Booking: Bookings can be made via email or phone. Payment by electronic transfer or cheque should be made prior to the start date or arrival at the centre. Please avoid paying by cash.
Booking will now involve the completion and return of a group COVID 19 declaration form at least three days before the visit. This will declare ALL group members including leaders/ teachers/ SNAs are COVID free. This will also have to be confirmed on arrival.
If anyone in your class/ group is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, high temperature, breathlessness), have had contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case in the 14 day lead up to your session OR returned from abroad recently, we ask that the group DO NOT come to the centre .
We will require a detailed list of all participants attending the OE programme including all leaders, date, arrival and departure time
We will also be keeping an OE activity register for each activity session listing each sub groups (i.e. kayaking groups, hillwalking group), activity location and OETC staff working on that activity. A contact log will also be used to record any incident of necessary close contact (rescue, equipment check etc). These records are available should they be needed for contact tracing with public health officials if required.
We may ask you to meet us at a specific activity site (GAISCE walks, Field Study site). We will confirm if this is the case before hand so you can arrange a toilet stop somewhere along the way.
IF coming to the centre, please pay attention to our HSE signage regarding COVID-19 prevention measures. We request that all participants use hand sanitiser upon arrival and departure and whenever appropriate during activities.
There will be separate entry and exit points signposted. Please keep to the flow. Doors will be left open where possible.
We have hand sanitising dispensers containing up to 85% alcohol hand gel located around the centre and at our activity sites. Our instructors will also carry a small bottle of hand gel. Staff will use sanitised hands to lay out any equipment.
Capacity and occupancy have been reduced to manage physical distancing, activities, cleaning of equipment and facilities. The current capacity is ONE class group per day / programme. This class will be divided into smaller sub groups for activities. These groups will have separate activities and do alternate activities during the day. They can have separate bases and have lunch separately if required. Equipment will be sanitised between use by different sub groups and all equipment will be cleaned and sanitised again at the end of each day. Sanitising at point of contact (hands) before and after using any equipment (harnesses, ropes) will be reinforced. Hand hygiene and cough etiquette will be reinforced.
Activities available: kayaking, hillwalking, rock climbing, orienteering, shore walks , Gaisce walks, raft building.
Bus capacity: 50%
Our staff will lead, coach and assist as always however they must now maintain the recommended physical distance guidelines. They will give instruction on methods for participants to develop skills etc. We do still have to help each other when needed so all hand sanitisation protocols will apply when helping carry any equipment. Our staff may not always be able to maintain physical distance from students and they may need to get closer to manage safety and risk. Staff have masks to manage close contact and will minimise close contact at face to face level as well as limit the duration, type and intensity of any close contact. A contact log is maintained for each activity session.
Our changing rooms and showers are currently not in use. Tents will be made available for changing and one set of toilets will be available for use. Do please observe signs regarding entry, exit and queuing. Toilet areas are cleaned, disinfected and sanitised regularly.
Equipment washing and sanitisation:
Equipment is washed, sanitised OR quarantined for 72 hours after every session. Kayaks, canoes and other hard equipment are wiped or sprayed using a Milton solution. Buses and all interior touch points are sanitised frequently through the day.
All frequently touched centre surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly.