post covid-19 lock down planning

Prepare - Inform - Prevent - Recover

As expected some amendments must be made to our usual operating procedures. Please review the information below so you know what to expect and what we are doing to maintain best practice. Our aim is to safeguard your and our staff's health and minimise the risk of infection. This means adding alot more thought from us and you to how our training days operate... 

DISCLAIMER: Please remember it is simply not possible to carry out or guarantee complete disinfection, the goal is to minimise risk.


PREPARE:

What you need to do:

  • Maintain social distancing
  • Carry out additional hygiene measures i.e. regular hand washing
  • If you are: Vulnerable / at risk staff or advised to shield: we request you not to attend training
  • Students whom develop COVID-19 symptoms or live with someone who does will need to self-isolate for 14 days
  • Travel arrangements - where possible, it is requested that public transport is not used
  • Classroom sessions during practical powerboat & PWC (jetski) courses will be taken outside for the foreseeable future, so please dress for this. If inclement weather is expected these sessions will be facilitated online via Zoom. 
  • Only book to attend a course with a member of your own household or with one person from another household

What we are doing:

  • Our classroom and craft will be prepared for occupancy & key touch points will be identified and hygienically cleaned between each course
  • Our staff are briefed on additional hygiene measures implemented and social distancing 
  • Our staff that are: Vulnerable / at risk staff & those advised to shield: are requested not to come to work
  • Staff whom develop COVID-19 symptoms or live with someone who does will need to self-isolate for 14 days
  • Travel arrangements - where possible, staff will not use public transport 
  • Classroom sessions during practical powerboat & PWC (jetski) courses will be run outside for the foreseeable future. 


INFORM:

What you need to do:

  • Afloat Courses: Students will be asked to bring their own clothing to wear afloat including waterproofs
  • Eating & drinking: all instructors / staff & participants will be asked to bring their own food & drinks to the course. These will NOT be provided.  
  • Seating will be reasonable distance between each person (if feasible 2m), if not feasible people should be sat side by side rather than facing each other (see additional guidance below)
  • ill-health & symptoms will be reported before attendance is confirmed 

What we will do:

  • Afloat Courses: Instructors will be asked to bring their own clothing to wear afloat including waterproofs
  • Eating & drinking: all instructors / staff  will be asked to bring their own food & drinks to the course. 
  • Seating will be reasonable distance between each person (if feasible 2m), if not feasible people should be sat side by side rather than facing each other (see additional guidance below)
  • Any close contact should be kept to 15mins or less
  • ill-health & symptoms will be reported before attendance is confirmed


PREVENT:

What you need to do:

PPE and protection

  • 70% alcohol hand gel will be provided and should be used 
  • Plastic gloves are recommended & should be disposed of safely. PHE however does not advise masks in public places and for those working in schools and similar settings.  It would be individuals choice as to whether they wear a face/mouth covering. 
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own plastic gloves, where possible plastic gloves will be provided.
  • Regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds will be encouraged
  • Hand sanitisation / Alcohol handgel will be available for use
  • Social distancing measures will be implemented

What we will endeavour to do:

PPE and protection

  • 70% alcohol hand gel will be provided and should be used prior to coming on site / into our classroom
  • Plastic gloves are recommended & should be disposed of safely. PHE however does not advise masks in public places and for those working in schools and similar settings.  It would be individuals choice as to whether they wear a face/mouth covering. 
  • Provide plastic gloves for all instructors & participants if they do have their own
  • Provide 'snoods' to use as face covers for all instructors & participants if they do not have their own face covering. 
  • Regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds will be encouraged
  • Key touch points in & around classroom and onboard craft will be identified and sanitised 
  • Hand sanitisation / Alcohol handgel will be available for use
  • Social distancing measures will be implemented

PWC (jetski) Courses:

What you need to do:

  • Course Bookings: If you are attending training with members of your own household, with  a maximum of 4 students per course.
  • Bring appropriate clothing for the weather as shorebased aspects of the course will be run outside. Where this is not possible due to inclement weather a Zoom session will be run by a member of our training team.

What we will endeavour to do:

  • 1 x PWC will be towed out of the marina into a safe area / open water by the RIB, student familiarisation session will be run with an Instructor demo, followed by practice without the instructor onboard the PWC but within near vicinity to the RIB. Only once students are competent with slow speed familiarisation will they be taken back into the marina to collect the other PWC. 
  • Theory aspects of the course will be run outside maintaining social distancing. Where this is not possible due to inclement weather a Zoom session will be run by a member of our training team.

Powerboat Courses:

What you need to do:

  • Course Bookings: If you are attending training with members of your own household, with  a maximum of 3 students per course OR if you are attending with a friend / family member from outside your household a maximum of 2 students per course 
  • Bring appropriate clothing for the weather as shorebased aspects of the course will be run outside. Where this is not possible due to inclement weather a Zoom session will be run by a member of our training team.
  • Bring plastic gloves & face covering for use throughout the course. Where you do not have your own we will provide plastic gloves and a 'snood' style face covering for your use. 
  • Be conscientious about not touching your face & during a cough or sneeze do so into your elbow. 
  • Each student will be allocated a kill cord for use during the course. 

What we will endeavour to do:

  • Theory aspects of the course will be run outside maintaining social distancing. Where this is not possible due to inclement weather a Zoom session will be run by a member of our training team.
  • Allocate 1 x kill cord per student. 
  • Instructors will wear face covering & plastic gloves
  • Issue gloves and face coverings to student/s whom do not have their own. 
  • Follow and encourage social distancing

RIB Seating arrangements:

Key:

Student

Instructor


  • Seating arrangements when onboard the RIB are considered to ensure maximum social distancing.
  • When carrying out 'crew work' at the bow, social distancing measures will be observed. See details below. 
  • Stern 'crew' work will be carried out by the student/s sat at the stern of the vessel. 
  • Instructor will always be within reach of the controls for safety reasons

Usual seating arrangements (as below) will not be utilised until COVID-19 social distancing advice/measures have been lifted:


One to one courses:

Seating when underway:

Instructor sat on the starboard sponson alongside the console

Changing Helm position:

When changing helm position the RIB will be stopped in a safe & clear position & the engine turned off. Helm swop as shown:

When Students that are NOT from the same household:

Seating when Underway:

Instructor sat on the starboard sponson alongside the console

Changing Helm position:

When changing helm position the RIB will be stopped in a safe & clear position & the engine turned off. The instructor will move into the bow & the students will swop helm position as shown below:  

NOTE: students face outwards / away from each other whilst changing position

Seating during Marina Work:

Instructor will still be positioned within reach of the controls. A student will be sat on the forward starboard sponson adjacent to the console & holding onto the the grab rail ready to deal with bow lines etc. Where possible, helm change over will occur when alongside the pontoon to enable social distancing.

When Students that ARE from the same household:

Seating when Underway:

Instructor sat on the starboard sponson alongside the console

Changing Helm position:

When changing helm position the RIB will be stopped in a safe & clear position & the engine turned off. The instructor will move into the bow to enable social distancing & the students will swop helm position as shown below:  

 

 

Seating during Marina Work:

Instructor will still be positioned within reach of the controls. A student will be sat on the forward starboard sponson adjacent to the console & holding onto the the grab rail ready to deal with bow lines etc. 3rd Student acting as crew will be at the aft ready to deal with stern lines etc. Where possible, helm change over will occur when alongside the pontoon to enable social distancing.


Powerboat Instructor Training:

  • Limited Course Numbers: Maximum 2 x students per boat when the Trainer is onboard, when running a 2 x boat course, there can be 3 x students on the second boat following the guidance noted within 'powerboat courses' section. Exceptions will occur when students are attending from the same household.
  • Plastic Gloves will be worn onboard the powerboat by all, students & staff will be conscientious about not touching their face & during a cough or sneeze will do so into their elbow. 
  • Theory classes will be taken outside following social distancing measures, where this is not possible due to inclement weather a Zoom session will be run by a member of the Training team

PWC Instructor Training:

  • Limited Course Numbers: 3 x people per course, 1 per PWC
  • Plastic Gloves will be worn if/when onboard the powerboat, students & staff will be conscientious about not touching their face & during a cough or sneeze will do so into their elbow. 
  • Theory classes will be taken outside following social distancing measures, where this is not possible due to inclement weather a Zoom session will be run by the Trainer

Shorebased / Classroom Courses & Exams:

Limited Course Numbers: 4 x people per course to ensure social distancing between students in the classroom

 

Classroom Layout: A layout similar to the adjacent image will be  used to ensure social distancing 


FIRST AID: Demonstrations of good CPR practice will be given by instructor, students shall practice without face to face contact with manikins or giving breaths. Manikins will be cleaned with alcohol based products between uses.  

 

VHF: Gloves will be worn when using VHF training sets + alcohol hand gel will be used by all students

 

NAVIGATION: Gloves will be worn by all, navigation equipment will not be shared unless students are from the same household. 


RECOVER:

  • Effectiveness & viability of the above will be monitored by management 
  • Lessons learnt will be reviewed regularly  & procedure amendments made where needed

faO: instructors - end of course ARRANGEMENTS:

  • Key touch points will be cleaned with alcohol gel including those onboard the RIB / PWC 
  • All lifejackets / clothing / equipment used will be boxed or bagged up in bin bags provided with a knot tied in the top - Principal to collect and carry out necessary cleaning between courses. 

Lifejacket cleaning:

The Life Jacket Association (LJA) provides the following guidance.  For more information on the LJA please visit their website at www.lifejacketassociation.org

If you think your product has been exposed to a virus, clean as recommended by the manufacturer and then let dry in warm, low humidity environment for at least 72 hours before reuse.

Manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning your PFD:

 

CLEANING AND STORING YOUR PFD:  To clean your inflatable PFD, hand wash or sponge down in warm, soapy water, taking care not to submerge the inflator. Rinse your PFD with clean water and hang to dry on a plastic coat hanger. Do not dry-clean, use chlorine bleach, or apply direct heat. Always store your fully dried PFD in a warm, dry, well ventilated place out of direct sunlight.

Inherently buoyant PFDs (foam) are cleaned in the same manner except they may be fully submerged.

 

If you must reuse your product within 72 hours, the following precautionary guidance is suggested.

  • COVID-19 virus may exist 3 days on or in clothing.  Virus can exist longer on porous surfaces.
  • Synthetic fabrics, plastic and metal surfaces may harbor the virus longer.
  • Buckles, zippers, other hardware and hook/loop fasteners (e.g. Velcro®) are hard to clean due to crevasses and metal/plastic construction.
  • Using 60 – 90% solutions of alcohol sprayed/wetted on these components is acceptable.
  • Avoid spraying inflatables with specific disinfectants that are detrimental to the fabric. e.g. bleach-based products.
  • Do not machine launder life jackets.
  • Life jackets should be hand-washed with gloved hands – wash as hot as possible (< 60C) to kill virus.
  • Ensuring complete drying is critical, heated air drying is encouraged < 60C
  • Virus likes moisture and can survive in cold – virus dies by drying out and by heat, which some fibers can enhance.
  • This pandemic is a new challenge and it is truly not known how all materials and the virus respond to laundry.
  • If hang to air dry, allow 72 hours (3 days) before reuse. 
  • Do not share garments.

 

DISCLAIMER: Remember it is not possible to carry out or guarantee complete disinfection, the goal is to minimise risk.

Contact us:

Telephone: 

Tel: +44 (0) 1202 024111

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Our Locations:

Powerboat & Jetski Courses: Port of Poole Marina
Shorebased Courses: Romany Works, Poole

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