Approved Aquatic Sport Sector Industry COVID Safe Plan

The QSport Aquatic Sports group representing all relevant water sports worked together to facilitate a viable reopening and resumption of aquatic sports across Queensland. Based on the collaboration of the group with input from QSport staff, Queensland Government Sport and Recreation staff and representatives from other aquatic industry groups and stakeholders secured the following:

  • Relaxation of the 1.5 metre social distancing for training (Stage 2), particularly for sports involving water craft that are conducted outside, have no contact and have distancing of an average of 1 metre in most crafts with participants facing the same way. For example: Dragon Boating will reduce maximum numbers per boat to 12, including 10 paddlers (instead of 20) plus a steerer and a drummer. White water rafting will request all paddlers to position themselves on the far edges of the raft.
  • A relaxation of 1.5 metre for training and/or competition (Stage 3), particularly if outside and for those sports with accidental and unintended contact (exemption whilst participating in the sporting activity only).
  • Permission to conduct activities for multiple groups (Stage 2 limited to 20 people) within venue capacity and density limits and taking into consideration the overall size of a venue and multiple facilities within a venue and social distancing observed between groups to ensure there is no co-mingling.
  • For the Aquatic Still Water sub-group primarily using pools as referenced in the QAIA Swimming Pool and Aquatic Centre Industry COVID Safe Plan.
  • For the Aquatic Open Water Sub-Group who are primarily operating from parks, beaches, facilities with vast space and where the activity occurs in open water the ability to facilitate multiple groups as venue capacity and density limits allow and social distancing requirements dictate combined with the safe operation of the sporting activity. For example: three (3) groups of 20, who arrive at location 30 minutes apart, use separate equipment and conduct activities separately on the water would meet the intentions of the health guidelines. In addition, the ability to return separately and depart a venue 30 minutes apart would ensure best practice. In a normal training session, there is up to 60 participants in three (3) separate, on water activities who do not come in contact with each other.

These relaxations are based on the following requirements:

  • Each sport in the Group has specific modified training and/or competition guidelines to adhere with Government recommendations and requirements.
  • The Group will adhere to any other specific venue specific guidelines or other industry COVID Safety Plans developed by other endorsed groups for each facility utilised by the group for training and competition.
  • Each sport in the Group will appoint a COVID-19 Safety Coordinator using the Sport AUS
    Position Description.
  • Clubs are to print, sign and display the Statement of Compliance, confirming it is operating in compliance with an Industry COVID SAFE Plan.

On this basis, the below Non-contact activity is permitted for up to 20 people in Stage 2:

and the below Standard activity is permitted for up to 100 people in Stage 3:

The Aquatic Sport Sector Industry COVID SAFE Plan, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Summary documents can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Aquatic-Sport-Sector-Industry-COVID-Safe-Plan
PQ COVID Safe Plan Stage 2 Summary
PQ COVID Safe Plan Stage 3 Summary

We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and hope you and your family stay safe during these challenging times.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should any further information be required,
at eo.qld@paddle.org.au or on 0414 960 728.

Yours sincerely,


Scott Sharples
Executive Officer

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