Sligo Surf Experience's
Surf School Covid Safety Plan

Sport Ireland and Irish Surfing, the national governing body for the sport in Ireland, have allowed surf schools to reopen provided they implement a thorough Covid Safety Plan.

Sligo Surf Experience have successfully reopened their doors and are operating our lessons according to our extenstive Covid Safety Plan. This webpage will give you all the information you need to know about our surf school's safety plan and allow us to take all possible precautions this summer to help maintain public safety.

Safety is number one at Sligo Surf Experience and Covid is no exception. Thankfully, by implementing a few simple, straightforward changes, our customers have been able to return to the waves and have as much fun as ever in a supportive and safe environment.

The safety and well-being of our customers and staff is of paramount importance. While the country has successfully and gradually reopened, it is still important to be alert now more than ever before

How we operate under our new covid safety plan

Sligo Surf Experience was able to reopen our surf school last month after carefully considering and following all available government advice. The Sligo Surf Experience manager received assistance from both Irish Surfing and a working group of top surf school managers from around the country.

After lots of careful consideration and following all available government advice and guidance, we re-opened our business in a gradual and controlled way. Initially, the biggest change was reducing the maximum number of surf camp or surf lesson participants to 8 people. After June 29, when outdoor gathering of up to 200 people were allowed, surf schools were able to increase the maximum number for group lesson. Most of our group surf sessions will still be with a maximum of eight people with a maximum of 15 people for larger group bookings and for busy/peak times.

Due to increased demand, Sligo Surf Experience has lowered the prices for private and one to one coaching.

As our surf school is outdoors, it is easier to ask our customers to social distance. Within the walls of a building there is a higher chance of the virus being confined so being outdoors means the virus is much easier to avoid. However, we are asking our customer's friends, family and/or spectators not to come near the surf school for sign in or equipment retrieval. And customers are reminded that they have a duty of care not to arrive for their surf lesson if they have a temperature or flu-like Covid 19 symptoms.

All of our surf sessions have been revised and adapted to make sure that they are following the government and Irish Surfing guidelines. Sligo Surf Experience is open based on the knowledge that it is possible to achieve a safe surfing session and maintaining the two metre social distancing rule at the same time. After all this time spent indoors, surfing is an excellent way to reconnect with the outdoors.

So what is different?

Our new measures are designed to eliminate the need for physical contact between our staff and our customers.

Most of our surf lessons will be staggered an hour apart to avoid group mixing at our meet up point on Strandhill Beach. All our wetsuits and surf boots that are used by customers are going through a much more rigorous cleaning phase before it is allowed to be used by the next customer. We have bought a heavy duty neoprene shampoo to completely clean and sanitise our wetsuits and booties and each piece of equipment will be left for at least 48 hours before being used by another customer. In addition, now all our surfboards and bodyboards are being sanitised after use.

We will not be using public changing facilities, which were closed in March by Sport Ireland.

A new operating procedure has been put in place so that we can begin to enjoy the ocean again in a safe and responsible way.

1. Staggered customer arrival.
Customers will be asked to arrive at different times throughout the day.

2. Asking Customers to be prepared.
Via our confirmation email, we are asking all customers to arrived prepared for their surf sessions to avoid delays and only bring one bag to store their belongings. We are asking customers to store their belongings in their own cars, if possible, and only use storage provided at our surf school if required.

3. Increased wetsuit wash.
All of our wetsuits are now being soaked in both Milton sterilizing fluid and a heavy duty neoprene shampoo to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned. These procedures have both been medically proven to kill COVID-19 coronavirus. In addition to this, we have increased the soak time of our wetsuits for a better wash.

4. Sterilising all surfboards.
All our surfing equipment such as surfboards, bodyboards, accessories and safety kit are being regularly sanitised before they can be used again.

5. Rotating the use of our equipment.
Our surf school stocks enough equipment to be able to stagger the use of our equipment ensuring that there is sufficient time between sessions to allow them to be fully cleaned and sanitised and be fresh for use for the next customer.

6. Social distancing.
We have updated our instructing and coaching for all surfing and bodyboarding lessons so we are able to constantly maintain a safe distance between staff and customers. When they arrive, customers are asked to adhere to social distancing measures for the duration of their visit to our surf school. So, unfortunately, no handshaking or hi-fives or things like that.

7. Client details.
These will be kept for contact tracing purposes in line with all current government guidance and with data collection policy and GDPR.

8. Bring cash in an envelope and pay online where possible.
When you call to book an experience you can pay via EFT thus eliminating the need for handling cash. If you need to pay in cash we ask you bring the correct change in an envelope.
9. PPE For staff when required.

10. Customer equipment.
We ask that customers bring their own equipment, where possible.

With our new procedures in place, we are confident you can enjoy your surf lesson safely in a low risk, outdoor environment. Surfing is a big part of the Sligo lifestyle and we are delighted to see so many people back in the water enjoying the waves.

If you would like to book a surfing lesson with us, call Seamus on 0877471915 or email us (info@sligosurfexperience.com).