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Advice for coaches, guides & ghillies

Our guidance for coaches, guides and ghillies on how to resume activities safely during the COVID-19 health pandemic. These guidelines are designed to help you prepare for phase one of our oplan to make angling compliant with current Covid-19 regulations.

Last updated: 10 May 2020

Guidance for coaches

How do I deliver a safe coaching session?
  • All bookings and paperwork to be completed online. It should also include medical requirements which should then be shared confidentially on a need to know basis. Ideally electronically such as text or email.
  • Allocate specific time slots and control numbers.
  • Risk Assessment completed and shared electronically with all staff and coaches. Verbal briefing before commencing activity carried out, including processes and procedures for infection control of Covid-19.
  • Handwashing and anti-bacterial gels or wipes should be provided and have the appropriate strength as set out by the government.
  • No food should be taken into, or consumed, in the coaching area. Personal drinks bottles allowed, but handwashing procedure, before consumption, must be adhered to.
  • Social distancing of 2 metres must always be maintained , unless in emergency situations. Procedures to cope with these possible occurrences should form part of the risk assessment and procedures in place to minimise contact.
  • All participants must have their own equipment and bait.
  • If you need support in managing bookings, a useful booking website can be found at : 
What about PPE and Disinfecting ?
  • Nitrile gloves , and the use of Personal Protective Clothing, if required, is encouraged
  • All equipment used during the session should be cleaned . Surfaces and areas of use should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, this includes gates, locks, handles, tables, boats , seats etc.
What happens if someone feels unwell or shows signs of Covid-19?
  • Any instances of participants or coaches who report signs of feeling unwell, should be provided with an area or room to isolate until leaving the venue.
  • All circumstances relating to breaches of the session guidance must be recorded and fed back to Richard Hadley at the Angling Trust.

Guidance for guides & ghillies

Items you should consider during your phase one return to angling

As a guide or ghillie when with clients you are in a working environment and therefore government guidance on workplace safety should be observed at all times.

Every guide will need to make their own decision as to whether they are able to offer the level of service and experience their clients would expect under current guidelines – for those who decide to offer services we would advise the following points are adhered to:

  • Guides/ Ghillies/ Instructors must not make physical contact with clients and at all time maintain social distancing guidance.
  • A dummy rod or set up must be used to explain techniques from a safe distance, no direct contact with client or equipment.
  • No sharing of cars, equipment or physical contact of any sort.
  • Care should be taken to ensure that the same person throughout the day ties all knots, lands all fish and handles their own equipment only.
  • 1 client to 1 guide ratio unless clients are members of the same household.
  • Weighing and photographing of fish should be carried out within social distancing guidelines.
  • All payments should be made electronically.

Further support

North Region

Daniel Williams

Darren Birch

South Region

Dean Asplin

Clive Copeland

East Region

David Munt

James Roche

West Region

Dave Evans

Richard Hadley

Regional Enforcement Managers


Kevin Pearson

07495 433620


Dave Lees

07495 433618


Nevin Hunter

07495 433622


Mark Gregory

07947 893664



Jan Kansik

07495 433615


Dave Wilkins

07495 433623


Paul Thomas

07495 433621

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