RESCUE WATER CRAFT FOIL SAFETY & RESCUE
The foil (hydrofoil or foil board) community is in the process of identifying their safety culture. As this sport and product development increase the concerns of safety will ensure the longevity of the sport.
Mentorship will be achieved through education and instructor contact. The direct influence of industry leaders will be reliant on identifying the leaders in the culture of foiling.
As this culture is developed Foil clubs and industry leaders will define their self-regulation. Their participation will be vital to protecting the industry, sales, and reputation and to reduce mishaps and injury accidents.
However, it is up to the user to pay attention to their behaviors, they are ultimately the ones responsible for enforcing safety as a culture which will eventually become a standard. If mishaps occur and are recorded government intervention will be applied by operational restrictions or requirements.
It is advised for users to define their education outreach and to effectively measure their commitment of excellence to the culture of foiling. Foiling is not like surfing, but surfing is similar to some areas of operation thus conflicts can arise with a variety of water way users vying for the same wave energy.
Our cultural responsibility is to define, education and enforce ‘safety at sea’. The rules are basic and apply to ‘who goes first’ and why.
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