What is the Student Kitesurfing Association?
The Student Kitesurfing Association (SKA) is run by a committee of students and ex-students who have been involved with the running of their respective university kitesurfing clubs. The committee were selected for their knowledge of kitesurfing, and their commitment to developing the face of student kitesurfing.
We are not a commercial venture, and therefore our goal is not to make money, or a salary. We run the SKA out of our passion for the sport and a desire to improve it.
The SKA has grown from being a minor branch of the Student Windsurfing Association into an association in it’s own right. We do not ask for any subscription fee; any member of the BKSA who is studying at an NUS University or College is automatically eligible to participate in the SKA.
At this point in time, we are in contact with around 20 kitesurfing clubs from various universities around the UK, and are currently helping members at other universities to start their own clubs.
What the SKA stand for
The goal of the SKA is to introduce and further what is not just a sport but a lifestyle to university students. We aim to make the sport of kitesurfing as accessible as possible for students who do not necessarily have the means or the knowhow to get started on their own.
We currently help beginners into the sport by subsidising tuition at our beginner events whilst providing a competitive base and improvement scheme for our more advanced riders at our Freestlye Nationals and intermediate clinics.
Our vision is to provide access for all our members to cutting edge equipment in a wide variety of conditions and environments, whilst maintaining a safe learning environment and the opportunity to advance their skill levels.
What the SKA do
This year, the SKA has a calendar consisting of four events, which cater for those who have never touched a kite before to those who are competing on the BKSA national tour. You can find out about these by navigating to our events pages.
The SKA are committed to helping every university kitesurfer get the very best equipment as well as a helping hand into the sport where required. This involves giving them access to discounted products and support from companies associated with the sport of kitesurfing.
As mentioned previously, we are also here to help new (and established) clubs flourish. Each committee member has experience of working in a university club so a lot of knowledge is available to those who wish to see their club improve and grow. We can offer advice on almost every subject concerning university clubs, including sponsorship, teaching, trip planning and budget preparation.
Through an agreement with the BKSA, we are able to offer discounted Instructor training courses to our student members. We are also in a place to advise instructor candidates on where to find discounted powerboat and first aid courses; two things which are required to become a kitesurfing instructor.
In order to attain the longevity enjoyed by well established organisations like the Student Windsurfing Association we have put a huge amount of time and effort into developing a set of strategies for keeping our events as safe as possible.
We work hard to operate in a responsible and sustainable fashion, and to encourage university clubs to do likewise. If we fail to do so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Following guidelines set out by the BKSA, we ensure that we take every reasonable precaution to safeguard those individuals involved in our events and members of the public.
All of our activities are comprehensively insured and have been risk assessed by an independent risk management consultancy, who continue to provide support and advice. Comprehensive documentation has been put together supporting each of our events in the form of risk assessments, emergency action and management plans, programmes and different condition contingency plans. All of these documents are available to those who wish to view them.