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.
UKSA commenced the construction of a brand new 136-bed accommodation centre in March 2021. To ensure safety of all, the entrance to UKSA main site has been moved 500 yards along Arctic Road to the UKSA training centre. Please follow the signage provided. Under no circumstances can entrance or exit be made through the old entrance. To assist a site map is available on our website.
To minimise footfall and traffic on site we are implementing staggered arrival times.
One of our instructors will be waiting to welcome you on site where all course participants and parents / guardians entering UKSA will be required to have a non-contact temperature check on arrival.
Once the temperature check has been completed the instructor will show you where need to go to register.
We kindly request that where possible you are accompanied by one adult for registration.
Designated departure points will be identified for the safe 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.
Changing Rooms and Shower Facilities
Due to the current guidance in place, we are currently unable to open our changing rooms onsite, therefore we ask that all students arrive at UKSA beach ready (swimsuits/boardshorts, rash vests etc), we will have a covered outside area available for changing into wetsuits.
Each student bubble will consist of no more than 12 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 must be worn in the classroom by instructors and students when closer than 1m during delivery.
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.
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.
All students will accept a daily temperature check by a member of UKSA staff
To view all of our COVID-19 policies, please click here.