COVID-19 Policies

Student Conduct

Students will be advised on social distancing (minimum of 2 m) and personal hygiene considerations (washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into their sleeves,  and not touching their face). They are advised not to carpool, share food or gear, except with people that live in the same household (their bubble).

 

During this time of self quarantine/isolation, if they experience any symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, sore throat, chest pain, vomiting or diarrhea they must:

  • Call 811 or public health and make arrangements to be tested for COVID-19
  • Notify the College Education Director (at 250 818 1212  or info@westcoastadventurecollege.com) and inform us of their condition. This information will be kept completely confidential.

 

International Students 

Students arriving from international destinations must make arrangements to self quarantine / isolate for 14 days prior to the start date of their program. This means they must arrive in Canada with time to have a 14 day quarantine period prior to the start date of the program.

 

During this time of self quarantine/isolation, if they experience any symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, sore throat, chest pain, vomiting or diarrhea they must:

  • Call 811 or public health and make arrangements to be tested for COVID-19
  • Notify the College Education Director (at 250 818 1212  or info@westcoastadventurecollege.com) and inform us of their condition. This information will be kept completely confidential.

 

Sick Days 

Staff and students who are ill and will be advised to stay home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

They will be advised to stay home until they can attend the COVID-19 Assessment Clinic before they can proceed with training. A note from the treating MD will be required to return to training.

 

Cleaning precautions 

All classroom facilities and surfaces will be disinfected multiple times a day to prevent droplet contamination and exposure.

 

In Classroom Procedures

Social distancing can be achieved in our facility and it will be prepared to ensure safety of Students and Staff. Students will be advised not to share food, only bring the most essential items for class and leave everything else at home. Santizers will be provided to keep their personal space clean before and at the end of use. They must keep all personal items stored away.

 

Field Procedures

Outdoor classes will be conducted with social distance practices. Any emergency training that would require close-quarter situations such as first aid scenarios will require PPE including gloves, safety glasses and N95 masks. It is recommended students change their clothes after close contact courses such as the first aid course. Their clothes after close contact should be placed in a sealed plastic bag until they return home when they should be taken from the bag and directly placed into the washing machine for cleansing. Then students should wash their hands.

 

Overnight and Expedition Classes

Most activities can be achieved with social distance, those that require close quarter situations will include PPE (gloves and N95 masks). Participants and staff will be asked to bring extra clothing to increase the personal hygiene. (see above). Hand washing stations will be increased with hot water and soap, as well as hand sanitizer.

Students will be asked to cook for themselves or within their bubbles on the overnight trips, to reduce the risk of contamination.

 

Sailing trip mitigation

Students will leave everything they don’t need at home.

They will wash their hands and put on one time wear gloves before boarding

While preparing boats students will be aware of distancing and wear a non surgical mask

Any time that they are required to take their gloves off, they will discard the gloves in a closed trash container.

Students will be taught to remove gloves appropriately.

After discarding gloves and before putting on new gloves students will wash their hands.

All group equipment should be sanitized after each use by the user.

Students will only work on one side of the boat (for sheeting, halyards, etc.)

 

Kayak Class, Practice and Exam Mitigation Practices:

Students will leave everything they don’t need at home.

They will wash their hands and put on one time wear gloves before boarding

While preparing boats students will be aware of distancing and wear a non surgical mask

Any time that they are required to take their gloves off, they will discard the gloves in a closed trash container.

Students will be taught to remove gloves appropriately.

After discarding gloves and before putting on new gloves students will wash their hands.

All group equipment should be sanitized after each use by the user.

For rescues, students will use the new SKGABC rescue guidelines.

 

Bathroom / head use on trips

Gloves will be taken off before entering the bathroom and hands are to be washed before and after use.

The user will sanitize all surfaces after each use.

After sanitizing all areas in the head, the user will wash hands and put new gloves back on.