Seanie wrote: Adrians wrote:
Just to add to this, AFAS
( Centre Standards Board ) is the Association of Adventure Sports Centers which used to provide approval for Adventure centers. I'm not sure how active these lot still are or what part they might be able to play in regulating the industry.
Its dormant, the person I spoke to put a lot of time and effort into the bill and I don't think they fancy putting more time into overcoming the political impasse that exists today. But there may be more involved with that site that are up for giving it one more push.
So far as I can currenlty see AFAS allbe it dormant at the moment provides the best framework for any such self regulation. As to how its operation may be funded I'm not sure, but I know most operators and freelance instructors just don't have the the money available to pay so they can be "approved".
Another possible flaw is than any such self regulation or approval will be opt-in, and until there is some legal consequences to not opperating inside certain guidelines NGB or otherwise any such opt-in scheme would be a little bit toothless.
I had thought a bit more on how any such regulation may apply to proffessional and club instructors, I don't think its either possiblw or correct to draw a line between the two. Safety standards should be something we try ensure.
I can think of a hand full of clubs off the top of my head that operate semi commercial courses in the summer months to help finance themselves into the following year. Thats cool but apart from a very small number of these clubs non of them operate even close to NGB guide lines. They are also able to skirt around guide lines by getting folks to pay a sudo membership fee so techinally its a club operation not a comercial course.
Bryan what way does the P.A.D.I system work, would its layout be applicable to the canoe & kayak system here in Ireland?
I know myself and others have mentioned regulation a bunch of times but what are the actual outcomes of such regulation if any people would like to see?
Bryan posted there just as I was about to.
I'm talking about the I.C.U here.
Does this give n.g.b's the power to dictate regulations/guidelines in order to push out smaller operators?
If the bill is passed and commercial instructors have to adhere to I.c.u guidelines would it open the door for the i.c.u to tailor these guidelines as to favor themselves. not forgetting here they are a commercial body too
Thats another biggie there! Is one comercial provider regardless if its the NGB the best person to regulate other comercial providers.