COVID-19: Preparing for your trip on Gauntlet

Preparing for Diving on the Gauntlet

Welcome aboard! This guideline will help you prepare for your trip aboard Gauntlet under the COVID-19 Safety Management Plan (SMP).

Version date: 05 April 2021

Booking:

In addition to standard requirements for confirming appropriate certification, experience and providing payment information, there are COVID-19 specific criteria that must be met in order to join a trip. When looking to book a trip, you will receive the Gauntlet waiver and COVID-19 release. The waiver will have a valid period of 8-months (which covers 2021 diving). We are evaluating our passenger capacity limits on an ongoing basis. We are currently running below full capacity. We anticipate being at full capacity by June 2021 unless guidance suggests we should limit passenger numbers.

As part of booking, you are attesting that you meet the requirements for booking. We are no longer asking for self-assessments to be completed within 24 hours of the trip.

The 2021 Gauntlet SMP requires that:

  • You comply with MA COVID-19 Guidance based on re-opening phase and any travel advisories.
  • You have not tested positive with an active COVID-19 infection within 14 days prior to the trip.
  • If you’ve previously been diagnosed with COVID-19, you have documented medical clearance to dive. We expect you to disclose your status if this applies, but we will not ask if you have previously been diagnosed.
  • You wear a facial covering when inside the cabin and when practical outside on deck.
  • You maintain awareness, a safe attitude and respect for others who may not have been vaccinated.

Before the Trip:

Make sure you’re feeling good, you are healthy both physically and emotionally. These are stressful times, and diving should be fun. So please make sure you’re ready for diving.

If you test positive or have a reasonable suspicion you are infected or have been exposed, do not come diving. Contact us ASAP to discuss the situation.

Pack all equipment in appropriately sized plastic totes with a lid or a non-mesh bag that can be closed. The reason for this is to keep your equipment contained and out of contact as much as possible

Bring your own water. We will have some water onboard if someone absolutely needs it, but we would like you to bring your own water and keep it among your personal things to minimize the possibility of someone else touching or using it.

Once you change out of your regular clothing and into your diving suit, we will need to place your shoes in your bag or tote. We suggest bringing a plastic shopping bag to place them in, then this can be placed in your bag or tote. We cannot have shoes about the cabin, shoes must not be placed on benches or seats. Shoes are a potential vector and we need to have these contained in your personal bag/tote.

Bring a facial covering. You must be wearing a facial covering while inside the cabin. On deck, wear a facial covering as much as you can and have a place to put it amongst your personal gear as you’re suiting up. Crew will not handle your facial covering.

During the Trip:

When you come aboard the boat, you will wash your hands with soap and water. Feel free to do this as much as you would like. We will ask you to “tidy up” the bathroom after using it. There will be disinfecting supplies/wipes. If everyone does a little bit, it will help everyone.

Your personal belongs and dry items can go inside the cabin. Again, please make sure everything is in enclosed bags. We ask that you keep wallets, phones and keys in bags and not place them on the dash.

While in the cabin you must be wearing a mask. No eating is allowed in the cabin. You may drink in the cabin so long as you minimize the amount of time you remove your mask. We do not want divers dehydrated, so please consume plenty of water on outside on the back deck.

We may offer food on special trips later this year based on the current state of COVID-19 and any available guidance.

After the Trip:

If you would like to pay in cash, this is fine with us. Otherwise, please make sure all your payment info is current before the trip so that we can minimize exchanges and time spent wrapping things up.If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

If you become aware that you have been exposed or potentially exposed (ie, someone you were in contact with tests positive) to COVID-19 after the trip, or test positive yourself within 14 days of the trip, we ask that you let us know so we can inform others who were on the trip.