We acknowledge that this is a hard time for many people. We have had difficult conversations between ourselves, our staff and our students. After completing a detailed risk assessment, we have decided to take a cautious approach when it comes to managing the risk that Covid 19 adds to our activities.
We have chosen this response due to the following reasons:
Because these consequences are so serious for us as divers, we will require vaccine passes for all participants of the following services we provide:
We will not be running programmes for under 12s until vaccines become available. This is really sad for us, as teaching children brings us a huge amount of joy but unfortunately, it doesn't alter the consequences outlined above.
Retail will work much the same as it is now. Masks must be worn, social distancing of 1m will be required, you must scan in and sanitize on the way in. We ask that you don't wait in the reception area and move straight into the shop. Retail customers will not be permitted to go "out the back" or upstairs.
We wish we didn't have to implement these restrictions but covid is a reality that will no doubt be in Dunedin very soon and we love what we do too much to jeopardise it.
We respect everyone to make their own choices about their bodies and we hope our choices are given the same respect.
This drawing is by our daughter Charlie Kōwhai Anderson (6). Charlie has had lung issues in the past and because of this, it is likely she will never scuba dive. She loves the ocean and this was a very hard realisation for our whānau but medical fitness to dive can't always be wished into reality, it is what it is. We hope the measures we are taking will help to protect our diving community from a similar prognosis.
Ngā mihi, take care
Virginia, Dan and the Dive Otago Team.