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COVID-19 Update | 18th December

By INSS, Saturday, 18th December 2021 | 0 comments
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Update to reflect new public health measures effective from 20th December.

The current measures are planned to stay in place until the 30th of January 2022. While these measures are due to be reviewed earlier in January we are planning on the basis that these restrictions will be in place for the month of January.


Offices & Clubhouse Closed

In line with advise to work from home, our offices and clubhouse will be closed to the public from Monday 20th December. Please don’t call to our offices as we will only be available by phone or email from Monday 20th December until the 30th of January. Please note that where courses continue, access to the clubhouse will be permitted for those attending courses.


School Closed 21st December to 4th January

The school will be closed from Tuesday 21st December to Tuesday 4th January. No access to the site will be permitted without agreement with Operations Manager by staff or customers in this time period.


January 2022

Shorebased Courses in January

We will be cancelling our shore based teaching currently scheduled for January. This will affect the following programmes:

  • VHF Course 1, running Monday 17th – Thursday 20th January
  • Coastal Navigation for Small Boats Course 1: 25th, 27th January, 1st and 3rd February

These courses are being cancelled on the basis that programmes are scheduled to run in the evening, and events are not permitted to take place after 8pm. Customers on these programmes will be contacted by Monday 20th December with options

  • Trainee Instructor VHF Courses & First Aid Courses

While these programmes are due to take place in early January during the daytime, we will be reviewing the situation closer to the scheduled course dates. If we are not fully confident that the programmes can run safely, we will not undertake them.

Practical (on water) Courses in January

We have a number of scheduled National Powerboat Certificate courses in January. These will proceed on the following basis:

  • Courses to run outside as much as possible.
  • Where courses run inside, times indoors will be limited and full ventilation will be employed.
  • In line with newer regulations for sports facilities, we will be requiring all attendees to present a digital COVID certificate in line with public health regulations.


Looking further ahead | EU Digital COVID Certificate...

Since the 7th of December 2021 the EU Digital COVID Certificate is required for attending programmes such as the ones we offer. We will apply, expand and restrict this measure in line with regulations in place at the time of the programme. We will not refund fees where someone is unable to produce an EU Digital COVID Certificate at the time of their programme.


INSC Sailing

INSC sailing will continue in January, due to resume on Saturday the 8th of January. The following measures will need to be applied:

  • Dinghy Sailing – all sailors will once again need to arrive and leave in gear. The clubhouse including changing rooms will be closed. The meeting point will be the slipway.
  • Keelboat Sailing - all sailors will once again need to arrive and leave in gear. The clubhouse including changing rooms will be closed. Sailors will not be able to leave in gear bags. VHF radios and lifejackets will be distributed from the clubhouse front door.
  • INSC Members attending outside of sailing times – unfortunately to allow INSS staff maintain activity as safely as possible INSC members will no longer be able to access the clubhouse/maintenance facility outside of sailing times. Unfortunately, this means that INSC members will have to pause partaking in maintenance activities for now. This will be reviewed in early January.

All of the above measures are instigated to ensure that only staff are in the indoor areas and that staff required to keep the operation running are in contact with the absolute minimum of other people.

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