SAFE OPENING OF SOUTH LAKE WATERSPORTS

Please note that children age 16 years and under are not permitted to book a watersports activity and must be accompanied to the centre and on the water by an adult if taking part in watersports activities

GENERAL INFORMATION

All operating procedures below are specific to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with the latest NI Executive’s Covid 19 guidelines

PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

In the current circumstances we are unable to facilitate walk-in customers and everything must be booked in advance online and pre-paid. Online bookings help us to restrict number of people at the centre at any one time and assist with contact tracing should the necessity arise

Anyone who has themselves experienced symptoms associated with COVID-19, or is in a household with someone who has, must not visit the site. In this situation South Lake Watersports will do our best to reschedule activities for a later date. Anyone wishing to visit the site who has experienced any symptoms of Covid-19, or who has been in contact with anyone with symptoms, must follow Government advice about when they can end their self isolation period and not visit until it is safe to do so.

USE OF THE BUILDING

Use of the toilets, showers and changing facilities in South Lake leisure Centre will be allowed but access is limited to only two people in the toilets at any one time. All areas in the building open to the public (toilets and throughfares) will be cleaned and sanitised regularly – at the beginning and end of each day as a minimum. Hand sanitizer will be available for use.

Signage will help assist in distancing and a one way system is in place. Café Incredable is open and contactless payment is preferable if possible.

Everyone inside the building must wear a mask at all times and observe 2m distancing. Doors and windows will be open in the building as much as possible to provide ventilation.

ON ARRIVAL

All activity will take place outside including all briefings, meet and greet, equipment issue and changing. The meeting point is the lake side door of the centre.

Participants should arrive 5 minutes before their session is due to start to receive the safety brief. Changing rooms are opened but participants are encouraged to arrive beach-ready, just needing to put wetsuit and buoyancy aid over swim gear. The meeting point is the lake side door of the centre.

Advanced booking will enable your equipment to be pre-organised and ready for use on arrival, with quick collection.

DURING AND AFTER ACTIVITY

Any borrowed equipment will be rigorously sanitized prior to use and sanitized again once session complete. Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, boards, kayaks, bikes, boats and all hard surfaces will be cleaned down with disinfectant and sanitiser will be available at all times.

OPENING OF ACTIVITIES

SUPs – Stand-Up Paddling Safely

All sessions will be undertaken on singlehanded paddleboards and will be run at standard British Canoeing ratios and 2m distancing will be maintained throughout the session. Mega family boards are not currently available.

Land drills and thorough briefings will be conducted where necessary to ensure success on the water and minimise the need for on the water rescue. Instructors can tow particpants on their kayaks whilst maintaining social distancing if the participants have been briefed beforehand on how this works. All paddles and other equipment will be cleaned and sanitised thoroughly after each use

Participants are asked to adhere to social distancing on slipway before launch and use the one-way system for entry and exit, adhering to social distancing.

Watersport participation lends itself quite naturally to social distancing while on water and self-rescue will be used except for emergency situations. Should an incident occur that needs first aid this must be dealt with wherever possible by the casualty themselves (or a member of their household). The instructor can supply first aid equipment and give instructions whilst maintaining social distancing. If the situation dictates that the instructor must give first aid and are not able to maintain social distancing, they should use appropriate PPE which will be stored with first aid equipment (mask, gloves etc).

All paddles and other equipment will be cleaned and sanitised thoroughly after each use.

Kayaking Safely

All sessions will be undertaken on singlehanded kayaks and canoes and will be run at standard British Canoeing ratios and 2m distancing will be maintained throughout the session.

Double handed kayaks and canoes can be used for members of the same household or bubble.

Land drills and thorough briefings will be conducted where necessary to ensure success on the water and minimise the need for on the water rescue. Instructors can tow particpants on their kayaks whilst maintaining social distancing if the participants have been briefed beforehand on how this works. All paddles and other equipment will be cleaned and sanitised thoroughly after each use

Participants are asked to adhere to social distancing on slipway before launch and use the one-way system for entry and exit, adhering to social distancing.

Watersport participation lends itself quite naturally to social distancing while on water and self-rescue will be used except for emergency situations. Should an incident occur that needs first aid this must be dealt with wherever possible by the casualty themselves (or a member of their household). The instructor can supply first aid equipment and give instructions whilst maintaining social distancing. If the situation dictates that the instructor must give first aid and are not able to maintain social distancing, they should use appropriate PPE which will be stored with first aid equipment (mask, gloves etc).

All paddles and other equipment will be cleaned and sanitised thoroughly after each use.

SUPs – Stand-Up Family Paddling Safely

All sessions will be undertaken on singlehanded paddleboards and will be run at standard British Canoeing ratios and 2m distancing will be maintained throughout the session. Mega family boards are available for those in a family bubble.

Land drills and thorough briefings will be conducted where necessary to ensure success on the water and minimise the need for on the water rescue. Instructors can tow particpants on their kayaks whilst maintaining social distancing if the participants have been briefed beforehand on how this works. All paddles and other equipment will be cleaned and sanitised thoroughly after each use

Participants are asked to adhere to social distancing on slipway before launch and use the one-way system for entry and exit, adhering to social distancing.

Watersport participation lends itself quite naturally to social distancing while on water and self-rescue will be used except for emergency situations. Should an incident occur that needs first aid this must be dealt with wherever possible by the casualty themselves (or a member of their household). The instructor can supply first aid equipment and give instructions whilst maintaining social distancing. If the situation dictates that the instructor must give first aid and are not able to maintain social distancing, they should use appropriate PPE which will be stored with first aid equipment (mask, gloves etc).

All paddles and other equipment will be cleaned and sanitised thoroughly after each use.

Canoeing Safely

All sessions will be undertaken on singlehanded kayaks and canoes and will be run at standard British Canoeing ratios and 2m distancing will be maintained throughout the session.

Double handed kayaks and canoes can be used for members of the same household or bubble.

Land drills and thorough briefings will be conducted where necessary to ensure success on the water and minimise the need for on the water rescue. Instructors can tow particpants on their kayaks whilst maintaining social distancing if the participants have been briefed beforehand on how this works. All paddles and other equipment will be cleaned and sanitised thoroughly after each use

Participants are asked to adhere to social distancing on slipway before launch and use the one-way system for entry and exit, adhering to social distancing.

Watersport participation lends itself quite naturally to social distancing while on water and self-rescue will be used except for emergency situations. Should an incident occur that needs first aid this must be dealt with wherever possible by the casualty themselves (or a member of their household). The instructor can supply first aid equipment and give instructions whilst maintaining social distancing. If the situation dictates that the instructor must give first aid and are not able to maintain social distancing, they should use appropriate PPE which will be stored with first aid equipment (mask, gloves etc).

All paddles and other equipment will be cleaned and sanitised thoroughly after each use.

Cycling Safely

All cycling equipment will be allocated to individuals at the start of the session and wherever possible no crossover will be needed. If this is necessary, equipment will be thoroughly cleaned between uses. Bikes will be thoroughly disinfected at the end of the session.

No significant changes will need to be made to the way cycling is normally run, other than staying alert and maintaining the 2m social distancing. If an instructor does need to move closer than 1m to a participant to help them, they should put on a face mask.

Sailing

All sailing sessions will be run at standard RYA ratios and  2m distancing will be maintained throughout the session. All sessions will generally be run in singlehanded boats except where participants are members of the same household or bubble.

Land drills and thorough briefings will be conducted to ensure success on the water and minimise the need for on the water rescue. When conducting land drills, equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised in between uses.

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