

Guidance and Restrictions

Please read the following points in full to ensure your child has a fun and safe experience. There are a number of changes to how we normally operate, but we still aim to have great fun on the water.

  • Due to the rules on distancing, those from different households will not be able to sail in the same boat. We will therefore mostly be offering individual places on our single-handed boats; the Topaz’s.
  • Those from the same household will however be asked to sail together in either a Quest or Topaz, to maximise the amount of boats we have available for all.
  • Those helming the boats (whether single or double handed) will be required to hold an RYA Stage 2 certificate or higher. This is to ensure you are reasonably competent in a boat, to minimise the amount of close proximity contact you may require from the leader team.
  • Bring your own water bottle, drinks & snacks (there won’t be any available in The Den).
  • Participants will be asked to arrive ‘ready to sail’ where possible. We also ask that parents refrain from entering our site, to ensure we don’t go over our maximum numbers.
  • Participants are asked to provide as much of their own sailing clothing and equipment as possible, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids if you have them. You are also encouraged to wear your own sailing gloves if you have any, and participants are free to wear a face mask or covering if they wish.
  • You will need shoes to go afloat in as we no longer have a supply of these at The Den (wet boots or old trainers are ideal; wellys and flip-flops are not suitable).
  • Group equipment (splash suits, wetsuits and buoyancy aids) can still be borrowed, and will be disinfected after each use. Each boat will be washed down with soap and water after use, with ‘high touch’ areas additionally disinfected.
  • Participants will be asked and encourage to distance as much as possible. Please ensure your young people are reminded of this before attending The Den for activities.
  • The Den side of the site is currently a building site as we re-develop the building’s ground floor, with no changing rooms, or internal toilets or showers. Access to the main hall will be very limited. An outside changing area will be provided in the yard, but please note there will not be any secure storage. Please avoid bringing valuables to The Den, although leaders will be able to lock essential items in the building whilst we’re on the water.
  • A hose is available for ‘showering’ and there are two porta-toilets available for use.
  • Leaders and helpers will be maintaining distancing where possible, and wearing face masks where close contact cannot be avoided. Participants will need to be relatively competent in rigging, launching, sailing and recovering their own dinghy to significantly reduced the requirement for leader assistance.
  • Participants will be asked not to purposefully capsize or swim from their boats, and the safety boats crews will be briefed on techniques for managing incidents afloat, while maintain distancing.
  • Please remember that if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (including a temperature higher than 38c, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste), or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms within the last two weeks, please stay at home as a precaution and help slow the spread of the disease.

The Group has produced a COVID boating specific risk assessment which has been approved by the District Commissioner to help us manage and reduce the risks presented in the current climate. A copy of this risk assessment, outlining how we aim to keep leaders / helpers and participants safe, is available here.