To answer Richardm - I did the course last year and take it that is still the same.
1 Yes - helmets are to be worn by pupils and instructors, as well as life vests or impact vest for students.
4. No - Refer to the policy. We are kite surfing instructors not insurance salesman.
6. Yes many different scenarios ... perhaps not all, but certainly much more than relevant to the course venue
Hope that answers your questions.
Thanks for your response.
A. Where did you take the course?
B. As to question #1, I asked if there was a REQUIREMENT that INSTRUCTORS wear a helmet WHEN kiting - NOT when giving a lesson.
My point being that if it is the IKO's policy to insist on STUDENTS wearing helmets, but allowing their INSTRUCTORS to kite without one, this policy actually PROMOTES NOT wearing helmets
since the students then believe that helmet use indicates feared "beginner" status.
1a. However, your answer raises an interesting point. Do they describe what happens if an IKO "school" permits their instructors to disregard alleged "requirements" such as your alleged requirement that their instructors wear a helmet while giving lessons?
1b. Furthermore, can you point to anywhere where these alleged requirements are stated in writing?
2a. What documents that you signed did you receive a copy of?
2b. What documents that you signed did you NOT receive a copy of?
3a. Are you SURE
that the Release/Waiver you signed ONLY released the establishment you were at? All the Release/Waivers from IKO schools (only in the US) that I've been able to review unconscionably required the participant to release FOREVER virtually EVERYONE (including ALL State and local employees, other kiters and the general public) from ANY liability for ANYTHING.
Perhaps you could post a copy or let me know WHERE I could examine this Release/Waiver.
4a. I understand that they have a different insurance carrier than they used to use. The previous policy was 56 pages of professionally crafted confusion concealing the fact that it was virtually completely worthless (for instance, by NOT covering STUDENTS during lessons). It ALSO REQUIRED that the previously described Release/Waivers be signed or it was completely VOID.
I would LOVE to refer to the "policy". Do you have ANY IDEA
how to obtain one, since the so-called "insurance" is the main reason why most schools and instructors say that they join and remain with the IKO.
5a. Can you share this document and/or the pertinent information therein with us interested readers or perhaps point to anyplace the IKO is willing to publish it?
6a. Really. For instance, I'd be very interested in how you teach an instructor how to teach novices how to deal with surf at the shallow, marshy area described by NYkiter.
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