covid-19 policy


If you or any member of your household have suspected Covid-19 symptoms – you MUST stay at home in line with government regulations and you must not visit the Centre during the self-isolation period. 

Social Distancing must be maintained at all times at DSWC in line with the government’s regulations. 

Social Distancing also means that you cannot rely on staff or other users helping you with tasks in the way we would normally take for granted. So, consider what you want to get done whilst at the Centre and ensure you can safely do so on your own. 

  • Main Gate: The gates will generally be open but we may close them to ensure adequate social distancing can be maintained. 
  • Toilets: We have a newly fitted external toilet block that is now open, please adhere to the one way system that is in operation.
  • Changing Room Areas and Showers will remain closed and are not to be used. 
  • Building and Storage Spaces will remain closed and are not to be accessed. 
  • Refreshments/Drinks – users need to bring their own refreshments and drinks to the site. 
  • Users on site To reduce the number of people on site all activities are on a pre-booked basis, you will need to book a space on the sessions via the website. 
  • Under 18’s on site – parents/guardians are responsible for any under 18’s from their own household at all times, and that social distancing rules are adhered to. Please make yourselves aware of our Youth Supervision Policy that can be found in the FAQ’s


  • As you will not be able to use the changing rooms, please come up with an alternative plan. If you are staying shore based, you may not need to worry about this. 
  • But if you are planning on going afloat – you will need to think about either travelling to/from the Centre in your watersports attire kit or getting changed by your car. 
  • If the latter, please bring the means to do so with decency for the sake of yourselves and other members (and from a safeguarding perspective if younger users are on site). 
  • Consider investing in a changing robe – which will also help you keep warm too. 
  • The wetsuits are currently unavailable, if you require one you will need to supply it yourself.


  • Government guidance permits boating activity as a daily exercise activity – but other key rules apply such as social distancing at all times (apart from with members of your own current household) and gatherings of more than two people from different households are prohibited. 
  • Users who choose to visit the Centre in this capacity and/or to go on the water do so at their own risk. 
  • We are all individually responsible for complying with the latest Government regulations, so the onus is on you personally to ensure that you do so, regardless of the guidance below. 
  • Additionally, whilst the Safety Boats are operational and should still be used in an emergency – this does, of course, put staff at risk as it is difficult to socially distance when coming to someone’s assistance. Therefore, it is imperative that we all do everything in our power to keep ourselves safe and not put them as well as ourselves at risk. 
  • Weather – Take a good look at several forecasts and remember to check the conditions either side of when you plan to go out. For example, if you are planning an afternoon sail and a Force 6 is forecast in the evening, it is entirely possible that it will show up earlier than forecast and could catch you out. When you get to the Centre, spend a few minutes checking the conditions are consistent with the forecast and have a good look for any potential changes in weather on the horizon.



Be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on Others. 


Help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating.