In a post Covid-19 world I am keen to restart my business whilst complying with the regulations of the day. I've tried to explain below how my working practices might have to change in order to keep us all safe.
Regulations for organised sport allow for groups of up to 30 to enjoy their sport together, without the requirement to socially distance. (Think rugby scrum) I work with groups of up to 6 people (4 for advanced water conditions) at a time. Social distancing is easy to achieve whilst sea kayaking and there is never any lack of ventilation and fresh air.
If you should develop symptoms of Covid-19 before your trip, do please get in touch and I will either transfer your payment to a different trip or refund you. Please do not travel if you or someone in your household has symptoms or your recent travel requires you to self isolate on return.
Please do not bring food or sweets to share with the group, if we all have our own we don't need to feel mean in not sharing.
Participants will need to be self sufficient for all paddling (and camping) kit. If you are unsure what is suitable, do please get in touch and I can advise.
In order to facilitate safe lifting and carrying, participants will be expected to share the carrying of kayaks. Hand gel can be used before and after this to prevent virus transmission from contact with hard surfaces.
Any briefings and reviews will take place outdoors so do make sure you have warm clothing to make this a constructive experience and not an ordeal.
In the event of a capsize, there are modifications to the usual rescue techniques that help us maintain our personal space. It may be that in the course of a rescue, the 2m advised spacing is breached. I will always prioritise an efficient rescue over the need for social distancing. This will be for a short time. If this is problematic for you, then I suggest that now is not the time to be going paddling. I am happy to discuss this further with you.
Currently we are all in level 4 restrictions which means I cannot offer any course to people living in any local authority area other than Highland. We are also not allowed to breach the 2m social distancing regulations. This means I cannot offer any NGB assessments. I am also unable to provide indoor navigation courses. Lets all stay home, reduce transmission and hope that the situation improves soon.