Coronavirus (COVID-19) - what you need to know…
By iPowerboat Ltd, Mar 13 2020 10:41PM
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - what you need to know…
Information about the virus itself and how to prevent it spreading
iPowerboat Ltd is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and advises that you follow the current government advice. The UK Government guidelines will be updated frequently with the latest information you need to be aware of to keep yourself and others safe, so please visit the guidelines regularly to check for the latest updates.
This page was updated on 13 March 2020.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
iPowerboat Ltd’s guidance around coronavirus is consistent with advice from the UK government. It is vital that you keep up-to-date on the latest advice about Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
What is the current risk level to the UK?
The global outbreak has now been labelled as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The risk to the UK has been raised to high.
What do I need to do?
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
• a high temperature
• a new continuous cough
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
The best ways to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and almost all other germs, is;
• Regular handwashing, using soap or a sanitiser gel
• Cleaning hard surfaces in your home and immediate workspace (including equipment such as keyboards, mice and telephones) using disinfectant sprays and wipes
• Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing using a tissue and disposing of used tissues without delay
• Thoroughly cooking meat and eggs before eating them
Prior to arriving on our courses
If you have suffered from the virus, or show the symptoms of the virus, then please do inform us prior to your arrival. We may advise, depending on the current circumstances, that you do not attend your course.
Will my RYA training course be affected?
iPowerboat, like many other businesses, will be doing everything possible to remain “open for business”. However, as the virus develops and more is learnt, further preventative measures may be placed to reduce the growth of the virus to help with the impact on our health services.
Currently, we intend to temporary stop to Sea Survival courses, and a limit on the student to instructor ratio on first aid courses.
If you cancel more than 5 working days prior to the course date for Coronavirus COVID-19 we will offer a full refund on the course, or an alternative date will be offered once you have recovered. Our current policy is for 2 weeks notice for course cancellations, but as the symptoms may not have shown that far in advance, we have reduced this period to 5 working days
It is recommended that you have suitable travel insurance to cover any costs in the event of cancellations.
If you are worried about your course, then please do contact us. It is recommended that you have travel insurance to cover any losses due to cancellation.
What is iPowerboat Ltd doing to reduce the virus’ impact?
iPowerboat Ltd have briefed staff and instructors on the importance of personal, vessel and classroom hygiene. Additional hand washing gel dispensers have been installed in our classrooms and vessels to allow for regular hand washing.
We are stopping Sea Survival courses temporarily. This decision has been made on the basis that, as a company, we do not have control over public pool facilities and cleanliness. We’ve identified public pools and their facilities as a high risk area.
We are limiting our first courses to very small student to instructor ratios. This is to reduce the likelihood of contamination. All equipment is regularly cleaned prior to COVID-19 being announced. However additional cleaning of equipment such as training de-fibs, as an example will now occur.
Cleaning rotas have been updated, so that cleaning is now carried out more regularly, and thoroughly. We have identified all high-risk areas for contamination, from touch taps, through to using navigational aids such as Portland plotters and dividers.
What shall I do, if I get ill on my course?
If you show the symptoms, we will request that you leave the course immediately, and travel home. You should then isolate yourself for 7 days as per the UK Governments guidelines. The other course students will to be advised to self-isolate. The course will be rescheduled for a later date.
If you are on a practical course, and develop the symptoms at sea, then please inform the instructor, the vessel will make best speed towards the home port for you to depart the vessel.
If this above occurs, then the premises and vessels involved will be fully deep cleaned, and will not be used until the RYA Principal is satisfied that all surfaces are clean.