Following on from the BDA Executive Meeting on 11th May we have updated our advice and information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) first published on 16th March.

Please note the BDA will review the advice in this statement on the 13th July unless there is a material change to the situation before then. We will communicate via the Crews@ mailing list, 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 and O1 Training

We are following UK Government guidelines which states that people should avoid unnecessary social contact and unnecessary travel and stay at home as much as possible. Based on this the BDA advises clubs to stop all group training activities until the foreseeable future. Some small group activity could be considered if within our guidance and not involving dragonboats.

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 guidelines on preventing the spread of the virus including “social distancing” and good hygiene when taking part in individual activities.

Following on from a lifting of some restrictions on small group activities and travel we have issued guidance where the use of training in an O1 could be considered. No activities involving a Dragonboat should take place.

For details of the guidance please go to our policy documents subsection, or click on the document here.

BDA O1 Coronavirus Guidelines V2.1

*V2.1 updated 2nd June 2020

Please ensure you stay up-to-date on advice on the NHS website (


You can access information on how to maintain good hygiene when training from the Sport England website:

Further Club Information

We would remind clubs that the BDA is here to support you. If you require support or help in some way, please contact the Executive Committee and we can discuss further:

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 July.

The current status of the EDBF European Nations Championships and IDBF World Club Crews championships in 2020 is available via the IDBF website and the EDBF bulletin. Both events have been postponed from 2020.

BDA Events

The BDA regrets to announce that as well as cancelling Liverpool on 26th of April, Exeter on 9th May, Worcester on 7th June, Milton Keynes on 13th June and London Royal Albert Dock on the 28th June, we are also cancelling Nottingham on 26th July and Wath Upon Dearne on 9th August.

The 2020 BDA Club and Racing Leagues have been set to null and void.  At this time the London Surrey Docks event and the National Championships n Nottingham are scheduled to go ahead in September. These two fixtures will be reviewed again on the 8th June.

The BDA will review the advice and information on this page at our next BDA Executive meeting on the 13th July.

Useful links:

Government Advice

NHS Advice

Sports England Advice

IDBF update