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Training during Covid-19

For students who will be joining us on a Flying Fish Course during Coronavirus.

Before you start training with Flying Fish

If you have any of the following symptoms or have been in contact with a family member or friend that has symptom of COVID-19 then must isolate for 14 days, you will not be able to begin training with Flying Fish.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your check and back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than normal)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or state – this means you have noticed that you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What if I display symptoms of COVID-19 during my course?

  • Immediately isolate in your room and contact Flying Fish by phone
  • A COVID-19 test will be organised via the test centre on the Isle of Wight
  • You will have to isolate for 14 days
  • Where possible, a family member will be asked to collect you from the accommodation

It is hard to distinguish between the common cold, flu and COVID-19. Any customer shows symptoms listed above will be asked to self-isolate.

We expect all customers to behave responsibly while with us, adhere and respect the rules that are in place to keep you safe. Please note that Flying Fish cannot be responsible for any consequential loss if you are to contract COVID-19.

Additional protection measures we have implemented to keep you safe

Face masks

  • To reach us you will be travelling by public transport, including the Red jet fast ferry, therefore you will be required to wear a face mask
  • You will need to wear this face mask while on transport we provide
  • We recommend that you invest multi use – N95 mask.
  • We may ask you to wear a face mask during training session when in the classroom


You will be staying in your own room rather than in a shared room, as described on our
website. The accommodation will be deep cleaned before your arrival and departure. Cleaning products and hand sanitiser will be provided, and we will ask you to sanitise communal areas like bathrooms and kitchens after use. Details will be provided during your course briefing.


Due to the restrictions in place our kitchen will be out of use and no food will be allowed in the training centre, unless eaten outside. Cowes is full of Coffee shops so you will be able to get your fix!

Classroom based training

  • Due to the 1m social distancing rules we will ask you to sit 1m apart and always return to the same workstation.
  • Instructors may not be able to show equipment to you in the same way as we are used to
  • Sessions may be shorter allowing more time outside
  • You will notice additional cleaning routines by our staff
  • You will be asked to sanitise your hands whenever you enter or leave the training centre or accommodation
  • You may be asked to clean areas that you have used, including bathrooms and kitchens.

Sea survival

Part of your Sea survival training will take place in a swimming pool. Flying Fish provide transport to the pool via a coach. The guidance around swimming pools is likely to mean that changing rooms “may” be out of bounds. This may mean we will need to change into dry clothes at the side of the pool and travel back to the accommodation.

If changing by the side of the pool concerns you then we suggest that you bring a Poncho style towel or alternatively a dressing gown.

Making the course fun

Feedback from customers that have trained with Flying Fish in the past remarks on the great time they had and the friendly instructors and staff.

Despite this dreadful virus and the restrictions in place our team want to make your journey as fun and enjoyable as possible, so rest assured you will have a great time.

You will get further details during the course briefing at the start of your course

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