Following publication of England’s ‘Roadmap’, the Committee met to discuss what it means for our diving and training programme. There is still much we don’t know, and these are the earliest dates that these steps will be taken, with all dates subject to review. But this is where we think we are:
Two people from different households can meet for exercise outdoors. However, we should still be staying at home as much as possible and facilities won’t be open at this stage.
No diving-related activity can take place.
Outdoor leisure facilities can open from this date, and the Rule of Six will apply outdoors, which means that up to six people from different households can meet. However, travel should still be minimised, and we can’t stay anywhere overnight.
We have now started running training/refresher sessions at Wraysbury. We have some Clidive kit available for member use, and public kit hire (including wetsuits/drysuits) is also available.
STEP 2 – 12 April
Pools can open, but only for ‘individual use’. Only self-catering accommodation can open and bookings will be restricted to one household. Outdoor hospitality can open.
We will have use of Ironmonger Row Baths from Thursday 29 April, but only for ‘individual’ or household/bubble activity. Members can borrow kit to refresh their skills and/or bring their own kit for testing. Training/refresher sessions will continue at Wraysbury as above.
STEP 3 – 17 May
Pools can start allowing ‘organised sport’, which includes dive training. Remaining accommodation can open, along with indoor hospitality. Up to 30 people can meet outdoors and the Rule of Six will apply indoors. Social distancing rules will still apply.
We will now be able to resume formal training in the pool. We should also be able to resume diving trips from this date, using the social distancing protocols we developed in August. Any hard boat trips are likely to run with six rather than 12 divers.
Our first dive trip will be over the May Bank Holiday. We have also scheduled a training trip for SD/DL/AD in mid June.
STEP 4 – 21 June
If all goes well, everything should be open and operating close to normal. The Government will carry out a review of social distancing measures ahead of this date.
If social distancing measures are reduced, we should be able to go back to normal training, running full RIBs and having 12 people on a hard boat.
2021 Dive Programme
The following trips have been cancelled:
2–5 April (Easter Bank Holiday): Portland
6–8 April: West Bay
17/18 April: Portland training
1-3 May (Early May Bank Holiday): Portland
Members booked on these trips should already have been contacted by the Dive Manager. All deposits will be refunded in full.
We will update members via Newsplash on plans for outdoor training/refreshers, pool training and any new trips that we will be adding to the dive programme. We will also aim to keep the website as up-to-date as possible.
During lockdown we are running regular Thursday night Zoom sessions, comprising a talk followed by chat. Weekly email reminders are going out to members – please join us!
Training matters: Training Officer (Mark Kelly) email@example.com
Scheduled dive trips: the relevant Dive Manager (see the Dive Programme)
General diving matters: Diving Officer (Nick Barter) firstname.lastname@example.org
BSAC has published a diving-focused summary, along with important guidance on how we can all prepare ourselves for our return to diving. Please take the time to read this and think about what you need to do before you get back in the water.
You can also find information, including a ‘scorecard’ from the UK Diving Medical Council (UKDMC) here.
Last updated 19 April 2021