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Yes. We have reduced the number of guests aboard the vessel by 50%.
Yes. All snorkel gear, flotation toys, noodles, jackets, etc. are washed, scrubbed and soaked in PureGreen24, a registered product on the EPA list which kills Coronavirus, MRSA, Norovirus and more. PureGreen24 disinfectant retains a 24-hour residual effectiveness.
Yes. We disinfect ALL touchable surfaces; vessel railings, counter tops, restrooms, handles, table tops, etc. with Oxivir ®TB – Hospital Grade Disinfectant Cleaner, which kills coronavirus in 1-minute.
No. We are not offering the self-serve buffet anymore. Instead, an assigned crew member will be serving you from the buffet. Communal foods, such as condiments, chips, etc. have been eliminated and replaced with individually packaged servings.
Yes. We’ve installed Plexiglass Sneeze guard protectors at our food and beverage stations and between seating areas, both on the lower and upper decks, the food & beverage bar, the check-in podium, and our newly remodeled retail store. We’ve added more sanitizing stations on both the lower and upper deck. Three new touchless sensor bathroom water faucets have been installed in our restrooms for prevention of cross contamination.
Yes. We accept Apple Pay and Google Pay, “no touch” transactions are applauded.
Yes. For the comfort and safety of everyone on board, we request that face coverings be worn. It’s Hawaii State Law for anyone going into a business and if you’re interfacing, whether a customer or employee, both sides have to wear a mask. Violations of these orders could result in a misdemeanor with fines of up to $5,000 and/or up to one year in prison. We have disposable masks available at no charge as well as some impressive ones for sale. Note: You don’t need to wear a mask while in the water, eating or drinking beverages.
Yes. All Body Glove employees, crew and wait staff are trained and have access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as needed. PPE includes but is not limited to disposable gloves, eye and face protection, and masks.
BELOW ARE THE GUIDELINES WE ARE FOLLOWING
FEDERAL REOPENING GUIDELINES
As part of the Federal Government’s reopening guidelines employers have been asked to develop and implement appropriate policies, in accordance with Federal, State, and Hawaii State regulations and guidance, and informed by industry best practices, regarding:
Social distancing and protective equipment.
Use and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas.
Business Travel Employers are to monitor the workforce for symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider. Develop and implement policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing following employee positive COVID-19 test.
Companies should establish and implement policies and procedures that monitor employee health, reinforce healthy hygiene practices, establish social distancing, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensure vessels and facilities are appropriately cleaned and disinfected. These policies and associated procedures are incorporated into existing company health and safety policies and vessel operations.
MONITORING EMPLOYEE HEALTH
Develop health screening procedures for employees, to identify symptoms of, and exposure to, a respiratory illness.
Implement continuous employee self-monitoring protocols for symptoms and temperature measurement to identify when employees are starting to exhibit symptoms:
If employees feel sick, we will have them stay home. Employees need to self-isolate and inform their supervisor immediately if they develop a fever (100.4 F / 38 C or higher), begin to feel feverish, or develop other signs or symptoms of sickness including coughing, and shortness of breath. If their condition worsens, they should contact their doctor. We will conduct temperature checks for employees reporting for work and departing from work.
Develop procedures to report and manage ill personnel, including crew members and passengers:
Coast Guard Hazardous Condition reporting while underway. See Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin 06-20 for more information.
Protocols for employees who have been or may have been exposed to COVID-19 positive individuals:
Employees should stay home as per CDC guidance. Actions to be taken when crew member/employee tests positive: If the employee is home, they will stay home until they get return to work authorization from their doctor. If the employee becomes sick during the workday, they will be sent home immediately. Surfaces in their workspace should be cleaned and disinfected. Companies should initiate Contact Tracing with local public health staff: Compile Information on persons who had contact with the ill employee or passenger during the time the employee had symptoms and two (2) days prior to symptoms.
Others at the facility or vessel with close contact within six (6) feet of the employee during this time would be considered exposed.
HEALTHY HYGIENE PRACTICES
To reduce spread of respiratory infections including COVID-19, CDC recommends that companies encourage employees to:
Perform recommended hand hygiene by washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Crew will use face coverings and disposable gloves when in the bar and food service area. Also, when in close contact with customers more than 6’, such as assisting customers with fitting snorkel masks. Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or use the inside of the individual’s elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as countertops, handrails, and doorknobs. Avoid using other employees’ phones, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use. Use foot operated trash containers with lids.
State Executive orders may state maintaining social distancing on snorkel vessels Reduce the number of passengers permitted on board to help maintain social distancing In some areas onboard the vessels, we can tape off sections of seats to help maintain social distancing. Holding areas used prior to boarding should allow for social distancing. Design a process to ensure guests stay separate while waiting to board the vessel. The process can include floor markings, outdoor distancing, increased boarding times, etc. Provide hand sanitizer for guests to use, including contactless hand sanitizing stations. Where possible, workstations should be staggered so employees avoid standing directly opposite one another or next to each other. Where six feet of separation is not possible, we will consider other options (e.g., face coverings) and increase the frequency of surface cleaning and sanitizing. Use on board vessel announcements and signage to request passengers adhere to social distancing. Thank passengers for their patience as company personnel work to ensure their safety.
VESSEL FOOD & BEVERAGE GUIDANCE
Waitstaff to wear face coverings (as recommended by the CDC) at all times while on board. All meals are served to guests by waitstaff.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Ensure all employees are trained and have access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as needed. PPE includes but is not limited to disposable gloves, eye and face protection, gowns, and masks:
Instruct crew members and other staff in the proper storage, use, and disposal of PPE. Wrong use or handling of PPE can increase the spread of disease. Establish and implement policies and procedures for employees and passengers regarding the use of face coverings and personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of COVID-19 among employees and passengers: Vulnerable individuals should wear face coverings when at work. Vulnerable individuals are: Older individuals, 65 and older. Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy. Face coverings should be kept clean. Cloth face coverings can be machine washed.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
Implement a stringent vessel sanitation and disinfection regime. Particular attention should be paid to high-touch surfaces, common areas, and passenger spaces:
∙ Identify and purchase proper chemicals and PPE needed for cleaning and disinfecting various surfaces throughout the vessel, facility, and materials (stores, equipment, luggage, etc.) moved from shore to the vessel.
∙ Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect, use products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, and are appropriate for the surface. See EPA and ABS guidance in the reference section for more product information.
∙ Consider using disposable towels or rags when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
∙ Conduct proper pre and post cruise cleaning.
∙ Operating station cleaning – Wipe down the entire wheelhouse with a disinfecting cleaner
including chart table, instruments, chairs, helm, consoles, radar control panels, VHF radios, binoculars, pens/pencils, etc.
Cleaning/Disinfecting high touch areas throughout the day: Doorknobs, Door and Window Handles Faucet and Toilet Handles Gangway Railings Chair Armrests o Tabletops Vessel Railings Any additional High Touch Areas you may have on your vessels. After hours deep cleaning/disinfecting: Consider use of third-party cleaning company capable of disinfecting vessel surfaces Use fogging (electrostatic) technology with recommended chemicals (see resources) Use UV technology with appropriate PPE and safety protocols (see resources) Bar and Snack Bar Sanitation: Disinfecting of Food Preparation and Bar Surfaces before and after service. Cleaning and disinfecting of material loaded aboard the vessel may be guided by current information from the New England Journal of Medicine dated March 17, 2020, which studied the persistence of COVID-19 virus on various materials: Cardboard 24-Hours Plastic 72-Hours Stainless Steel 48-Hours Copper 8-Hours Note: Other materials were not tested. Use maximum persistence as guide.
Alternatively, material to be loaded on board the vessel can be placed in a warehouse or holding area until the virus is no longer viable (persistent).
VESSEL & FACILITY OPERATIONS
Manage crew/employee rotation to minimize potential cross contamination:
Stagger shifts for reporting to and departing from work. Consider dedicated crews on vessels. Have back up crews/replacement personnel available in the event crew members fall ill. Clear social distancing guidance given for crew. Congregating is discouraged. Restrict guests and personnel from the bridge when practical. Some operating stations on smaller vessels are located within the passenger compartment. Establish perimeter 6 feet from the operator. With the exception of passengers, personnel are limited to company personnel, law enforcement (local and Coast Guard), surveyors, tech reps, and medical Hand washing or hand sanitizing stations are available at the base of vessel gangways.
Working with local law enforcement partners, Body Glove will develop contingency procedures for dealing with noncompliant individuals and groups.
It is the nature of the domestic passenger vessel industry that there will be interaction between vessel crews and their passengers.
Commit to a safe working environment for crew/employees regarding passenger interface:
Reduce Cash Handling between Guests and Employees. Credit/Debit Card only at onboard POS systems. Credit/Debit Card only at Ticket Booth/Kiosk. Cash Tips still allowed onboard. Body Glove has reduced Ticket Exchanges between Guests and Employees. Pre-purchased ticket sales go right to the boat and check in. Public address systems – Issue microphones to tour guides/narrators to eliminate shared use. Reposition or reroute ticket printers forward facing allowing customers to collect their own tickets, thus reducing contact. Install Plexiglas barrier in front of cash register and service area. Provide appropriate distance for the remaining bar counter, minimizing server-guest contact.
IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS WITH PASSENGERS AND THE PUBLIC:
Reservations, Social Media Company commitment to passengers – Good Personal Hygiene and Increased sanitation practices have been implemented.
Passenger commitment to operator if you are sick – Stay Home!
Vessel and Facility Signage posted regarding social distancing, wearing of masks, and location of hand
sanitizer stations. Public announcements regarding social distancing.
Ticket Kiosk Signage posted about Credit/Debit cards only. Signage posted about Staying Home if you are sick or displaying symptoms.
Snack Bars/Bars Signage posted about Credit/Debit cards only.
Signage posted about Proper Hand Washing Techniques.
http://www.passengervessel.com/members-only.html Passenger Vessel Association
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html Current Public Health and Safety Information on Covid-19.
https://www.coronavirus.gov Public information provided by the U.S. government related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus What the U.S. government is doing in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19.
https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Featured-Content/Mariners/Marine-Safety-Information-Bulletins-MSIB/ Provides Coast Guard guidance on reporting and infection control measures for vessels.
https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Featured-Content/Mariners/Marine-Safety-Information-Bulletins-MSIB/ Provides a list of EPA approved products that are effective against COVID-19 and other SARS-CoV-2 related viruses.
ABS Guidance Notes on Response Measures to Covid-19 for the Marine and Offshore Industries – 2020: Go to https://ww2.eagle.org/en.html for the latest guidance.
https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/food-safety-and-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19 FDA guidelines and references for food service establishments.
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf OSHA reference document for COVID- 19 related issues.
Discover Kona’s underwater paradise! Accessible only by boat, join us in the crystal clear water of the protected marine sanctuaries of "Red Hill" which are home to more than 600 species of enchanting ocean wildlife.
Spinner dolphins frequently join us along the way to the snorkel site. Relax on the trip back with a cocktail from our premium cash bar and enjoy the timeless beauty of the Kona coastline.
First-timers or experts of all ages can snorkel with us and we provide all the equipment you’ll need including Reef Safe sunscreen. Beginners will be confident snorkelers quickly after the fun introduction lesson from our lifeguard-trained crew. Enjoy the inspiring world of Hawaii’s underwater paradise!
All of our cruises are complimented by the first-class amenities on board our state-of-the-art, 65-foot catamaran. The Kanoa II is an award winning, multi-million dollar vessel designed with quality and comfort in mind. Our guests enjoy plenty of shade, cushioned seating, flat screen televisions, a full sound system for live entertainment, and our full-service premium bar. The Kanoa II is equipped with three restrooms, two fresh water showers, a 20-foot water slide, a 15-foot high dive platform, two large double swim platforms, and floatation toys for everyone.
Our crew includes a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, First Mate, licensed bartender, deck hands, and all of our crew is trained in first aid and C.P.R. All of our cruises are wheelchair friendly and kids 5 and under are always FREE.
75-5824 Kahakai Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Our main office is located in the ‘Ilima Court’, it is the closest free parking to the pier, and where you will park for all of our adventures. It is about a five minute walk down to the pier from our office.
Parties of nine or less will receive full refund with 48 hours notice of cancellation. Parties of ten or more require 72 hours notice of cancellation for a full refund. Full refunds will be given in case of operator cancellation.