Getting back on the water

UKSA Guidelines for Leisure and Recreation Students COVID-19

Statement from UKSA’s Chief Executive Officer

As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented and changing times, UKSA has reconfigured it’s operations to ensure we can sustainably and responsibly deliver quality and safe training for our beneficiaries and students in a COVID-19 compliant way.

As the lock down restrictions have started to ease, we have been focused on planning for re-starting operations and training. There has been a lot of new guidance published by the government and this guidance continues to be updated and expanded upon.

We know that the COVID-19 crisis is far from over and that we are not entering into a ‘business as normal’ phase.  This means that the social distancing measures which will remain with us for the foreseeable future have resulted in us being able to accommodate significantly fewer numbers of customers and beneficiaries on site at any one time.

In order to keep everyone safe as possible, we have introduced a number of additional hygiene and safety measures to help reduce the risk of infections.  We will be asking all those who visit us to respect each other, our employees and our guidelines on maintaining good hygiene and a safe social distancing.

On the following pages we have provided details of the hygiene and safety measures we have introduced on the UKSA site to provide peace of mind to our staff and visitors.

Thank you for your support.

UKSA Covid-19 Protective Measures Statement

UKSA will not tolerate students or staff who fail to adhere to the Academy’s Social Distancing rules and do not keep within their assigned Bubble. It is everyone’s responsibility to stay alert to this life-threatening infection. Everyone is responsible for taking safety measures, following government isolation guidelines immediately if you develop COVID-19 symptoms, or are notified by NHS that you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Failure to behave appropriately or to not report the need for COVID-19 isolation to UKSA may result in being expelled from the Academy. You are putting at risk yourself, UKSA staff and students by not adhering to these rules.


24hrs prior to your arrival you will receive a telephone call from UKSA to ascertain if you have symptoms of coronavirus or have been contacted by NHS Track and Trace. At the discretion of UKSA, persons may be refused entry onto the course.

In addition to this and as part of our standard joining instructions, we ask that you complete the attached Student Medical Declaration & Consent Form and return to [email protected].

Please ensure that you bring your own tea/coffee mug (with a lid) and water bottle. If you forget to bring these items, UKSA have these available for purchase from reception.

On Arrival

Designated meeting and departure points will be identified for the safe drop off and collection of students. This is to avoid crowding at ‘bottle neck’ points and ensure safe social distancing.

Upon arrival and departure, staff will not handle personal items of the students such as bags and clothing, they will direct students and guardians to their locations if required.

Changing Rooms and Shower Facilities

Ideally students will arrive in a ‘beach ready’ state and only require the donning of a wetsuit and associated PPE which can be done outdoors in the open air. Only where absolutely necessary should UKSA changing facilities be used.

Designated change room times will be communicated to students should they require use of the changing facilities. A staff member will remain at the entrance and ensure they are undisturbed, and that social distancing is maintained.

Parents are permitted to accompany students into the change rooms so long as it is only their children using the facility at that time. Family groups may use the larger communal facilities in the shower block.

UKSA facilities allow for up to 5 separate changing facilities to be in use. Previously dedicated facilities for adults or those with disabilities will no longer be enforced.

Student Bubbles

Each student bubble will consist of no more than 10 people.

Each bubble will remain together at all times other than by permission of their UKSA Staff member for the purposes of toilet break or use of shower facility. Each bubble must remain at least 1 metre apart at all times and will not mix with people outside of their bubble.

Each bubble will go direct to their designated meeting place at the beginning of the day.

Where possible, dedicated areas of delivery will be identified for staff and students to remain in for the day’s session. This will minimise the number of students and staff who may pass through or come into contact with the delivery area.

Use of the UKSA Dining Hall

To ensure social distancing the use of the UKSA dining hall will not be permitted.

Dedicated areas for meals will be identified for students to have their lunch, this will be supplied by UKSA in the form of packed lunches.

Use of Equipment

Staff will issue students with the required PPE and equipment for the duration of their course if appropriate. Wetsuits and PPE (BA’s and Helmets etc) will be sanitised at the start and end of each session regardless of that item remaining with the student for the following session.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not mandatory for students, if you choose to wear a face covering you can supply your own. Face coverings are mandatory for staff working only in the kitchen and housekeeping.

UKSA is encouraging all staff to wear face coverings in communal areas where distancing of less than one/two meters cannot be maintained. This is not mandatory.

Social Distancing

We ask that all staff and students maintain a 2m distance rule wherever possible.

Failure to behave appropriately may result in being expelled from the Academy. You are putting at risk yourself, UKSA staff and students by not adhering to these rules.

Cash Free Site

To avoid the handling of cash and coins, UKSA will be a cash free site. All transactions must be made by card.

Cleaning at UKSA

UKSA will be implementing Virus Shield ‘Control’ regularly across the whole site, this is an electrostatic spraying technology which creates a fine mist, covering surfaces with a ‘Teflon’ type coating. It kills a wide range of viruses and bacteria including Coronavirus. This system is used throughout the NHS including hospital wards, airports, offices and schools.

UKSA’s housekeeping team will undertake a revised cleaning regime of all public areas and accommodation.

All laundry is cleaned off site by a professional external provider.

Hand sanitisers are provided across the UKSA site. Their locations are detailed on the enclosed site map.

Adequate cleaning and disinfectant material will be available for all staff and guests to use during their sessions.

All equipment will be appropriately sanitised at the end of each day (Milton, 60% 90%) alcohol etc) prior to reissue.

COVID-19 Symptoms

We have provided our emergency action plan flow chart should you think you have Covid-19 symptoms while at UKSA. Please follow this process and contact a UKSA member of staff immediately should you show any symptoms.

Additional Information

To view all of our COVID-19 policies, please click here.