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JUNIOR COURSE BRIEFING - SUMMER 2020

Welcome to Queen Mary Junior courses. We are delighted that following HMG’s announced release from lock down in England, together with cautious confirmation and guidance from the RYA, to be running Courses this Summer 2020 at Queen Mary Sailing Club. 

It is great to be open but it's not business as usual. Please read this junior courses page carefully so you know what to expect and how we will be delivering this summer. If you have any questions please email (sailondon@queenmary.org.uk) - we hope everything is answered on this page.

Lets do this - We're look forward to see you. 

Whats different for Summer 2020

  • We are not allowed mass gathering so there will be no mass parent briefing, parents and carers this is your briefing. 
  • On site we have a number of outdoor, open sided shelters set up as 'hubs' for the half day courses. Students to be dropped off and picked up at their hubs.
  • On a daily basis at no time will the collective of all students on site gather outside of their group of six.
  • Each group consists of a maximum of five students and 1 instructor. Please note the instructor may change day to day for the delivery of the activity, particularly for multiple activity Water Fun courses.
  • On the first day you will be guided to your hub. You will then drop off and pickup from the hub.  
  • We are currently only running half day (3 hour) courses. Morning and Afternoons.
  • The Club house, changing and catering facilities are closed, we do have access for toilets only. 
  • Students are not required to wear face coverings.
  • Students who do not take the restrictions seriously and do not follow our Covid-19 guidelines will be removed from the courses, for everyone's safety. 

More detail

  • Sailing kit such as wet suits and buoyancy aids will be named and allocated individually to the student.
  • We would like the student to take wet suits home and come changed and ready to go sailing the next day. 
  • Please wear a swim suit to get changed in to kit on the first day, please can parents stay on site to help children get changed on the first day. 
  • Parents are allowed to stay on site, maintaining social distancing but please note the club house is closed.
  • All must leave site as soon as their session has finished and have been signed out.
  • There will be a sail past at the end of the week - please come an hour before the end of the last session finishes to see the on water action
  • There will not be a mass gathering prize giving at the end of the week, celebrations of achievement will be done by instructor in their hub. 

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19

Please read these guidelines carefully before you book or set off to visit QMSC and please keep checking them before making future visits, since they will be periodically updated with the latest information. 

Social distancing must be maintained by everyone on site at all times.

Please watch our safety briefing video

The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and wellbeing and to minimising pressure on the frontline services. We all have a role to play in adhering to the Government guidelines and therefore we ask you to observe the following:


BEFORE VISITING

Check our website for the latest information 

  1. Are you fit to visit? Please do not attend QMSC if you, or anyone in your household, are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. Book your visit: Please book your sailing visit on the club website, completing one form for each visit you intend to make. The time you book is your time to go out on the water, so please arrive up to 30 minutes before the start of your time slot to allow for rigging/launching. Those intending to come to QMSC, but not sail, contact the office via the sailondon email so we can let you know when it is possible to come up. This this has to be done in advance.
  3. Before traveling: Please check the club website for the latest information; if changes in Government guidelines require the Club to be closed again, this will be communicated first at www.queenmary.org.uk
  4. Please bring a Water Confidence & Health Declaration Form before visiting if possible https://www.queenmary.org.uk/assets/QM-Documents/QM-Health-and-Water-confidence-Declaration-2018-v2.pdf

 

What to bring

What to bring on the Day:

  • Swimwear, suitable footwear, shorts (to go over wetsuit) & Towel
  • Basic wind/waterproof jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Health & Water-confidence & Health Declaration Form
  • Logbook (if you have one) 

What NOT to bring:

  • Mobile phones, tablets
  • Dogs onto the site 

We provide:

  • Wetsuits
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets

 

Useful information

  • Weather - too much or too little wind is never an issue, nor reason to cancel. There is always theory to cover and alternative activities to focus on. In the unlikely event of extreme weather we will make a call in this particular situation.
  • Student Behaviour is taken seriously with a zero tolerance to bullying. All users of QM are expected to show respect and understanding for each other. Further details can be viewed in the QM Code of Conduct on the Queen Mary website.
  • All children MUST be signed in and out by an adult daily (unless we have written authorisation in advance).
  • No child may leave site without a parent/guardian or permission slip. You can email this to us at: sailondon@queenmary.org.uk

Your step by step guide

  1. Buzz in at front gates. We will then tell you where to park (lower car park to the right) then up stairs to clubhouse. You will also be told where your meeting point is for the week. A, B, C, D, or E.
  2. Meet at meeting points. Please stay 2m apart or 1m+ where not possible to do so at all times and on markers.
  3. Instructor will meet you and give you a Medical form to fill in if not completed.
  4. Next, the instructor will issue wetsuits for the week. You must then stay with your child until they are changed.
  5. Sign in your child once changed with the instructor.
  6. Free to leave or stay on site. Please note you cannot stay onsite outside of the tuition time.
  7. To exit you need to buzz at exit gate

 

Thank you for reading, we look forward to seeing you soon!