Last updated: 19/07/21
In this section:
1. Summer 21
2. Operational guidelines
3. Member obligations
4. Training and event guidelines
Although the Covid restrictions have now eased, we continue to monitor and update our procedures to ensure our boating operations are aligned with current government guidance.
For all bookings, you must comply with government Covid guidelines as relevant to your personal circumstances.
We are doing our best to interpret the guidelines, prioritise the safety of members, staff and any 3rd parties, whilst assisting you to go boating. In deciding to head afloat, you have to interpret all relevant guidelines and how they apply to your own personal circumstances.
Our objective is to manage the risk of virus transmission sufficiently to enable safe boat usage. This will require additional procedures and practices that we and you must follow.
Access and bases
• Session times are the standard 7pm-7pm.
• Boat keys (with attached car park/facilities entry cards) are once again being managed by the relevant marina office. In Port Hamble, please pick up and return to the desk at the top of the stairs on the south side of the marina building. This year, to minimise contact, you can have one annual MDL pass and a further temporary pass is always available for an additional car. All passes are managed by the MDL marina office. Please refer to the Base Guide for further detail.
• Please check the latest guidance from the relevant marina operator for the latest information regarding on-site facilities including washrooms. http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/covid-19
• Member visits to the Pure Latitude office by prior appointment only.
• Port Hamble fuel dock is operating an appointment only booking system. Please call them on 02380 452741 to book a slot.
• If you want to know the fuel state of a boat the day before your booking then please email us.
• Please follow our standard refuelling procedures > if you need to fill up elsewhere.
Cleaning and Sanitising
PL members are required to clean down the interior and exterior of the boat after their booking – in line with standard procedure.
We have also reviewed the sanitising procedures for 2021, taking account of the operational lessons from 2020 and new information on best practice.
We will undertake regular enhanced deep cleaning and sanitising with our fogging machine and other products but it is not practical to complete this between every booking whist maintaining the access times you require.
In essence, we need you to sanitise as part of your cleaning procedure, on boarding if you wish but always on disembarking. We provide Chemeco sanitising spray which should be used as part of your cleaning routine and always at the end of the trip. Chemeco is safe to use on all surfaces including soft furnishings when sprayed in a fine mist. Please pay particular attention to:
• Lifejackets and harness lines – lightly mist with the sanitiser and restow
• Heads and galley – final clean with the sanitiser
• Touch screens and switch panels – wipe down with the sanitiser
• Any item removed from stowage and used (close contact) e.g. binoculars
Hand soap and alcohol hand gel will remain on all boats for your use. Please notify at check off if replenishment of any product is required.
Covid 19 Symptoms
If you experience Covid symptoms before your booking do not visit a PL boat. If you experience symptoms within 7 days of being on a boat then you must inform us immediately. If in doubt, inform us.
In the marina
• Maintain the government advised distance from other people outside your group.
• Don’t congregate around the marina or use the washrooms unless you can be sure to maintain social distancing.
• Limit your boat to your crew only and avoid the common courtesy of helping others with their lines.
On the boat
• If you do use the galley equipment onboard, it is essential that you wash it thoroughly in hot water before and after use.
• Take no unnecessary risks. Keep your plans simple to assist the simple pleasure of being back on the water.
Returning to your home berth
• Follow the same guidelines as when you left in the morning.
• Pack away the boat, taking meticulous care to leave the boat as clean as possible.
• Ensure you head home in accordance with our restricted booking times.
• We recognise it is difficult to 100% sanitise a boat with all its complex surfaces. It is therefore imperative that you sanitise yourself before boarding. Use your own hand sanitiser before getting on board and take precautions to ensure your clothing and kit is clean.
• Clean your hands throughout the day with your own soap and hot water or hand sanitiser.
• Use hand sanitiser as necessary when on board.
Our aim is to continue to provide high quality training and events that will enhance and extend your boating experience. We will adopt additional procedures and checks to ensure the safety of members and staff, applying appropriate social distancing measures, hygiene procedures and risk management practices.
However, as will all things Covid and most things boating, is important that club members and PL instructors appreciate that they are engaging in boating at their own risk and must form their own views based upon their own personal circumstances.
Our guiding principles for any training will reflect those of the RYA:
• We will always follow Government guidance
• We will take a considerate and conservative approach, mindful of our impact on all other water users (including RLNI) and minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to boating.
The key principle is to apply additional flexibility in the way in which the course or event is approached and delivered, always adapting to the new environment.
In order to run a safe training course the student must accept that it may not be possible to complete all of the course or event in the usual time frame given the Covid constraints. It may be necessary to adjust dates or extend time to accommodate the completion of a specific activity or course.
To allow us to offer safe events, members should expect a reduced events calendar and for events to be run with restricted numbers to allow us to adhere to current government social distancing guidelines.
Additional preparation should be expected as many of the Covid measures will require action before arriving at the boat.
If at any time, in the opinion of the instructor or member, it becomes unsafe to run the course/event it must cease immediately.
Below is a list of specific practices which should be followed where possible to do so safely. These are in addition to our standard Covid procedures. It is not an exhaustive or definitive list, rather it will be used to develop and build further techniques in line with experience.
• All participants must take a Covid 19 lateral flow test, and receive a negative result, before the start of any event or course.
• Daily declaration of having had no symptoms
• Ensure familiarity with these procedures (Safety brief)
• Bring own food and drink
• Bring own pocket sanitiser and face covering
• Instructors to travel home each night
• Maintain social distancing rules
• Limit numbers (conservative interpretation of current social distancing government guidelines)
• Use toilets ashore or ‘outside facilities’ if appropriate
• Early contact between member and instructor to identify areas of knowledge that can be worked on before the course commences
• Upload required apps and obtain agreed training material
• Students to familiarise themselves with the boat using ‘self-induction’ before operating the boat
• Download Navionics onto phone or tablet
Running the Course/Event
• Activities to be planned around weather (due to weather impact on SD)
• Outdoor classroom facilities improvise on deck or pontoon
• Appropriate visual aids or technology to facilitate training – whiteboard, models, shared material, screen share/mirroring, Zoom/FaceTime on boat
• Evening video conference or call with screen shares
• Face to face time with students to focus on the ‘Can’ areas of the syllabus
• It should be possible to deal with ‘Knowledge of’ and ‘Understands’ elements remotely
• Instructor will use separate chart pack and almanac
• Post course action plans with specific areas for self development
• Feedback form additionally to draw learning about Covid procedures