How can I be sure that COVID-safe practices are actually being followed?
We will take care to set up camp in ways that enable people to be safe by keeping distance. We will be using our game cones to mark how we want students to distribute (8 feet apart on land) when we’re giving safety talks, and during any work outs we give. 6 feet of distance is already customary for surfers, but we will be encouraging 8 feet and not allowing students to share waves. For now, we will not be having tents, and will try to have as few personal belongings on shore as possible. Instructors will wear masks during transport/pickup/dropoff, and stand facing the wind when giving instructions. We will be monitoring instructor temperatures and symptoms daily, and asking all parents to do the same with participating students. We will have signs placed around the beach reminding everyone of proper safety behavior.
What are we doing about shared surfaces?
Unlike past summers, we will not be lending out equipment, including boards, wetsuits, rash guards or anything else. For those who are surfing all summer but don’t have something they need, long term arrangements can be made, but Surf Academy will not be storing and lending daily. It is not recommended for students to use the beach showers and bathrooms at this time.
Will there be hand sanitizer available?
Are there any other major changes to programming due to COVID?
Yes. We are shortening surf sessions, following these recommendations, to a maximum of 2 hours. We are also keeping groups much smaller than usual, while maintaining the same instructor to student ratio.
What if I want to pay with a check?
We would much prefer payment through mindbody, since it’s safer for COVID (following these recommendations) and also our typical preference. However if that is the only way you can pay, we will make a concession.
You said I should clean out my wetsuit, how do I do that?
Don't use shampoo or soap, and NEVER put your wetsuit in the washing machine or dryer. The best way is to use wetsuit cleaner, which you can order online at Body Glove, or buy from Dive n Surf. Surf Academy uses an enzyme wash called Pau Pilau, which you can get off Amazon or directly from the company.
Things for Parents to Know:
Everyone needs to bring their own equipment. We’re not going to be able to let students borrow boards, wetsuits, rash guards or anything else because there's a transfer risk on shared surfaces. If a student comes without a rash guard, they can only surf under parental supervision. If you’re going to be surfing all summer but don’t have something you need, we can talk. I have boards that I can rent or give you for the duration of the summer, I just won’t be able to keep them for you.
Bring everything you might need. Your child needs to be sunscreened up 20-30 minutes prior to getting to the beach. We cannot touch your child to help them apply/reapply sunscreen. Please have them well-fed and well-watered. Bring a filled reusable water bottle so they don’t need to use public facilities. Snacks are great if they’ll want them. However, there will be absolutely no sharing allowed. We will have emergency supplies, and that’s exactly what they’re for: emergencies.
Don’t travel with others outside your household. While carpooling is usually super fun, it’s just not a safe way to get to and from practice right now.
Take your kids temperatures, and be mindful of your activity outside of surf academy. If you have been exposed, please don’t come to practice. If you are having any symptoms, please don’t come to practice. Parents will be expected to take their kids temperatures daily before coming to practice. Also, make sure to clean out your wetsuits between sessions, and of course shower yourself too. It is not recommended to use the beach showers for any of this.
We need to cover our nose and mouth on the way to and from the water. This can be with a mask, but it can also be done by pulling your rash guard up and over your nose/mouth on the way up and down. Our intention is to build social trust between differing households and in the community.
While the beaches are open, the parking lots are still closed. The stay at home order has been extended in Santa Monica till June 30. Immediately, that means parking along the west side of Ocean Ave isn’t allowed. Please, if you’re doing more than simply dropping off and picking up, plan for extra time to park and walk a block or two.
Make sure your kids understand the importance of social distancing, and are willing to be conscious of distance. While instructors will be enforcing and reminding students of safe practices, students must be willing to cooperate for them to work.