- Can we do training ashore with groups of more than 6 people indoors?
Yes – Group sizes for training in sport relate to “exercising and dance classes”. It is possible to have larger groups in a classroom style environment provided there is sufficient space to maintain social distancing.
- Can I do my Instructor CPD / revalidation this summer?
As it is unlikely to be possible to schedule CPD / revalidation days ahead of the main sailing season, instructors due to revalidate their qualification during 2020 will be given an extension to the validity of their current qualification to allow them to instruct this summer.
Instructors who have previously held qualifications at any level which have lapsed prior to 2020 will be able to apply on a case-by-case basis to have their qualification revalidated to cover the 2020 season.
- My First Aid certificate has expired and my course has been cancelled. Can I still instruct courses?
Due to the restricted availability of emergency care training courses the requirement to hold an emergency care certificate for certification of Irish Sailing Instructors will be suspended for newly qualifying instructors. Instructors qualifying under these conditions will have a time limited validity applied to their certification and an emergency care certificate will be required to extend this validity.
Currently qualified instructors with emergency care certificates which lapse this year will be permitted to continue instructing until they are in a position to revalidate their qualification.
With these arrangements in place it is important to emphasise that there must be someone with a valid emergency care certificate onsite, identified and available at all times when activities are taking place.
- My commercial endorsement has expired, can I still work?
In light of the position of the European Union and of the International Maritime Organisation, the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA) of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) is adopting the following measures and procedures to provide for a temporary extension to the validity of seafarer certificates in order to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the maritime sector as much as possible. For further details please read Marine Notice 14 of 2020
- Are inspections still going ahead and will this affect my recognition status?
The normal programme of Training Centre inspections will be suspended for the 2020 season. Inspections will be replaced by support visits from Irish Sailing staff to see if there are any specific requirements the Training Centre has and help ensure that the return to normal activity is carried out safely. Training Centres are still required to complete the Safety Declaration covering all of the normal operating procedures and insurance requirements.
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