The world's first Wavegarden Cove has reopened its doors after closing due to COVID-19.
The Wave at Bristol officially reopened on August 1. “Having to close our doors days before the Easter holidays, and on the cusp of our first peak season, was gutting," says The Wave Founder, Nick Hounsfield. "It is properly exciting to now finally have a reopening date. We have been closely following Government guidance and developing a new way of working which will allow us to safely welcome people back to ride our waves. We are currently bringing our brilliant team off furlough and are all working hard to get ready for a summer of surfing.”
In line with Government Guidance and social distancing measures, The Wave has changed a number of things about the way it operates. These include:
*Managing the numbers visiting at any one time.
*Reducing the number of surfers in beginner lessons to 5 plus a coach.
*Maximising the use of the spacious grounds with plenty of socially distanced seating.
*Increasing the frequency of cleaning key areas such as changing rooms and toilets.
*Putting a new ‘one way’ system in place to change the way people move around the site.
*Locating plenty of hand sanitiser points around the site, which staff will ask people to use.
A major change is that all visitors, including non-surfers, must pre-book in order to visit. This is to allow the team to manage numbers across the site and make sure social distancing is maintained at all times. In addition anyone experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, will be asked to postpone their surf to a future date, allowing for quarantine periods as advised by the government.
“We are an outdoor destination with plenty of space around the surfing lake and further afield," Nick adds. "We have now opened up the paths and green areas around the site and added more socially distanced seating, allowing people to easily find their own space to settle and enjoy their visit. We have also added more ‘pop up’ food outlets in the grounds, so people can enjoy a delicious al fresco bite to eat after their surf!”
From this month, surf slots will be available from 7am until 8pm. The day will start with Advanced Plus and Expert Waves running in the first hour, followed by Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced throughout the day. Beginner lessons will be limited with group sizes reduced to just 5 people per coach, as per Government guidelines – lessons will be available every day from 8.30am until 5.30pm, with slots opening up based on demand.
To find out more about The Wave and to book tickets, go HERE.