As we move into “Alert level 3” on 01 June 2020, we have been led to believe that paraglider training schools will be allowed to operate. The following are our intended procedures to resume operating in Alert level 3. This post will be updated as and when we know more about the regulations and any recommendations by SAHPA.

Compliance Officer:

As per Government regulations our compliance officer to manage operations ensuring the following procedures will be our Chief Flying Instructor, Ria Moothilal.

Transport:

  • All transport arrangements will be in line with the latest applicable government regulations. Our usual mode of transport which is an 8-seater crew bus can carry a maximum of 4 occupants
  • All occupants will use a face mask or other covering ensuring that the nose and mouth are covered to help limit the spread of the virus
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at all times

Training Sites:

  • Flying sites will be dependent on what is allowed by the latest applicable government regulations. Currently, this excludes public beaches and SanParks
  • We will make use of the private training sites accessible to the school or other sites that are suitable for the training to be undertaken in line with the applicable regulations
  • All physical training will take place in an open-air environment
  • Any theoretical training will take place via online means

Pre-training screening:

Students and instructors will need to answer the following questions on a daily basis. If answering yes to any of these questions the student or instructor will not be permitted to attend any training activities on the day:

  • Have you been in contact with someone who has COVID-19?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Do you now or have you in the last 14 days had any of the following symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, or loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you travelled out of the country in the last 14 days?
  • While at home, are you in frequent direct contact with individuals whose health is at high risk if they are exposed to COVID-19?
  • Have you been disregarding basic social distancing practices in your daily life, eg, not wearing a mask in public and not staying at least 1.5 metres away from other individuals when possible? If you haven’t been protecting yourself on a daily basis, you are more likely to have been exposed to the virus even if not showing any symptoms.

On-site protocol:

  • Students will adhere to social distancing recommendations on site i.e. a minimum of 1.5m spacing. Shaking hands and other social contact gestures are forbidden.
  • All students and instructors will wear a face mask or other covering ensuring that the nose and mouth are covered to help limit the spread of the virus
  • The Compliance Officer will maintain a daily register of all students, staff or any other personnel that contact is made with. This register will be used to assist with contact tracing efforts

Contact tracing:

If any student or staff member contracts COVID-19 withing 14 days of training it is imperative that they inform us. We, in turn, will follow-up with contact tracing efforts notifying all those who have been in contact with the person. The name of the person will not be released by Air School Paragliding

Unsure if you want to train right now?

Remember, our vouchers are all valid for 3 years from the date of purchase. If you’re not happy to undertake any training now, feel free to wait it out.

We will update this post as we know more.