Principals make final supervision decisions for the activity. Sufficient adult supervision must be provided to manage the activity safely (including emergency situations).
Specific roles for supervisors must include recovery, emergency and general supervision roles.
At all times, at least 1 adult supervisor with capability and competence (knowledge and skills) to assist/recover a student must be ready to perform a rescue.
At no time, should students be relied upon to recover a participant in difficulty.
For activities with students with a medical condition or disability that may impact on safety during the activity, consultation with parents is required prior to allocating supervision to determine the impact of students’ medical condition or disability on safety during the activity.
At least 2 adult supervisors, one of whom is a registered teacher, must be present. In certain situations, there may need to be smaller or larger numbers of participants per adult supervisors.
Refer to the
Australian Sailing Operating Standards and Guidelines (page 9) for participant to instructor ratios.
One adult supervisor is required to either windsurf with the learners or travel in a powered vessel in close proximity to the learners under instruction.
Before the activity, all adult supervisors:
- must be familiar with the contents of the CARA record
- must assess
weather conditions and obtain accurate information on
tides, depths, currents and other expected water conditions prior to undertaking the activity, inspecting the intended location in order to identify variable risks, hazards and potential dangers.
During the activity, all adult supervisors:
- must be readily identifiable
- must closely monitor students with health support needs
- must comply with control measures from the CARA record and adapt as hazards arise
- must suspend the activity if the conditions become unfavourable (e.g. poor visibility, extreme temperatures, thunderstorms)
not allow this activity to occur
outside daylight hours.
Principals make final decisions in determining supervisor capability (competence, relevance and currency) and are responsible for encouraging and enabling school-based activity supervisors to raise their qualifications to improve safety standards.
All adult supervisors must comply with the
working with children authority—Blue Cards procedure and be able to identify, and respond to, risks or hazards that may emerge during the activity.
A registered teacher
must be appointed to maintain overall responsibility for the activity.
At least one adult supervisor is required to be:
- a registered teacher with appropriate
instructor level qualification with
Australian Sailing (or equivalent demonstrated capability) and with competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching windsurfing; or
- an adult supervisor, working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with appropriate
senior instructor level qualification or current accrediation with
Australian Sailing (or equivalent) and with competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching windsurfing.
For power boating (if a power boat is being used), the adult supervisor is required to have
all of the following:
Facilities and equipment
The qualified adult supervisor of the activity, in consultation with the principal, determines the requirements for facilities and equipment appropriate to the local context.
Location must be suitable for the activity being undertaken. Undertake a reconnaissance of new or infrequently used locations to ascertain suitability. Consider underwater vegetation (e.g. coral, weed), marine life (e.g. crocodiles, sharks, eels), debris and protection from other watercraft when selecting location. Assess suitability of surrounds and reach of water (e.g. local water conditions and hazards, marine vessel patterns).
Personal protective equipment as relevant (e.g. enclosed shoes, wetsuit or stinger protective swimwear).
Wet suit or stinger protective swimwear must be worn during colder periods and during the stinger season, if applicable. Adhere to the
Surf Life Saving Queensland marine stinger risk management guidelines for the location.
Level 50 life jackets as outlined by
Maritime Safety Queensland must be worn when participating in windsurfing (sailboarding) activities.
Ensure access to waterways is available for emergency vehicles or vessels.
Equipment must be sized to match the ability and strength of students.
All equipment must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
A process for checking for damage for all equipment used in the activity must be established and employed (e.g life jackets, securely fixed deck plate and effective non-slip surface)
A retirement schedule must be developed to replace plant and equipment by manufacturers' nominated expiry date or when significant wear causes a hazard.
If privately owned equipment is being used, Principal approval and owner consent/insurance details must be obtained prior to the activity.
Ensure any equipment (e.g. life jackets, sailboards) has
Australian Standard Certification and complies with the requirements of that schedule (Departmental staff search "Australian Standards " in OnePortal).
Ensure a suitably powered rescue vessel is available and ready to perform a rescue.