Dive Operations and COVID-19

 

A few basic rules apply to everyone, including staff and customers, regardless of activity.

  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (unless working with compressed gas, especially oxygen-enriched gas).

  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters), and avoid direct contact with other people.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Make sure you and the people around you follow good respiratory hygiene. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and dispose of the tissue right away.

  • The CDC recommends wearing a face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Defer to local orders with regard to masks/face coverings to ensure compliance.

Oct / 01 / 2020 

What actions should I consider during dive boat operations to prevent possible COVID-19 transmission?

This situation is one in which the risk of transmission will be high due to the limited space and proximity of people. At a minimum, consider the following suggestions. Note that these recommendations are for day boat operations; liveaboard operations are outside the scope of this answer.

  • Consider reducing the number of divers per boat to better respect social distancing, and discourage any non-diving passengers.

  • Any materials not needed for the dive operations or for safety reasons should not be taken on board.

  • Have all equipment on board before you start boarding the divers.

  • Have scuba units assembled before divers board.

  • Consider protecting masks, snorkels and second stages/mouthpieces by securing them in such a way as to limit contact/exposure.

  • Boarding procedures should be organized to respect social distancing at all times.

  • Pre-dive mask rinse buckets should not be used. Anti-fog should be used, but spitting in masks should be discouraged or disallowed (especially for rental masks). Consider having divers supply their own masks instead of providing rentals.

  • Encourage regular hand hygiene by staff, especially when handling customers’ equipment.

  • Social distancing is important to prevent the spread of a virus, but one should keep in mind that on a moving boat or in the wind, the virus may travel a longer distance. The use of protective masks will reduce the risk of contamination, but the virus can be present on any surface on board.

  • Advise everyone on board to avoid touching anything unnecessarily and to avoid touching their face.

  • Remind divers not to share equipment or even let their equipment touch.

  • Maintain social distancing while divers enter the water, and ensure that divers do not crowd together on the surface without a compelling reason to do so.

  • Encourage divers to maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) of distance when clearing their nose, sinuses or throat at the surface or after a dive.

  • Maintain social distancing when divers get back on board.

  • In general, customers should be responsible for assembling their own equipment. If crew members handle customers’ equipment, they should practice hand hygiene before and after handling each customers’ gear.

  • Encourage divers to handle only their own equipment.

Oct / 01 / 2020

About the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)infection 
In response to the expansion of the emergency declaration and a request for leave from Okinawa Prefecture, we will implement temporary leave on the following schedule.
 
 
We are closed from 24/April to 20/May.

We will inform you about the reservations you are currently receiving in order. The schedule is until May 20th, but it may be extended depending on the situation. In that case, we will inform you again. We look forward to working with you in the future.

2020/MAY/07   

About the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)infection 
In response to the expansion of the emergency declaration and a request for leave from Okinawa Prefecture, we will implement temporary leave on the following schedule.
 
 
We are closed from 24/April to 6/May.

We will inform you about the reservations you are currently receiving in order. The schedule is until May 6th, but it may be extended depending on the situation. In that case, we will inform you again. We look forward to working with you in the future.

2020/APRIL/23   

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