We have been working hard here at Skydiving London Skydiving Centre getting ready to restart our operation after COVID-19.
Risk assessments and extra team training have been carried out, as well as changes made to our clubs operating procedures following guidance from our regulatory body British Skydiving and advice from the government.
We want to share these with you so you know exactly what to expect and how you can do your part to keep everyone safe.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS ON BOARD OUR AIRCRAFT
Please ask yourself:
In the last 14 days, have you been in contact with someone who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 or has had a positive test for Covid-19? – this does not apply to Healthcare Professionals who have protected themselves against the virus.
In the last 14 days have you tested positive for COVID-19?
Do you now, or have you in the last 14 days had any of the following symptoms: Fever, cough, loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting or muscle aches and pains?
In the last 42 days (six weeks) have you had any of the above symptoms and have mostly recovered but have still been left feeling a bit unwell or short of breath?
Have you travelled outside the UK in the last 14 days to a country that does not have a “Bridging Agreement” with the UK?
In the last 14 days have you been disregarding basic social distancing practices in your daily life, e.g. not wearing a mask in busy public places and not staying at least the Government recommended distance (2 metres at the time of writing) away from other individuals when possible?
Do you live in a locality, or work in a facility, which has had a local lockdown order imposed and still in force?
While at home, are you in frequent direct contact with individuals whose health is at high risk if they are exposed to COVID-19, such as those in the Governments Vulnerable or Extremely Vulnerable and Shielded groups?
Are you in an Extremely Vulnerable and Shielded group?
Following the most recent government announcement with regard socialising in groups of 6 we have reviewed our processes and procedures and have to advise the following;
Our instructors and staff are classified as being at work, the skydiving participants are under continued sports tuition and are therefore under our direct control from the point of crossing our Covid19 declaration and temperature checking area.
The visitors that come with participants have always since reopening been restricted to 6 persons in one vehicle carrying the participant.
THIS WILL NOW BE STRICTLY ENFORCED
Any persons arriving onsite not in the vehicle carrying the participant will we are afraid not be allowed entry, any vehicle containing more than 4 persons plus the participant will also be refused entry at this time.
We will require prior notification via email to firstname.lastname@example.org of the following detail for each vehicle:
- Participant name
- Visitor 1 name and contact telephone
- Visitor 2 name and contact telephone
- Visitor 3 name and contact telephone
- Visitor 4 name and contact telephoneWe will also be requesting that the groups ensure that they maintain social distancing as per the government guidelines and that only one person per party visits the catering facility.
We are sorry that we are having to implement these further procedures that even to us appear a little draconian - however to enable you to have a safe and enjoyable experience we unfortunately have no alternative.
Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.
Please open and complete the PdF document HERE, you will require adobe reader for this then print it and bring it with you on the day. This may only be signed on site.
Where possible please travel by car and avoid sharing lifts with people outside your own household. The Airfield Management is allowing one saloon car sized vehicle per
On arrival you will have your temperature checked.
If your temperature is 37.8c/100f or below you will be given entry allowing you to jump that day. If not, you will be asked to re-book your jump for another occasion.
Whilst at the airfield please could we ask that you regularly sanitise your hands using the sanitising units positioned around the site. Soap and water are also available in the toilet block which will be open.
Please do not enter any of the marked restricted areas unless you have been specifically asked to do so by a member of our team. We use these areas for kitting up, packing the parachutes, administration, and training. You will also need to sanitise your hands both on the way in and on the way out.
Please provide you own face covering and wear it whenever social distancing requirements dictate.
You can make a face covering from an old T-Shirt by following these government guidelines.
To minimise the use of shared equipment we will not be using our normal jumpsuits.
Could we therefore please ask that you bring with you a set of clothes suitable for jumping which cover your arms and legs (for example tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt) as well as your own gloves.
A pair of properly laced up trainers will also need to be worn.
During the short flight to altitude, and for the jump itself, you will be attached to your instructor. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid this as it is the very nature of Tandem Skydiving and essential for your safety. Other skydivers may also be on board the aircraft.
To minimise the risk of virus transmission all jumpers on board the aircraft will be required to wear face coverings and keep talking to a minimum. Where safety allows the aircraft door will remain open to allow fresh air to circulate the cabin. Approximately two minutes before jumping, face coverings will need to be removed and stored safely so as not to cause a safety hazard during freefall. Further details about this will be provided during your training.
Face coverings should then be refitted as soon as the parachute opens.
To help with social distancing we will assign a table number in an open air area - your group should remain at this table unless instructed otherwise and only one nominated person from your group should visit the catering facilities, all persons aged 12+ MUST be masked at ALL times whilst onsite. Should someone in your party have an exemption this MUST be advised before attending so that we may advise all staff etc. Should you arrive before your allotted time or the programme be delayed for whatever reason we shall be asking participants to set up camp around their vehicles in the carpark.
To make your experience more enjoyable please feel free to bring with you anything you might need to aid your comfort as this is an open air space without any shade
or covering – such as portable chairs, sun beds, sunshades, picnics etc. Once your training commences you will not be allowed to return to the seperate spectator area until
your jump is completed to minimise contact points. Skydiving is a weather dependant activity and as such it is impossible for us to guarantee specific jump times – which is why
we ask participants to always allow a full day when attending.
The airfield café will be open but serving a reduced menu. CASH PAYMENT is required.
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