Quality Training in Watersports

QAW - Qualitätsausbildung im Wassersport

QAW - Common quality standards for watersports training and watersports centres developed by three German sailing associations and used across Europe. These standards ensure that you can find a suitable training center with confidence that the quality of training is maintained and assessed regularly.

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Working committee
Organization

The “Quality Training Watersport (QTW)” working committee is formed by the following watersports associations:

  • DMYV German Cruiser Association (registered)
  • VDS German Pleasure Craft Association (registered)
  • VDWS Association of German Watersport Schools (registered)

Working committee
Aims

This committee aims at ensuring common quality standards that help you find a suitable training center.

Mandatory minimum standards have been defined for the QTW, which you should pay attention to when choosing a school.

Requirements
for schools

  • The school is member of one of the three organizations and is run by a manager who has the required licences.
  • The school character can be clearly recognized, i.e. it is equipped with information boards, signage, registration desk, office, access to the training spot and other typical elements that suggest a proper training center.
  • The school has access to a suitable place for theory lessons, adequate changing facilities and sanitary installations.
  • The school provides training for the acquisition of official pleasure craft licences and other qualifications according to the valid regulations and directives.
  • The school has an adequate number of certified instructors.
  • The head instructor, at least, has a valid training licence in the respective discipline.

Requirements
for training centres

Schools with multiple locations will fulfill the following requirements at every establishment.

  • The training centre has a sufficient number of training boats or an appropriate selection of boards, which are stored and presented in an appealing way.
  • The design, size and maneuverability of all boats and sport devices ensure that trainees can handle them easily. All such boats and devices comply with the statutory provisions.
  • If required by legal conditions, or specific requirements of the location, a motorized rescue vehicle is available (mandatory for kiteboarding, except in shallow training areas).
  • Buoyancy aids and lifejackets are available for training on the water and for rental.
  • Cold protection suits are available for beach sports, in accordance with the valid hygiene regulations.
  • The centre uses teaching equipment suitable for the current syllabi and on the basis of the legal regulations.
  • Aids such as models, charts, flip charts, tide calendars and other necessary media are used for the communication of the training contents.
  • Lessons and training equipment are sufficiently covered by liability insurance.
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