Sharing our Best Practices for the Covid-19 Pandemic
A few days after the first case was recorded in Malaysia, Nomad Adventure implemented our safety protocol to handle Covid-19. We based it on the protocol we developed in 2003 for SARS, and fine tuned it with the current understanding of the Coronavirus, based on the latest updates from WHO, CDC, iSOS, NHS and other highly reputable research and medical institutions. We have studied advisories from governing bodies of various mountain-sports and whitewater rafting, as well as the industry best practices from many organizations around the world and applied them to our specific local situation.
This document is intended to be a resource for outdoor enthusiasts, schools, adventure tour operators, and outdoor educators so that we can all get back to enjoying the activities that we are so passionate about. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that ALL of us have to practice responsible behaviour so that EVERYONE can be safer. It is our intention that this document will be updated frequently with the latest findings, so please check back here from time to time.
When you book a trip with us, you can be assured that your trip will only have your friends and family with you. We will not mix multiple groups together. Your raft will only have your participants, and if you select a land or high ropes activity, your groups will be “sports distance” apart from other groups. (6m distance for low-intensity exercise to 10m distance for high-intensity exercise).
6. Exclusive transport and lunch sites and staggered starts
Your guide will be trained to maintain appropriate distance throughout the trip. In the areas where our clients gear up and fit their equipment, we have marked spots on the floor so that appropriate distance can be maintained. Face masks and face shields will be provided for staff and clients. In situations where close contact is unavoidable (for example dispatching a client on a zipline or abseil), Nomad guides will have both a face mask and a face shield. Face shields provide additional protection to eyes and prevent you from touching your face.
Dr Eli Perencevich from the University of Iowa tackles the question, Are Face Shields Better Than Face Masks for Coronavirus? The IRF does not advise face masks for whitewater rafting or any water activities as face coverings are not effective once wet. Therefore during our whitewater rafting or SUP trips, clients and guides will use face shields instead of face masks. Also, face shields may be used by themselves in situations where the guide is giving instructions from more than 6 meters away. Face shields promote clear communication because they allow visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception.