Covid 19 Updates & Course Procedures - 2020 Courses

Updated 13th October 2020 - All Courses Running
    
The new UK government guidance that comes into effect on the 13th October 2020 will affect individuals and businesses differently.
Solent Boat Training operate in a Covid medium area so we continue to deliver Covid Safe training and events. Please read details below :-

Below is how each course will differ from our normal procedures. Of course we will amend these changes in line with all new official Uk government guidance.  These procedures will be in place until further notice.

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

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.

To help reduce the risks we already have several procedures in place. These include contact & trace details on arrival, temperature checks, 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. 
All courses finish as the instructor leaves at the end of each day. 

At this point the student has the following choices :-

1: Please return home and be back for 9am the next day to continue the course.

2: Or use other accommodation such as a local hotel - you would need to book this yourself and be back with us at 9am.

3. Or stay on the training yacht within Shamrock Quay marina. 
With a maximum of 4 persons onboard social distancing can be correctly followed and is now inline with government guidance. ( 14th September 2020 onwards )
Our instructor will leave the yacht to give more room for students to comply with social distancing.

We understand that many students may wish to return home or use other accommodation hence we still return to base each day.

Shamrock Quay has many facilities available such as showers and toilets. Takeaway food deliveries and a Tesco are also available.

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.  We suggest that lunch should be very quick, easy and ready made. The shared cooking facilities are not available during the course inline with government guidance. Please bring flasks of hot drinks and water as required.

There is also a cafe & bistro at Shamrock Quay that have reopened and can provide both breakfast, a takeaway lunch & evening meal 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 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.

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 

Shorebased courses will run as follows :-

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. 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. Social distancing as per government guidance will be in place.

RYA Day Skipper Theory, Yachtmaster Theory & VHF Radio 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. 
Social distancing as per government guidance will be in place.

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 as per government guidance. 

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. Petrol Engine courses may restart in the autumn. Because of this low ratio some course costs have had to be increased. 
Social distancing as per government guidance will be in place.

We are encouraging all students on shorebased courses to wear a face covering at all times.

Day Sailing & Other Events

Our Solent day sailing will not include lunch or drinks.  Please bring your own supplies for all these events.