3rd July Update
The First Minister confirmed yesterday 2nd that the travel restrictions to 5 miles for recreation purposes will be lifted today 3rd July, with the exception of Dumfries and Galloway where there has been an outbreak. The advice is not to travel into or out of this area at least for this weekend.
Physical distancing at 2 metres remains in place except for specific circumstances associated with allowing businesses to function, but mitigations will be required to be agreed and put in place.
The wearing of face coverings in shops will become mandatory from next Friday 10th July.
The travel restrictions have probably been the greatest barrier to diving, and while from tomorrow it will be possible to go diving again, albeit in a limited fashion,( Newsletter sent to members today) the Scottish Government guidance must be followed. Please do not put yourselves, your families and your dive buddy at risk.
Please also make sure that your membership is up to date and you have assessed yourself against the UKDMC scorecard ( Covid-19 advice and support 26th June 2020: medical guidance ) before you consider going diving.
As usual all the government advice is available here https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
And of course diving specific advice is accessed on and through the ScotSAC /BSAC websites.
26th June 2020: medical guidance
The UKDMC have developed a score card for divers to assess whether or not it is safe for them to go diving, if they have had, or think they may have had Covid 19.
The implications for the lungs of divers is serious if they have lung changes due to the virus. There is a risk of barotrauma and other respiratory difficulties.
It is important therefore that you read all the guidance information available on this site and elsewhere and in particular note the medical advice.
All renewing members will now complete the new medical form and it is imperative that you declare an episode of Covid 19 or symptoms
Use the score card to assess whether you need to seek advice before you go diving. UKDMC Scorecard
Advice can be obtained from ScotSACs own medical referee or via a medical referee on the list available here. http://www.ukdmc.org/medical-referees/. Contact details can be obtained via HQ or via the listing on the UKDMC website.
24th June 2020: Phase 2 & 3 Scottish Government guidance
Following Scottish Government announcements today you will no doubt be delighted to hear that from 3rd July the 5 mile distance restriction will be lifted. This has probably been the biggest obstacle to a return to diving in Scotland.
Although it is possible to go diving now provided you can comply with Scottish Government guidance, e.g. the dive site is within a 5 mile radius of your home, from 3rd July this advice will be lifted and travel beyond the 5 mile radius for leisure and recreation purposes will be allowed. This makes travelling to dive sites much more viable.
Sport Scotland are keen for us to point out that
- Public health and wellbeing remains the most pressing priority
- We all have a responsibility to do what we can to continue to supress the spread of the virus
Until 3rd July we remain in Phase 2 of the route map and much of the guidance from the government regarding regular hand washing, cleaning of surfaces and remaining at 2 metres distance from others, remains in place and you can read the whole transcript of the First Minister’s announcement at the link below including the note of caution in relation to the spread of the virus, which, if increasing again, will possibly result in a reversal of the measures to move out of lockdown.
The “Phase 2: ScotSAC/BSAC GUIDELINES – extension to exercise, outdoor sport guidance” which was submitted for approval to Sport Scotland as a requirement, is to be read in conjunction with the ScotSAC/ BSAC documents already on this page.
In it you will find links to a number of other Government and NHS guidance documents and you are encouraged to comply with
However, you should still consider the following.
- Above all you should comply with the government guidance of the day bearing in mind that the situation can change very quickly.
- From 10th July “ People can meet in extended groups outdoors (with physical distancing)“
- Bear in mind that wherever you go, local facilities e.g. toilets, may still not be open
- Bear in mind that people local to the dive site may still not be comfortable with the presence of "strangers"
- Consider the burden on the emergency services and the NHS in the event of an incident and if you have not followed the government guidance ScotSAC insurance will be void
Above all ...
Stay Safe. Protect Others. Save Lives.
18th June 2020: Latest Guidance for Phase 2
ScotSAC & BSAC
ScotSAC as the national governing body for Scotland and BSAC as the UK national governing body for the sport of underwater activities have prepared the guidance in this document to support a controlled and safe return to diving following relaxation of restrictions on activity and travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland.
These notes are intended to provide a framework for a return to diving following easing of the Scottish government restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is based on current knowledge and understanding of the risks associated with the outbreak and the current scientific evidence informing decisions by government and other relevant authorities. It is acknowledged that the evidence base and knowledge surrounding the outbreak is rapidly and continually evolving and so the guidance will be reviewed regularly and be subject to update and amendment as appropriate
The guidance is formed of a series of separate guidance notes covering specific activities. The framework is set out in the diagram below and shows the key hierarchy from Government evidence based rules and guidance down through regional and local government rules, infrastructure, transport and emergency service support to the guidelines.
The next level in the hierarchy is medical fitness to dive alongside the ‘STATUS’ which represents the current position in Scotland plus that of the UK and the other devolved administrations on lockdown rules, as Scottish divers may travel to those locations. The STATUS document in particular reflects both the current differences between the devolved administrations and the expectation is that this will be the document most likely to change regularly.
The remaining sections represent what will be presented as separate documents reflecting different aspects of diving activity, which are likely to be subject to differing access as lockdown rules are progressively relaxed. They are prepared as separate documents to facilitate ease of updating plus tracking and managing version control as the situation changes.
The links provided on this page will direct you to PDF documents on the BSAC website for each section including the STATUS document.
All content will be subject to continual review and update as evidence base, public advice and greater understanding of the virus develops.