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Flying Forwards under new management

So for those who don't know already, Georgia Schofield is now running the Flying Forwards windsurfing school for NZ Sailing/Watersports up in Manly.
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Seafari Windsurf School is for sale

We have been operating this summer time business in Mercury Bay Coromandel Peninsula since 1994 , now we are moving on. It is fully operational, mobile and with the option to add kayak hire as we have.
enquiries to June Ph 07 8660677 email

Windsurfing Instructor/Schools Update - Adventure Activities legislation

This legislation has been in the pipeline for some time - driven largely by a few high profile fatal accidents in the 'adventure tourism' sector - where people with essentially no previous skills pay to experience risk but expect to be completely safe. Unfortunately sports sports and activities like ours have been caught in the backlash, and despite the fact that we have for many years had a variety of standards in place we are still subject to this 'lowest common denominator' legislation.

Windsurfing Schools - Adventure Activities Regulations 2011 update

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: We're seeking further information because you've notified that you're an operator of an adventure activity - surfing, wind surfing or kite surfing - but you may not need to register with the Ministry. (read more)

Nelson Watersports


Nelson Watersports is excited to be able to offer windsurfing tuition and hire at all levels in the Nelson area from early October 2012.

WNZ extends it's sympathy to Ken Kingsbury and family

I have just received a sad message from Ken Kingsbury to say his wife Elizabeth has passed away after a long illness. I had the opportunity to spend time with Ken and his wife when I attended a 5 day windsurfing instructors course in Rotorua - Ken was at that time the WNZ Chief Instructor and ran a windsurfing school on the edge of the lake. I well remember their hospitality at the time - and we met up again a few years ago in Rarotonga where they moved later. Our sympathy goes out to Ken and his sons Guy and Simon, and if anyone would like to contact them please contact me for Kens email address.

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES REGULATIONS have been approved by cabinet

Cabinet has approved regulations to improve safety in the commercial adventure tourism and outdoor education industries, which will come into effect on 1 November 2011. The regulations sit under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 requiring commercial adventure tourism and outdoor education operators in New Zealand who provide activities that are designed to deliberately expose participants to a managed risk of serious harm, to undergo a safety audit and be registered.

Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011

Despite our best efforts it looks like the system has managed to bypass us in the consultation phase for this legislation. Consultation closed on 9th of August. The draft legislation is available below:
Draft for consultation - .

YNZ made a submission, and while they do not mention windsurfing (no surprises there) many of the points they make are relevant to windsurfing. Ironically, kiteboarding is not mentioned, either by the draft or YNZ.

Key points

New risk management regulations could close windsurfing schools

The worst case scenario could be that some windsurfing schools could cease operating if they become subject to new regulations planned for introduction later this year. From October 2014, without a current outdoor safety audit certificate it will be an offence to provide activities which involve significant hazards and some level of instruction or leadership. It is anticipated that typical up-front audits will cost between $1300 and $2500.

Windsurfing school setup for sale

If you ever though a lifestyle change to teaching windsurfing was an option then this may interest you. Full school setup (or parts thereof) has been posted on Trademe.

If you are associated with a yacht or windsurfing club that wanted a set of gear for teaching this is also a great opportunity to get the gear you need as the seller is also prepared to break it down to order as an option.

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