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Tuesday, May 10, 2005
School surf rules
Requirements for school surfing
Some of the regulations that school surfing squads must obey:
» At least three coaches, one land-based and two ocean-based.
Source: Hawaii Department of Education
Coaches and students also will be required to undergo ocean safety certification, and all participants must provide their own medical insurance coverage.
"We can't control the environment where surfing occurs," Assistant Superintendent Kathy Kawaguchi said in justifying the rules, which are not required of other ocean sports like paddling.
The rules could dissuade some schools from forming surfing programs, said Iris Kahaulelio, a teacher at Kahuku High School and coach of its surfing club.
At least for now, surfing will be organized on a club basis rather than as a full-fledged interscholastic sport, and coaches will be unpaid.
"Without those rules there would be more interest and anticipation, but I guess everybody has to cover their butts," Kahaulelio said.
"But it's a good idea that students will have to able to take care of themselves in the water," she said.
Though board approval is not required for such rule making, members lauded the department for putting safety first, and some suggested that similar requirements be placed on paddling.