SSC Covid Guidance (updated 2nd Dec 2020)

Following the ending of the second lockdown on the 2nd Dec 2020 Swarkestone Sailing Club will be in TIER 3 Very High Risk

This means that you can sail with your own household but not have social interaction with anyone outside your household.

The Bar and Tea Bar remain closed but the toilets/changing rooms may be used by one household at a time as before

Please take extra care given the cold conditions and a cautious approach to the sailing conditions and the need for a safety boat/support etc.

The racing programme is suspended. However, members are free to organise informal racing and this has worked well through the summer.

We are required to keep a record of everyone visiting the club for track and trace. Please use the QR code on the door or sign in on the sheet in the club lobby

Other ongoing Guidance

It isn’t possible to cover every eventuality but our prime concern is to protect all members and comply with the Government’s latest guidelines on social distancing and numbers of people who can meet.

The important rules that apply are:-

Water sports are allowed but social distancing must be maintained.
• Only members of the same household may sail together in one boat
• No rafting up or sailing close to another boat
• Maintain social distance whilst launching and recovering by the use of all jetties and the beach area. Please be considerate of other users and wait if necessary.

Safety boats – The electric tender is available at all times and is left on charge in the tender garage at the East end of the sailability jetty. Keys for the other rescue boats and radios will remain in the lock up. (contact committee member if access needed).

The club is open for members use only; strictly no guests or visitors allowed at this time.

Procedures for entry/exit and whilst at club

Track and Trace – All members must sign in for track and trace purposes either on the sheet in the club lobby or with the QR code on the door.
Gates – Please pull the main gate closed (the one closest to the road), after entry or exit, to prevent non members accessing the lake area to picnic or swim. Whilst you are at the club this gate does not need to be locked.

Surfaces– It is not possible to ensure that all surfaces remain clean at all times. Although members are encouraged to clean anything they come in contact with. Therefore the assumption must be that all locks, gates, door handles, handrails, jetty boards, benches and tables etc. are potentially contaminated. We therefore encourage members wash hands frequently and/or to wear clean gloves. The club provides soap but this might run out with heavy usage so please bring your own just in case and any other hand sanitisers that you use.

Buildings: Access to main clubhouse is for the use of toilets and hand washing facilities and members should change at home if possible. To maintain social distancing only one household should use the changing or toilet facilities at a time. Please knock and ask if changing rooms/toilet are engaged before entering.

Obviously, wash and dry hands well before exiting; we plan to fit a foot operated door opener to exits so you won’t have to touch handles.
The main club room is closed to members except for emergencies, where access is needed to the telephone, first aid and/or defibrillator.

Sailing: The club bye laws and rules apply in addition to the C19 distancing rules.

Sailing is at your own risk so please be aware of conditions and don’t put others at risk by having to effect a rescue etc. – Please take a cautious approach to forecast sailing conditions for your ability.
Anyone sailing without rescue boat cover must be able to swim and self rescue in most circumstances, including but not limited to, equipment failure, grounding, capsize and minor injury. Whenever there is a high risk of capsize in the winter months a rescue boat should be available with crew.

The race programme has been suspended, however members are free to organise informal races and arrange their own start/finish procedure and rescue boat cover if required. The sailing area is restricted to between buoys 1, 4, 8 & 9. You must not go behind any of the islands.

Rescue Boats: Only one person to drive rescue boat unless crew available from the same household. In most circumstances one person in a rescue boat can provide assistance to boats without the need for crew.
However, in emergency situations crew may be necessary (either somebody on shore or another sailor who leaves their dinghy to assist) In emergency situations – helms, crew and those rescuing understand and accept that social distancing is unlikely to be possible.
Rescue boat helm and crew, if any, should have a face covering available for use if they need to get within 2m of a dinghy to offer assistance. Wherever possible, assistance should be provided from a distance of greater than 2m.
Please fuel boat and check all other equipment complete and in place before parking in garage.

This guidance will be amended as necessary.

C19 sub committee – Commodore, Rear Com, Acting Vice Com and Sailing Principal.