Updated: Oct. 25th
Based on the CDC/EPA and Diver Alert Network recommendations as well as the Mexican Ministry of Health we have summarized important protocols that will be implemented as we restart operations. They are subject to be reviewed periodically as new guidelines might arise.
The objective is to guarantee a safe workspace for both employees and guests and mitigate the risk of infection on our operation.
Staff Requirements – Arrival at the shop
– Staff should wear face masks at all times.
– Body temperatures will be taken and recorded in books. Staff will be asked to sign a declaration of health daily.
– Captains will sign daily their sanitary procedures on the book.
Guests Check-in and requirements
– Zero-Contact Check-In.
Digital paperwork, certification cards, and waivers including new HEALTH DECLARATION FORM / COVID-19, need to be signed in advance. Payments in advance are available through PayPal.
– Personal protective equipment such as face masks or bandanas is mandatory for both staff and guests at all times except in the water. Bandanas will be available for sale at $20 We encourage our guests to bring their own barrier protection.
– New regulator mouthpieces will be required. Guests are recommended to bring their own mouthpiece or will be required to buy one at the shop for $5.
– Guests are reminded to not touch their faces and wash their hands regularly.
– 6 Feet social distance rule always applied.
– Avoid physical contact with staff and other guests
– The dive shop, picnic table, and boats will be sanitized daily in accordance with the CDC protocol. There will be displays at facilities to remind guests and staff of the protocols.
– Multiple hands-free sanitizer dispensers, water, and soap will be available at our facilities and boats.
Gear Handling and Sizing
– We recommend our guests bring their own mouthpieces or they will be required to buy at the shop for $5.
– Gear sizing will be conducted onboard our boats, an open-aired space avoiding confined spaces such as our office.
– If a guest is diving multiple days with rental gear, his or her gear will be marked and used again after daily cleaning and sanitizing procedure.
– Clients and staff are required to disinfect hands prior to gear handling and assembly
– Tank valves will be sanitized before loading
– Clients should never touch the tank valves
Snorkel and Scuba General Procedures
– Scuba and Snorkel activities can only operate with a brand new mouthpiece properly packaged or with the guest‘s own mouthpiece.
– No saliva will be used for mask defogging
– There will be products available for defogging,
Cleaning and Disinfection of the gear
– Biodegradable soap and bleach must be used for cleaning the gear
– Stringent Gear Disinfection based on CDC guidelines: 1/3 cup of bleach (5 tablespoons) per 1-gallon water with minimum contact of 10 minutes, mechanical force including toothbrush for tight spaces.
– The process of disinfection is done exclusively in containers for this sole purpose.
– Regulators are disinfected with a chlorine bleach preparation
– Neoprene wetsuits, tanks, belts are washed with bio soap and abundant water.
– There is a procedure of identifying gear that is in the process to be cleaned and gear that is already cleaned.
– Well ventilated shelves are used to store gear in an easy way
– On boats, the minimum distance should always be taken into account.
– Divers are distributed in zigzag, taking into account the wind. They are required to remain seated at all times.
– Staff will avoid physical contact with the clients at all times.
– Before boarding the boat disinfection gel 70% alcohol is provided to each guest.
– Disinfection gel 70% alcohol is always provided onboard.
– Face masks are always required onboard up until before getting in the water.
– The management of gear is always done with facemasks
– The ladders, containers, hatches, handles, buttons, or any other common pieces are disinfected accordingly.
– After each trip, deep disinfection and cleaning are done on heavy traffic areas like seats, benches, deck, toilets, ladder, rails.
– After disinfection, no other people will be allowed on board until it time for the clients to come aboard.
Food and drinks aboard
– We recommend all our divers to bring their own water bottles.
– Communal fruit will be avoided and only peeled fruit will be delivered such as oranges and bananas.
– On the boats, seat spaces will be marked zigzagged with masking tape making sure to keep at least 6 feet apart of each other. We will operate to a lower capacity dictated by the local authorities.
– On the boat the communal dunk bucket won’t be available anymore, each guest will have a bucket under the seat with freshwater and soap to rinse the mask and avoid cross-contamination.
– Our Emergency Kits on board will be supplied with up to date barrier protections, instructors will be updated with the latest CPR guidelines by Divers Alert Network.
Pick up of divers at hotels
– If picking up divers at hotel piers, hand sanitizer will be provided.
CDC Disinfection Guidelines:
• First, clean the surface or object with soap and water.
• Then, disinfect using an EPA-approved disinfectant
• If an EPA-approved disinfectant is unavailable, you can use 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions to disinfect.
• Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together. Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection for up to 24 hours.