As all of you know, the world has changed dramatically since March. Lockdowns were put in place in most of the countries to reduce the spreading of the pandemic. After few months most of the countries were able to get out of the lockdown and the economy started again slowly. But as you know the virus Covid 19 is luring at every corner. All possible precautions are recommended. One moment of inadvertence can have a great impact on your life.
Diving is starting to restart and we are ready to welcome you. Of course we took all necessary steps to let you enjoy your diving in the safest way possible. But to stay safe while diving everybody has to contribute, not only we but also you need to take precautions.
What is Covid 19?
The novel coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2, is the cause of the disease Covid 19 and is part of the viral group known as "corona". We don't want to be to theoretical about this.
But just keep in mind that this virus is spread by respiratory secretions in a variety of ways including aerosolized droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing. Also touching surfaces contaminated with the virus or close contact with a person who has the virus can get you infected.
The incubation period of the virus is between 2 to 14 days.
Covid 19 recommendations related to scuba diving
The most important measure against the new coronavirus is that if you feel sick, you have fever, a cough and difficulty to breath, you should stay home and seek medical advice. In that way you are not only taking care of yourself but also protect other divers against getting infected.
Keep in mind and apply the basic protective measures against the Covid virus, such as:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Maintain social distancing, 1,5 meter distance between each other or in the case it
isn't possible wear your mask.
- Avoid as much as possible to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when sneezing or coughing.
From our side, we guarantee you to adapt our groups during the trips taking into account the regulation regarding social distancing. The boat is also cleaned and disinfected on daily base. During the trip, you will find enough soap or alcohol based gel to clean your hands regularly.
Disinfection of diving equipment
As stated the diving industry is built on trust. With that in mind, we want to feel confident in the hygiene of our rental diving equipment and our disinfection procedures.
For divers that are not travelling with their diving equipment, we guarantee that our rental diving gear is thoroughly disinfected after each use. The entire regulator is disinfected as well as the BCD oral inflators and the internal BCD bladder. Masks and snorkels will be hand washed and soaked to disinfect. Our team will be required to wash their hands and use sanitizer before handling any dive gear.
If you are travelling with your personal gear, we will provide you with a personal storage place. We feel that it is best for divers with their own gear to clean and disinfect their own diving equipment between each dive to limit contact. Cleaning solution will be at your availability in order to do the necessary.
While Covid 19 can almost be asymptomatic it can also lead to severe damage of lungs and heart, two important organs regarding your diving activity.
So for people that have been infected with the virus, several studies prove that it is recommended to wait 1 to 3 months before diving again, depending on the severity of the symptoms. It is proven that the risk of pulmonary overpressure and heart failure is increased for persons that have been hospitalized for reasons related to Covid 19.
We know it is long when your passion or love is diving but for your own health and the one of your co divers we are asking you to read the above carefully.
We are continuously following the government regulations and adjust our procedures to ensure that everyone remains safe and so you can enjoy a stress free diving holiday with us.
If you have any question or you would like to make a booking, don't hesitate to contact us. We will gladly provide you with all the necessary additional information.
We are looking forward to welcome you to dive with us, here in Hurghada.
Until then, please stay safe and stay healthy.
The Dive Hurghada team.