The following practices have been considered based on communications from the World Health Organization (WHO), Divers Alert Network (DAN), PADI, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Though no business can guarantee zero risk, implementing a proactive policy to manage and reduce the threat of COVID-19, and implementing it consistently, is key to reducing the risk of spreading this disease. The main transmission risk issues with COVID-19 (and other respiratory viruses like the flu) are respiration (inhaling droplets from another person’s exhalation, especially if the person coughs, sneezes or talks) and transmission through contact (touching an infected surface and then contacting the face/nose). By staying aware, risk reduction is usually straightforward. Keeping things simple usually works well. This document suggests practices, procedures, and tips based on prevailing medical recommendations. While such steps are expected to substantially reduce disease transmission risk, divers must accept that, just as when they go anywhere that people are present, some risk remains.
Before the trip starts:
- Every participant of the trip has to have a valid COVID-19 test with a negative result (the same like required by international or domestic flight carriers).
- Every participant is requested to fulfil and send max. 3 days prior to departure the new PADI Diver Medical Questionnaire.
- Body temperature is measured by contactless thermometer before boarding the boat.
- Crew must have a valid Covid-19 test before every trip. All crew members who fall sick or complains of chest pains, dry cough, fever symptoms, loss of taste and/or smell and excessive tiredness is prohibited from working and must isolate.
- Rented equipment is disinfected and protected after every trip.
- The boat, particularily common areas, is disinfected before every trip.
On the boat:
- Handy sanitisers: Hand sanitisers available at any time for crew and customers.
- Disposable masks: All crew members as well as participants are recommended to use disposable mask during the trip.
- Masks & gloves purchase: Disposable masks and gloves for those who not have own are available for sale at any time.
- Disinfection liquids are available for the guests and crew at any time.
- Room service available on request only.
- Food preperation: Kitchen staff is obliged to use gloves and mask during food preparation and guests service.
- Public areas: Public areas and surfaces such a diving deck, dining room, sundecks, shisha lounge, kitchen, rellings around the boat, tables ect. are cleaned disinfected every day.
- Diving equipment protection: A commone washing container for masks will be not available anymore. Every diver is responsible for own/rented equipment and cleaning own mask under running water situated on the dive deck. Every diver will be provided by own cover back to protect his equipment from unnecessary exposure and accidental contact.
- Tanks refillment: Staff on duty is obliged to use mask and gloves while refilling tanks .
- Dinghi staff: Staff responsible for dinghi service is obliged to use gloves and mask.
- Social distancing: Divers are requested to keep social distancing (min. 1 m) during meal breaks, entertainment, relax on the boat. Crew are required to maintain a social distance from guests (when and where possible) of 1 metre.
- Payments: Guests are encouraged for electronical payments before and/or after the trip.
- Dining: to avoid common cutlery use by passengers, authorised kitchen staff is responsible for serving food. No self-service buffet.
- Towels, bottles marking: guests will get towels with their name marked on it; re-usable bottles for water (disinfected after every trip) will be marked as well.
- Toilet disinfection: Regular disinfecting of toilet facilities. Guests are asked for the room disinfection after every use).
- Personal equipment: Guests are recommended to use personal equipment and store the items in a designated area to limit the potential for contamination
- Dive equipment assistance: Any staff assisting with manoeuvring personal dive equipment must wear a mask and have washed their hands beforehand or use gloves. It is forbidden to touch each other’s equipment.
- Waste handling: Items that are likely to be a source of contamination, such as medical masks, personal protective equipment, gloves, must be specially packaged before to avoid spreading potential contamination.
- Safety & eco thinking: It is recommended to use rubber gloves made from latex, rather than plastic, vinyl or nitrile gloves.
- Emergency first aid package: At least 1 set of Covid-19 preparedness responder equipment, to include medical masks, rubber / medical gloves, personal and face protective equipment, for emergency scenarios.
Please feel free to call or email our support team with any questions or concerns you may have