SSC Covid 19 Guidance from 30th July 2020

Following the Government’s further relaxing of rules to manage C19 spread on 1st June, exercise including water sports are allowed as well as meeting in groups of up to 6 people outside and socially distanced. Further Guidance from the RYA has been agreed with the Government allowing members of different households to sail together subject to meeting the conditions set out in the RYA Guidance – see below

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:-
• Ideally only members of the same household should sail together in one boat. However, members from different households may sail together provided they have read, understood and are able to comply with the guidance provided by the RYA in this link:

RYA Guidance – members from different households

Essential first steps:
• Self symptom check before leaving home

• Assess personal risk and that of your team/Sailing partner.

• Keep a register your attendance and Sailing activity for test and trace.

• Sanitise hands on arrival and prior to touching any shared surface.

• Maintain social distancing at all times whilst ashore before launching and after recovery.

• For the avoidance of doubt it is not possible for 2 people sailing an Access/Hansa 303 to socially distance in any way or move apart, so only members of one household may sail together in Access/Hansa 303 club boats until RYA/Gov guidance eases further.

• 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 will generally not be on the water but engines (5hp and electric) for the tender will be available in the sailability blue box (club key access) in case of emergency. Keys for the other rescue boats and radios will remain in the lock up. (contact committee member if access needed).

The latest Government guidance states that we may meet outside in groups of up to 6 people from different households. Please comply with this rule by meeting in well segregated and socially distanced groups of no more than 6, ideally in different areas of the club premises e.g. dinghy park, car park, beach area etc. as well as outside clubhouse.

The club is open for members use only; visitors only allowed with prior approval of the Covid sub committee.  Visitors will be limited visiting coaches and “friends of Swarkestone”.

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.

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 clubroom is now open to members who must comply with latest Government guidance for meeting other households indoors and follow the club’s one way systems, hygiene advice etc. Both the bar and tea bar will remain shut and out of bounds except for emergency access. Members are
strongly advised that it is preferable to meet outside wherever possible, even in inclement weather.

Sailing: The club bye laws and rules apply in addition to the C19 distancing rules. Rescue boat cover is unlikely to be available and therefore buddy sailing and/or a shore lookout are required.

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.

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: Ideally 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. If it is felt appropriate to have a helm and crew from different households the new RYA Guidance in the sailing link above needs to be followed. Crew should sit on the opposite side of the boat as far forward as possible.
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 (Guardians) 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 Training Principle