COVID-19 AND DIVING
SIMON MITCHELL ON COVID-19
Simon Mitchell is currently one of the leading decompression researchers and speakers in the field. An active cave and tech diver from New Zealand, Simon is a physician specializing in occupational medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and anesthesiology.
The below video was filmed on 19 Sept 2020, the ~2 minutes from 57:06 to 58:20 is on-topic for COVID considerations for divers.
WET ROCKS DIVING PHILOSOPHY ON COVID-19
We’ve made many modifications to keep our students and instructors as safe as possible in these strange times. Safety is top priority and we are being more conservative with respect to COVID than most. We’ve modified procedures, require masks, have enhanced physical distancing, and are avoiding indoor classrooms. For those of you who don’t know North Florida, it is rural so it is possible to get some distance and avoid crowds with the right knowledge of sites and their traffic patterns. The dive center we use is in a county that requires mask use indoors.
Our instructors are taking the COVID risk very seriously. Our instructors are practicing strict social distancing and mask use both inside and outside of class time when around anyone we don’t live with, we are not gathering in social groups, and we are avoiding dine-in restaurants. We are looking for students with similar attitudes, diligence to hygiene, and similar perspective on the COVID situation.
We will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate week by week; if the data significantly changes or a massive spike in cases occurs again, we may need to make further adjustments. We implore all students to reduce their risk of exposure before and during class as much as possible by avoiding higher-risk behaviors, wearing masks, and social distancing. Do it for your TEAM!
Wet Rocks Diving COVID Policies and Forms
COVID CONDITIONS CHECK
If you had COVID-19 or have previously tested positive for COVID-19, you MUST tell your instructor so they can make sure you know the required steps for you to be able to participate in class.
If you are not comfortable with the current state of the virus, please contact us at Wet Rocks Diving. Safety is our #1 priority. Please remember that we still don’t know the long term effects of COVID; one’s ability to continue diving could be challenged if pulmonary or circulatory damage occurs. Anyone who has any possible symptoms within 60 days of class (or guided dives) or has been contact-traced/possible exposure within 40 days of class (or guided dives) should reschedule. If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, please see your student profile at GUE.COM, “Statement of Understanding” for requirements to join class post-recovery. Guidees or coaching clients should refer to the Health Declaration and Statement of Understanding below.
There will be NO financial penalties for those who reschedule due to COVID symptoms/potential-contact or COVID concerns. Students who have rescheduled, even if a new date has not been selected, will be permitted and encouraged to do the online portions of the class while they wait for their class and thus will likely get MORE instruction and MORE value for their tuition. Rescheduled clients will be grandfathered for professional fee pricing in place at the time of their original class date.
Please also see our FORMS PAGE
HEALTH DECLARATION AND STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING – for guiding/coaching clients only
For Wet Rocks Diving guiding and coaching clients who have not completed a GUE Student Profile, you will be asked to complete a Health Declaration and Statement of Understanding prior to your participation in a diving event and will be asked to sign this document on day 1 of your diving event. Please review the document linked above now, but you do not need to print; we will have copies for you when you come to your diving event.