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Old 24 November 2006, 08:25   #1
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Kite surfing endorsement on safety boat certificate

Talking to Andy Hooper Today RYA South RDO
And we got onto Kite surfing
I for one would be interested in attending a one day kite surfing rescue seminar (Practical session and theory) any other Powerboat Instructors or Safety boat certificate holders out there that would be interested. If enough peeps show an interest he may put one on.
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Old 24 November 2006, 11:24   #2
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I would be intested, there are three of us here, however a full day seems a bit long.

Also happt to host with classrooms and RIBs here
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Old 24 November 2006, 12:25   #3
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Thanks Doug
Thats 4 so far if any more post an interest it coud happen , do you still have the Zapcats .

I will let Andy know that so far 4 are interested via ribnet if he advertises via the RYA Mag may get more as to how long the course will run will leave that up to the RYA and Kitesurfing Association
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Tim, Dont hold safety boat cert (yet) but could be intrested possible up to 3 of us.

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Thanks Brian
So far Possible 7 any more to make it viable not only Instructors even those with current safety boat award may find it interesting and potential to provide safety cover for kitesurfing events.
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This is something I'd be interested in doing too, my girlfriend is a kite surfer and having discussed it a bit with her, it sounds quite varied.
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yep i would be up for that as well

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Definitely worth doing. When dealing with Kitesurfers kit... if you get it wrong, it goes very very wrong.

I've been the only Brit on the rescue team at the KPWT World Tour in France for the last two years. It's an awesome sport, but the conditions that they compete in are very difficult. They want a minimum of 14 knots of wind to launch this year, and will carry on without a top-limit :-S We were out in Force 8-9 last year, that was fun (not). Thank **** I was only crewing!

The easy thing about that job, is that as they are all sponsored, they don't care about their kit. Cut the lines, stab the kite, do whatever we need to do.

Last year we had... one dislocated shoulder, one torn knee (she's not long recovered), one hyperextended elbow, one concussion.... and that was just on the rescue team!!! We had a fractured tibia from the competitors.

This year we had... suspected spinal, many concussions, broken ankle... and that was just from the spectators! Nothing from the competitors as there was no wind, so no competition!

The RNLI leaflet about packing down a kite is quite good... although how easy that is to do in the water, I'm not sure.

I'd highly recommend it, kitesurfing is a sport like little else on the water... it's about time it got a section in the Safety Boat course - considering it's boom in popularity.

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looks to be about 10 then so far
as whiteminiman pointed out when it goes wrong it goes very wrong .
I think it could be an excellent training day for us all if it is going to happen and judging by the interest here it may happen by region so peole don't have to travel so far.
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i'd do it Tim. As with Doug happy to host & can link up with the multitude of kite surfing training outfits here

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