Equipment must be in a safe condition and suitable for the activity.
First aid kits
First aid kits appropriate to the location and the level of training must be carried.
Large, wide, buoyant and laterally stable sailboards, with good traction for the feet, are suitable for beginners. Beginners’ boards should have the foot straps removed.
A range of sail sizes is useful. Small, light students learn more easily with a small sail.
Boards should have the following features:
- be fitted with a towing eye or fitting with an internal diameter of not less than 38 mm, or, if this is not practical, towing should be accomplished by passing a line through the centre case or around the mast step
- be fitted with a friction device to maintain the centreboard in the case or a line to attach the centreboard to the hull
- be rigged so that for towing or self-rescue each standing rig should be capable of being stowed and secured in a compact manner longitudinally on the hull (allowing the crew to be unimpeded while controlling the board under tow, or while paddling in the prone position).
A repair tool kit appropriate for the sailboards being used should be available at the venue.
The use of any form of seat harness is not recommended until students can sail confidently. Harness lines must be removed before use by students.
Helmets may be provided to students participating in a windsurfing activity at the discretion of the instructor after consideration of the wind and weather conditions, characteristics of the location and students’ windsurfing experience and skill level.
Helmets specifically designed for water activities must comply with the following safety characteristics of lightweight protective helmets:
- holes to allow for water drainage
- adjustable chin strap
- hard outer shell
- firm fit, either by use of an adjustable harness securely attached to the helmet or a fixed helmet in a range of sizes
- either foam padded or constructed with a suspension harness
- capacity to float.
The wearing of a securely fitted Australian certified life jacket is required under Victorian marine safety law on all craft that are underway on all Victorian waters. Students and staff must wear, as a minimum, a securely fitted Australian Standard Type 2 lifejackets in all waters. For more information, see Life jacket laws.
Rescue craft appropriate to the location and in good working condition must be readily available during any windsurfing activity for rescue and towing purposes.
Individuals in the rescue craft must wear an Australian Standard Type 1 personal flotation device. Powered rescue craft must comply with the minimum safety equipment listed in the Recreational Boating Safety Handbook, see:
Transport Safety Victoria.