COVID-19 protection measures on your course
In accordance with guidelines issued by the Greek Authorities and advice from the RYA, we have put in place a number of rules and measures to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. It is incumbent on everyone aboard school boats to recognise and abide by them.
The boat will avoid visiting remote areas with only minimal heath facilities.
Prior to embarkation, all those joining the boat will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their potential contact with the virus. They will also be asked to provide a telephone number that they can be contacted on during the next 14 days.
Everyday, each person onboard will have their temperature taken by a crew member. This will be recorded in a health record and be available for scrutiny by health officials.
All those onboard must:
Clean their hands when returning to the boat from going ashore.
Whenever entering the interior of the boat.
Whenever handling lines that have been in contact with the shore.
After using the heads.
Before using the galley.
Before using the navigation area or touching any instruments.
Hands should be washed for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water or by cleansing with 70% ethyl alcohol hand cleanser that will be available at the entrance to the boat's interior.
Everyone onboard should keep at least 1.5m away from other crew members or passengers.
If you cough or sneeze do so into a tissue (which must be properly disposed of) or into a shirt sleeve.
No visitors should be taken aboard the boat.
Caution must be taken when going ashore:
Maintain social distancing (1.5m)
Wear PPE (mask and gloves) in enclosed places when ashore.
Clean hands thoroughly before coming back aboard.
Ensure any shoes worn when going ashore are properly cleaned when coming back aboard.
Keep shoes worn ashore out of the interior.
if a fellow crew member or passenger is developing symptoms of the virus (cough, fever or shortness of breath) inform a crew member.
Be aware that the boat has an Isolation Plan to deal with someone that is showing COVID-19 symptoms.
Isolation Management Plan
If a person onboard shows any of these symptoms: cough, fever or shortness of breath, they must be immediately isolated and the detail of this plan followed.
The patient must be placed in a pre-designated Isolation Area aboard the boat which must have good natural ventilation. The Isolation Area on your school boat is the forepeak (the cabin at the front of the boat).
They must be given a surgical mask to wear and other persons aboard must keep away.
Anyone that visits the patient, for whatever reason, must wear all the PPE items in the Patient Isolation Pack provided (namely: mask, goggles, gloves, waterproof gown and boots).
The PPE must not be reused and must be disposed of in a refuse bag.
The wearer must thoroughly wash their hands.
The Skipper/Captain is responsible for the implementation of this plan.
The Skipper/Captain will immediately contact the next port of call and inform the Health Authorities of the boat’s arrival.
The Skipper/Captain will be prepared to consider a different next port of call if the medical facilities are considered better.
If there is no monitored VHF station at the next port of call the Skipper/Captain will contact the Coastguard on Olympia Radio and request advice.
The Skipper/Captain will prepare a written statement regarding the condition of the patient over the previous 2 days for presentation to port authorities.
The patient must be examined by a Doctor as soon as possible and given relevant tests.
If a laboratory test confirms that the patient has the virus all those in contact (the entire crew and all passengers) must isolate for 14 days under the direction of the relevant Health Authority.
After the patient is removed from the Isolation Area it must be thoroughly ventilated and cleaned with a solution of diluted chlorine (4 teaspoons of chlorine to 1 litre of water) or 70% ethyl alcohol. Cleaning materials should be discarded or washed at 90°C before reuse.