The Easing Of Lockdown Measures And What That Means For Boaters

The Government has today announced measures to continue the easing of lockdown. Importantly, this means that from Saturday 4 July all boaters in England will be able to stay overnight on their boats.

While longer journeys are now possible, and navigations are open in full, please bear in mind that booking for some passages and services will be required. Anything that is likely to affect your boating will be listed on the CRT website:

In Wales, you can go out on your boat if you can do it locally. This generally means not travelling further than five miles to where your boat is moored. There should be no overnight stays on boats, no landing in any place beyond the immediate local area and a return to the point of departure. The restrictions on staying local could be lifted on Monday 6 July, if conditions allow, and we will update further when this is confirmed.

Stay Safe, and Happy Boating.

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*Update* | Holme Lock, Navigation Restiction Loosened

This update is regarding the previous restrictions effective on:

Lock 8, Holme Lock, River Trent

As of Saturday, 20/06/2020, Holme Lock will be open for passage and operated by a lock keeper between the hours of 09:00 am and 1:00 pm, 7 days a week.

Booking passage through the lock will no longer be required and the lock will be locked outside of these hours.

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BSS Examination COVID-19 Suspension Lifted

Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Examinations, suspended in the COVID-19 related lockdown, have now resumed for most boat owners, but they will happen in a ‘new normal’ framework based on the latest Government guidance.
Following the UK Government request that those who cannot work from home, should restart work where possible, the BSS has lifted the suspension on examinations with a cautious framework designed to prevent transmission of the virus by the use of enforcing precautious distancing between the boat owner and the examiner. This mo1ve coincides with further government advice issued on Tuesday 13 May 2020, that private boating could resume on English waterways subject to conditions set by the relevant navigation authorities.
To help guide boat owners through what are the ‘new normal’ preparations for BSS Examinations, the BSS has created a dedicated webpage; visit to find out more.
We know those boat owners who are in self-isolation or who are shielding, especially but not exclusively liveaboards, will have many concerns about what this means for them. The BSS will not be able to provide Examinations safely for their boats.
Therefore for those people who are isolating or who are shielding, if their boat’s BSS Certification is due soon and their licence, registration, mooring or insurance usually depends on that Certification, The BSS recommends that those boaters talk with their relevant navigation authority, mooring management or insurer to explain their situation.
The BSS will issue further updates if there any changes in governmental guidance
affecting BSS Examinations, including any information from devolved regions.
If any boater would like to comment on this please forward those comments to your chairman who can pass them to the BSS Office.
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Latest CRT Coronavirus Update: 7/5/2020

Below is a link to the official Boat Safety Scheme update on boating examinations. Please give it a read as it outlines the scheme’s wish for boaters to book their examinations as soon as possible, but only if your circumstances safely allow so.

BSS COVID-19 Suspension – Planning for Changes

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How To Access The Latest CRT Restrictions, Help & Advice

To stay up to date with the current Canal & River Trust restrictions, help & advice surrounding the pandemic please follow the link below to their frequently asked questions page:

Stay safe all!

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