Moreton Bay Able Anglers, like all businesses, industries and individuals are taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously.
As a business, we have a duty of care to our participants, their accompanying support workers, our team and of course, the general public surrounding our sessions.
At this point in time, the Australian Government has advised to limit travel and movements to “essential travel” to assist in containing the COVID-19 disease. There are precautions that have been suggested by senior medical staff such as;
– Washing of Hands
– Coughing into your elbow
– 1.5M Social Distancing
– Limit groups to 10 people or less
All of these aspects and advices we have considered, due to the way in which we operate our service and the sole purpose of our service, we are considered a respite service which for all intense and purposes, is an essential service.
You may ask “How is fishing an essential service?”
It is not simply a matter of fishing, first of all, we are restricting our sessions to 1-on-1 sessions (Participant, Support Worker and our team), fishing itself is a therapeutic activity enjoyed in the great outdoors.
Further to this;
You don’t even need to immerse yourself in the ocean water to reap its benefits. One Australian study that looked at the benefits of salt air on surfers suffering from cystic fibrosis found that salt air helped clear out the patients’ lungs, with some of the study participants even reducing their reliance on certain antibiotics.
Combine the benefit to a participants respiratory system with the benefits of Vitamin D and you have yourself a significant set of tools to assist in fighting this virus, of course, providing other advices are followed such as Social Distancing.
According to Richard Shuster, PsyD, clinical psychologist, he agrees that blue has a profound calming effect on people. “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state,” says Shuster.
Negative ions have been shown to have a pronounced anti-depressant effect as well. As early as 1932, American research engineer Dr. Clarence Hansell noticed that the mood of one of his colleagues fluctuated in response to the type of ions – cheerful when subjected to positive ions and gloomy when subjected to negative ones.
Subsequent studies have found that the act of negatively ionized air — the kind you receive when you get outside for a gulp of fresh air — can alleviate symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
So when you take all of the above into consideration, you can see why we are considered a respite service. Moreton Bay Able Anglers and Mother Nature are doing our part of society.
Until such times are directly presented with a notice to cease by the Australian Government, our sessions will continue to operate on a individual basis under the health and medical recommendations with all precautions considered and actioned where appropriate.
You can see our available dates for sessions on our Events Page, if you wish to discuss booking a session, please contact us.