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Local windsurfing contacts wanted for summer media commentaries

LAST CALL - Radio stations often have a spot where they chat to someone about the conditions for surfing etc. each day, just a couple of minutes usually, maybe only once or twice a week. It would be great if we could get a list of contacts who would be prepared to comment on the local conditions for windsurfing on an occasional basis and maybe add a few comments about the sport, how to get started, how to stay safe etc. This would obviously suit someone running a business related to windsurfing, kiteboarding, SUP etc.

Regulations drawn up for adventure tourism - how will this impact windsurfing instruction?

Safety audits costing up to $2500 could impact windsurfing schools when new safety regulations come into force on 1 October 2011. The Government announced in August that adventure tourism operators would be required to be registered and undergo a safety audit. The new regulations come under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, making it an offence to provide activities involving significant hazards and some level of instruction or leadership without a current safety audit certificate. They won’t apply to organisations that don’t charge fees, like schools or voluntary clubs or groups.

Practise your windsurfing instruction skills in the USA (Ad)

Every year we send thousands of young people from around the world to work at summer camps across America. We seek people with select specialist skills such as windsurfing,and this is a great chance for them to coach the skills they have to children.

Mission Bay Watersports is looking for windsurfer and kayak instructors

There is one full time management position for someone with windsurfing/kayaking instructor experience, as well as a boatmaster qualification and first-aid certificate. There are also several casual jobs available to help out when the bookings are busy. If you are a windsurfer without a qualification, but are keen to teach, then why not check out the WindsurfingNZ training courses. We would be happy to take on anyone who has just qualified- Then maybe you could be spending your summer earning money on the beach!!

Investment in Outdoor Recreation - the next step for Windsurfing NZ

What outcomes are being sought?
SPARC is seeking applications that will ultimately lead to increased long-term participation by young people, through:
1. improving organisational capability that leads to more effective service delivery;
2. improving national leadership to better co-ordinate delivery of outdoor recreation;
3. developing skills and knowledge to participate in outdoor recreation, by deliverers of opportunities.
SPARC is not seeking proposals to create more participation opportunities, unless they address at least one of the three outcomes referred to above. Read on ...

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Windsurfing School registration/certification

Reintroducing Windsurf Schools Affiliation Scheme. 2010

To all New Zealand windsurfing schools,

As I hope you are aware, after a long quiet period Windsurfing New Zealand has sprung back into life in the last year and is now reviving as a strong national sports body.

WNZ Developments.

Review of risk management and safety in the adventure and outdoor commercial sectors

New Zealand's adventure tourism safety record is again in the spotlight, with UK family members of tourists who lost their lives in accidents starting a group demanding changes. There is a review underway and it may be appropriate for WNZ to engage in this (unfortunately the closing date for submissions has passed - but we will follow up and also monitor the outcomes). Windsurfing has a good safety record, deaths and incidents tend to be incidental rather than directly attributable to the sport, however one area of potential interest for us is that of instruction and schools. The WNZ Instructor training scheme, and the soon to be reinstated school certification could be affected by this review.

Windsurfing development

Windsurfing NZ s working with Yachting NZ (YNZ) to create a recruitment and development pathway for windsurfing. This has been kicked off with a meeting between the two organsations in October 2009. The outcome from this meeting is described in the attached documents.

One of the outcomes of this meeting was to take advantage of the imminent arrival of 6 Techno boards for BOP by creating a publicity opportunity:
http://windsurfingnz.org/content/legends-become-namesakes-windsurf-launch

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