An update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as of 16th March 2020.

Please note the BDA will review the advice in this statement on the 13th April unless there is a material change to the situation before then. We will communicate via the Crews@ email address, on our website and on social media channels.

The British Dragon Boat Racing Association (BDA) Executive Committee has been monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation; especially the impact it could have on clubs, members and BDA events.

Club Training

We are following UK Government advice which states that people should avoid all unnecessary social contact and all unnecessary travel. Based on this the BDA advises clubs to stop all group training activities until the foreseeable future. As stated above we will review this advice on the 13th April. Clubs should continue to monitor UK Government advice on a daily basis and follow any updated guidelines that are appropriate.

In line with Government advice on staying active the BDA advises paddlers to continue, where possible, with individual training activities. Paddlers should keep in mind government advice on preventing the spread of the virus including “social distancing” and good hygiene when taking part in individual activities. Please ensure you stay up-to-date on advice on the NHS website (

GB squad/British National Training Squad(BNTS)

As with club guidance, we are also advising that all GB/BNTS training squads stop their group training activities for the foreseeable future. This will be reviewed on the 13th April.

The current status of the EDBF European Nations Championships and IDBF World Club Crews championships in 2020 is available via the IDBF website. The latest update is available here.

BDA Events

We are announcing some major changes to BDA Events.

The AGM on the 4th of April will move to being held online. Details on how to access the AGM and how to vote will be available this week on our website and will be communicated via crews@ and on social media.

Our first two League races of the season, in Liverpool on 26th of April and Exeter on 9th May, have been cancelled.

Our League races after May, including Worcester on 7th June, are still going ahead at this time but will be reviewed, as with all advice on this page, on the 13th April.

We realise this advice will be disruptive to clubs, members and GB/BNTS crews but paddlers health and safety are of paramount importance. 

Useful links:

Government Advice

NHS Advice

Sports England Advice

IDBF update