We welcome the latest announcement from the UK Government with its plan to come out of lockdown. Whilst there were dates set for some sectors it is not currently clear how it will affect sail training. We hope to have further information as to when we can start operating.
If you are considering making a new booking please do! If we are prevented from running the course/trip we will of course give you a full refund or credit note.
Below details the precautions we will be taking.
We are running Day Skipper, Yachtmaster and Ocean Yachtmaster Shorebased courses via Zoom along with the Offshore Personal Safety Course.
As current government guidelines stand we are taking bookings with the below in mind. As guidelines change so will our policy. For example whilst we would only allow a maximum of 3 people from different households plus the instructor on board at the moment there will come a point when we will allow 4 and 5 plus the instructor. If you book now for October, for example, you may find that the below ideas have changed and we have taken a full crew of 5 plus the instructor.
Out of respect for your fellow crew mates we would encourage you to isolate as much as possible for five days before the course.
When you join one of our courses or trips you will be creating a new family unit. A boat family! As a family unit we will do our best not to mix with others not belonging to our new family and we will enact social distancing with each other as much as possible.
There are various things we can and will do as listed below. However, anyone booking must realise it is not possible to socially distance from fellow crew mates at all times whilst on the boat.
What precautions are you taking to reduce the risk of us catching coronavirus?
Can I have my own cabin – yes.You will either have you own cabin or the saloon to yourself
How many people will be on board
We are reducing the number of people on board.
We will allow the following:
Can I sleep ashore – we would prefer you didn’t. You would be breaking the family unit and exposing everyone to outside influences eg hotel staff, B&B owners etc
How will food be prepared on board?
Food will be prepared be the crew as it usually would.Extra attention will need to be paid to hand washing.
Can I use the heads?
Yes.Plenty of hand soap will be provided along with cleaning spays to wipe down surfaces before and after use.
How will we socially distance on board?
As much time as possible will be spent in the great outdoors on deck.Our boats have sizeable cockpits and saloons.
Briefings can be conducted in a manner that allows people to stay 2 metres apart.
Briefings that don’t need to take place on board can happen on the pontoon.
The wheel will be wiped down whenever there is a helm change.
What about lifejackets and oilskins?
We will rotating lifejackets and oilskins so you will not be wearing ones worn by people on the previous course.
We will have contact details of everyone on board. If anyone feels unwell after a course we ask that you tell us straight away. We will then be able to inform other people from the same course.
What if the course can’t run?
As ever, if we are unable to run the course for whatever reason we will offer you credit to a future booking or a full and immediate refund.
Travelling from abroad?
Unless you can follow the quarantine guidelines at the time of your course please do not book.
What other things are you doing?
Each boat will get a thorough clean before you arrive and after you leave.FCS boats have always been kept clean to a pretty high standard – no real change in procedure here.
In the office we are keeping 2 meters apart
Meetings with instructors will be held outside or our balcony and 2 meters apart.