Covid 19 Updates & Course Procedures - 2020 Courses

Updated 26th June 2020
 
All Courses from Monday 23rd March 2020 are postponed by order of the UK Government until further notice.
However following the government road map to recovery announced on the 10th May we have decided to restart courses on Saturday 4th July, as government advice now allows our leisure events.
  
Practical Outdoor Courses & Reduced Number Of Shorebased Courses Will Resume On The 4th July.

I am generally still working from home as per government advice but I can offer help on administration queries and course advice from Monday 1st June by phone and email.

We have looked at how we will conduct courses and teaching now the government and the RYA have allowed us to resume.
Below is how each course will differ from our normal procedures. Of course we will amend these changes in line with all new official guidance.  These procedures will be in place until further notice.

I am working on every aspect of each course to make our courses as Covid safe as possible.

Personal Protective Equipment & Centre Cleaning

At this time we do not know if the use of PPE will be mandatory. SBT do not have a supply chain for PPE and are not in a position to provide it to students. We ask students attending courses to provide their own PPE to suit their requirements.

To help reduce the risks we already have several procedures in place. These include temperature checking all students and instructors on arrival, handwashing and extra cleaning of all surfaces.

Practical Sailing Courses

All sailing courses including RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper, day sailings and mile builders will return to base at the end of each day. This allows us to give each student their own cabin for overnight accommodation. Shamrock Quay has many facilities available such as showers and toilets. Takeaway food deliveries and a Tesco are all also available.
Students will also be allowed to return home or use other accommodation if they wish, which is not usually allowed on RYA sailing courses.

SBT will not be providing any complimentary food for these courses. The breakfast and lunch we normally provide for free will not be available to minimise social contact. During the first day of sailing courses you will be taught the safe usage of the cooking equipment onboard. We suggest that lunch should be very quick, easy and ready made. The cooking facilities are really aimed at evening meals.
Please bring flasks of hot drinks and water as required.

There is also a cafe at Shamrock Quay that hopefully will have reopened and can provide both breakfast and a takeaway lunch service.

RYA Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper skipper students will be loaned their own navigation pack including charts, Portland plotter, dividers and pencils etc.
This will reduce personal contact still further.

All waterproof gear will be washed between courses.

Practical Powerboat Courses

RYA powerboat and motorboat courses will run nearly as normal. We don`t provide any food on these courses so please follow our normal course details regarding food. If you do book overnight accommodation with us then you will be guaranteed a private cabin ( must be pre-booked via our website ). We don`t allow cooking onboard when staying with us as you will not have received the full safety training unlike on sailing courses.

All students will be loaned their own navigation pack including charts, Portland plotter, dividers and pencils etc. This will reduce personal contact still further.
All waterproof gear will be washed between courses.

Shorebased Courses

Courses such as RYA VHF Radio, Diesel Engine and First Aid will be taught at an even lower ratio than normal. Most training centres run with 12 students per course. We normally run with 8 students but this will now been cut to just 4 students per course. As you will see from the photos of our main teaching rooms there is plenty of space with just 4 students per room.

RYA Day Skipper Theory & Yachtmaster Theory will run with our normal 8 students in our large teaching room with each student having their own resources loaned to them as per the photos below. So there will be no sharing of resources. This will reduce personal contact still further.

If you do book overnight accommodation with us then you will be guaranteed a private cabin ( must be pre-booked via our website ). We don`t allow cooking onboard when staying with us as you will not have received the full safety training unlike on sailing courses. 

Running with just 4 students is not economically viable for us in the long term and so some courses won`t be scheduled until we know we can teach them at our normal ratio. First Aid and Petrol Engine courses may restart in the autumn. Because of this low ratio some course costs have had to be increased.

Day Sailing & Other Events

Our Solent day sailing will not include lunch or drinks. Also events such as Cowes Week racing will not include any type of refreshments. Please bring your own supplies for all these events.