Covid 19 Updates & Course Procedures - 2021 Courses

Updated 18/07/21 9.00am     Checked 18/07/21 9.00am

Despite the removal of all Covid restriction from 19th July we have decided to operate as detailed below.
We feel this gives our clients the best balance of safety and quality of tuition.

What Can We Do ?

On the water courses have resumed from the 29th March.
Classroom based courses have resumed from the 17th May with reduced student numbers per course.
Overnight accommodation has resumed on multiday sailing courses as per your course details.
We are also running virtual Day Skipper Theory courses throughout the year as well as online VHF Radio and Essential Navigation courses.

What Can`t We Do At The Moment ?

Sailing Courses From the 17th May Onwards
We don`t provide any food on sailing courses except just "help yourself" cereals for breakfast. 
Lunch needs to be quick and simple so we suggest a sandwich based lunch. 
Please bring lunch with you for the first day.
Evening meals are normally taken ashore. We can make you a tea or coffee.

Our yachts will overnight in different marinas around the Solent with good opportunity to buy foods as required so not need to overstock.

Classroom Courses
Are all courses are running but with reduced student numbers.

Powerboat Courses
Are all running as normal.

The details below explain how each course will differ from our normal procedures. We will amend these changes in line with all new  official Uk government guidance .  These procedures will be in place until further notice.

Personal Protective Equipment & Centre Cleaning

At this time the use of PPE is not mandatory other than in our reception and communal corridors where we ask students to wear a face covering at all times. 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. We do encourage use of face coverings for shorebased courses in communal areas.

To help reduce the risks we already have several procedures in place. These include contact & trace details on arrival, temperature checks, hand washing and extra cleaning of all surfaces. The NHS track & trace QR code is on display in our reception.

Practical Sailing Courses

Accommodation onboard is allowed from the 17th May onwards and our yachts will now stay away from base each night.

It is the food that needs particular care to ensure we follow the government legislation, so :-
SBT will provide breakfast cereal only on all muti-day sailing courses.  We suggest that lunch should be very quick, easy and ready made.

Practical Powerboat Courses

RYA powerboat courses will run nearly as normal. We don`t provide any food on these courses so please follow our normal course details.

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

Shorebased Courses

Shorebased courses will run as follows from the 17th May :-

Our Covid procedures  follow guidance for a workplace not a domestic dwelling as we are a commercial business.

Courses such as RYA Diesel Engine and First Aid will be taught at an even lower ratio than normal. Most training centres run with 12 students per course as allowed by the RYA but we will run courses limited to just 8 students per course. As you will see from the photos of our main teaching rooms there is plenty of space with just 8 students per room.  Social distancing in communal areas will still be in place.

RYA Day Skipper Theory, Yachtmaster Theory & VHF Radio will run with our 8 students with each student having their own resources loaned to them as per the photos below.  

We are encouraging all students on shorebased courses to wear a face covering in communal areas.

Day Sailing & Other Sailing Events

Our Solent day sailing do not include lunch or drinks.  Please bring your own supplies for all these events.
Accommodation for multi day events is as per our practical sailing courses above.