August Covid Update

Published 11 August, 2020

The islands have been open and welcoming visitors for a month now. We are still adjusting and all is very different, the sailing centres and all equipment are constantly smelling of sanitiser!

We are open and trying our best to give everyone the activities they want for their time here on Scilly. The UK and this includes Scilly (though there is a world of difference!) is still under government pandemic restrictions and social distancing rules.  These rules, combined with the lockdown period previously and the logistics of island life mean we are sadly operating with a smaller team, less equipment and so we are simply unable to offer certain activities.

Please remember that while you are here on holiday the rules still apply, and while it may be frustrating that we can not offer you certain services you would like, please for a moment just think how frustrating it must be for us and our staff to not be able to offer these services to you and the effect that may have on our staff and business  long term. So please be kind we don’t like the rules or situation either.

So we are open at both our St. Mary’s & Tresco base’s. We are offering hire of kayaks, paddleboards (sups), sailing dinghies, motorboats.

We are able to offer instruction in windsurfing, SUP and sailing.  Currently we can not offer powerboat instruction, group sailing or group sessions like splash squad & sail camps.

Sailing instruction: We are unable to put instructors in the same boat as students. So this makes teaching beginners and small children a real challenge. Due to this all tuition will be done in small single handed boats (Picos etc) with instruction from the instructor in another craft. All students must be 12 or over or accompanied afloat by someone who is. There will be no shared or double handed boats unless two persons from the same “bubble” etc. Each session will have a longer shore based briefing than normal to enable you to take to the water safely. A parent/responsible adult must be available to assist with moving equipment for any children involved in lessons or hires and must remain present at the beach through out.

Powerboat Instruction: We currently cannot offer tuition in this as we cannot maintain 1m distance and still be able to safely be in control of the boat for your safety.

Windsurf & SUP Instruction: We are offering basic tasters and beginner to low intermediate sessions, 1:1 or groups.

Endeavour Rib: We are offering all our trips though on reduced numbers. There are no child prices currently due to reduced capacity. Water Taxi, perfect to travel between the islands without the crowds!

Kayak Tours: We are running these on reduced numbers so no child prices.

Wetsuit Hire: We have to quarantine wetsuits for 72 hours after use so we have very limited availability and may not be able to supply for lessons.  Minimum hire unless taking part in tuition is 3 day hire. We do sell wetsuits, though have very limited stock.

Many of our sessions and hires can be booked online either by following the link on the “Contact Page”, if you do not see what you would like then please email or call us.

We look forward to welcoming you and getting you afloat.

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