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Essential instructor equipment??

Postby JGTR » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:26 pm

Apart from the obvious (kite, board etc :D ) what equipment do you instructors take out on the water with you???

Any useful bits and pieces, tricks of the trade :?:

Thanks

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Re: Essential instructor equipment??

Postby saildawg » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:45 pm

I highly recommend a good emergency whistle that works when wet (I can't do the 2 finger method), good to have floating tether for students glasses. Something like Seaspecs if they don't have sunglasses, I lend an old pair of mine. Some locations water shoes or booties are a must to protect from cuts and punctures.
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Re: Essential instructor equipment??

Postby JGTR » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:04 pm

Sunglasses???

In the UK we don't have sun!!!!!

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Re: Essential instructor equipment??

Postby saildawg » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:32 pm

Sorry, JGTR, very sorry. Perhaps rum for afters?

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Re: Essential instructor equipment??

Postby JGTR » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:42 pm

Now that's more like it!!

Whistle, knife, phone, tool kit, pump, spares (screws etc) - radio?????

I'll be a long way from the shore, tidal estuary with a long walk to the water so need to have everything I need with me.

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Re: Essential instructor equipment??

Postby RichardM » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:24 pm

JGTR wrote:Now that's more like it!!

Whistle, knife, phone, tool kit, pump, spares (screws etc) - radio?????

I'll be a long way from the shore, tidal estuary with a long walk to the water so need to have everything I need with me.


You said "...on the water..". If you're including land, I would add a windmeter and you should ALWAYS have at least 1 knife. I also personally always keep my car keys with me. Unless you're blessed with very predictable winds, 2 kites - in order to cover a much bigger wind range. There's a lot of other stuff which could be added depending upon:

1. Conditions.
2. Type of lesson.
3. Student's ability/comfort level.
4. Distance from emergency services and/or medical attention.

I don't know what you mean by "tidal estuary" but I wouldn't be surprised if you'd need foot protection, sun block and a small inflatable raft/boat to shlep the stuff if the "tidal estuary" means shallow water. If it means mud or sand, a wide-tired cart (or a couple of slaves).

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Re: Essential instructor equipment??

Postby kazama-fury » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:25 pm

first aid kit

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Re: Essential instructor equipment??

Postby KiteboardingTampaBay » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:45 pm

Liability Insurance

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Re: Essential instructor equipment??

Postby DirkGently » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:29 am

great big spliff and intimidating knife.

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Re: Essential instructor equipment??

Postby JGTR » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:51 am

Fully insured thanks, will be working for an established school. Wetsuits/foot protection supplied, was thinking more along the lines of small equipment that could be easily carried in a rucksack, can't use a cart as the tide will come in and cover the sand.

Anyone use a VHF handheld radio???


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