Windsurfing New Zealand: improving quality standards

New Zealand is undertaking a critical sports risk management program throughout hundreds of institutions. That's why the Kiwi windsurfing schools and instructors are trying to meet the standards for equipment and operations.

In the near future, windsurfing schools need to follow a list of guidelines in order to reach accreditation and affiliation by Windsurfing New Zealand. The country is trying to regulate "adventure tourism" so that customers get a high standard of tuition and a great experience.

Windsurfing New Zealand trains windsurfing instructors, publishes guidelines and standards for windsurfing schools and operates a certification scheme. Schools which meet these standards display the Windsurfing NZ Affiliation logo. Instructors are also certified either by Windsurfing NZ or Royal Yachting Association (UK).

This is a very important regulatory requirement and should be adopting by all countries. Quality and safety in water sports schools should be mandatory.

The New Zealand windsurfing schools are:

Watercooled Sports (Dunedin)
Elements (Auckland, Tauranga)
Windsurf Sue (Frankton Beach, Queenstown)
Seafari Windsurfing (Whitianga, Coromandel)
Mission Bay Watersports (Mission Bay, Auckland)
Bayswater Wind Sports (Bayswater, Auckland)
Auckland Windsurfing (Point Chevalier, Auckland)
Wild Winds (Wellington)
Madloop Windsurfing School (Lake Pupuke, Auckland)
Groundswell (Christchurch Estuary, Christchurch)
Eastcoast (Christchutch Estuary, Christchurch)
Flying Forwards (Big Manly Beach, Auckland)
Bucklands Beach Windsurfing (Bucklands Beach, Auckland)

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