Post COVID - 19 Return to Sailing - Notes for Volunteers

Thank you for volunteering at CVSS. Without your help we would not be able to provide this opportunity for disabled people. This past two years will have been especially difficult for them as many are vulnerable and would have had to be isolating with little opportunity for fresh air and exercise. This has left many of them feeling anxious about going out and taking part in activities, so please be patient with them, answering any questions and reassuring them if they are nervous. And please do you part in keeping them safe as well as other volunteers.

While there are no longer any legal requirements on numbers or distances it must be remembered that COVID -19 is still very much present and every care must be taken to minimise risk to sailors and volunteers. Many of the sailors have medical conditions that make them vulnerable and also many of them are extremely nervous about leaving their safe home environments. We all have our part to play to keep everyone safe.

CVSS has put in place practices and procedures to minimise the risks involved, follows RYA guidance and regularly reviews procedures, but nothing can guarantee protection from COVID - 19. We therefore remind sailors and volunteers that they are taking part at their own risk.

To help minimise the spread of COVID - 19 CVSS have

  • Carried out a full risk assessment and provided training for all volunteers
  • Requested that all volunteers have had two vaccinations
  • Have provided free PPE equipment for any volunteers, sailors or visitors to use if they wish. This includes face masks, gloves, hand gel, protective overalls and visors if required.
  • Installed signage to remind people about social distancing and the need to regularly wash hands.
  • Disinfect all boats, buoyancy aids and equipment between uses.
  • Adopted procedures to aim to ensure that groups are separated and to minimise the risk of cross contamination.
  • Adopted signing in procedures to ensure that contact details are available for the required period if needed.
  • Request that everyone entering the base has had a negative lateral flow test within the past 24 hours.
  • In windy weather conditions, sailing will be cancelled. CVSS will only allow sailing in winds up to 10-12 mph with gusts up to 15 mph. This wind speed limit is reduced to enable more sailors to sail independently or with carers / parents who are inexperienced sailors to minimise the risk of a rescue being required.

To help minimise the spread of COVID - 19 volunteers, sailors and all visitors are asked to

  • Wash your hands regularly. Hand gel is available.
  • To respect social distancing and if working in close proximity to others to consider wearing PPE.
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and avoid touching their face, nose and eyes.

Information for Volunteers

Registering your availability

  • Please use Three Rings to register that you are helping to avoid the need for sessions to be cancelled. Leaders can only offer sailing if there are sufficient numbers of volunteers so if Three Rings is not used they don’t know how many volunteers will be available.
  • Ensure that you have a negative lateral flow test within 24 hours of your booked session. Order from
  • Confirm that you have had two COVID vaccinations.
  • Volunteers must not have an underlying medical condition that would require them to shield


  • On arrival, please follow the signs to the CVSS welcome desk where you will be asked to sign in on arrival. Please use hand gel available.
  • Also use the NHS Track and Trace QR code if you are able.
  • Please indicate that you have had a negative lateral flow test
  • A temperature check will be made upon entry.
  • Do not attend if you have coronavirus symptoms, have had a positive test result or told to self-isolate or if someone in your household is infected.
  • Cars must be parked in the main Aquadrome car park. Only those bringing disabled sailors may drive into the park. We ask that spectators are limited to those accompanying sailors and please NO Pets. 

On the base

  • Please follow the guidance provided by the Leader. You are asked follow the instructions of your leader and not to mix with other groups.
  • You will be allocated roles at the start of the session during the briefing. These roles include working the hoist, preparing and cleaning allocated boats, issuing / fitting / cleaning buoyancy aids, shore officers, meet and greet welcomers.
  • Please let the leader know if you are happy to be a buddy sailor. Not everyone will want to do this and there are plenty of other tasks that can be done. We are encouraging as many carers / parents to buddy sail as possible to reduce the need for buddy sailors.
  • Social distancing is in operation throughout the site. Please observe the signage and directions of the leader. Please limit interactions with other groups.
  • Toilets are accessible from outside the wet zone.
  • Please bring your own buoyancy aid; one will be provided if necessary.
  • Please bring your own packed lunch and drinks.
  • If you are unable to adhere to these arrangements please do not attend. If you break these arrangements you may also risk being asked to leave the site.

Hoist Operation

  • Hoist operators must have been trained.
  • Only use the hydraulic hoist.
  • A hoist team for the session will be arranged by the leader.
  • Please ensure that the hoist spreader bar, handle and sling are all sanitised carefully after each use.


CVSS Trustees and Volunteers have taken every reasonable precaution to minimise the risks of Coronavirus COVID-19 through careful planning, risk assessments, training and procedures but this cannot guarantee safety for sailors, visitors or volunteers. People taking part in activities do so at their own risk and neither CVSS nor its Trustees accept any responsibility whatsoever for any COVID-19 related consequences of people volunteering or participating in CVSS activities or being present at Bury Lake.

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Frogmoor Lane
Rickmansworth, Hertforshire

Postcode for Satnav - WD3 1NB

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