If you have been watching any of the efoil videos on YouTube, you will see really cool shots of people flying on their efoil, enjoying the beautiful water, and having the time of their lives. This truly is the next level of surfing, even if you are not a surfer. It looks easy, even effortless, to ride these amazing pieces of technology. I am not going to tell you it is not, but I want to highlight one important aspect of efoiling, or any foiling for that matter... SAFETY.
Before you can look cool like all these peeps in the videos, you have to learn how to control this amazing piece of equipment. And that means you're gonna take some spills before you can enjoy the thrills.
At Hawaii Efoil Experience (HEE), the safety of our students come first. We have two basic safety rules, and two essential pieces of safety equipment. First, the safety rules:
- When you are NOT on the efoil board, your hand controller must be turned OFF, held by the STRAP in your WEAK HAND.
- Don't fight the fall. Instead, use your last bit of balance to push yourself away to the side or rear of the efoil board.
We will go into the reasons and application of these two safety rules during your lesson. These two lessons alone will help to ensure that you return home safely and with a big smile on your face.
Next, the two essential pieces of safety equipment are:
- Water helmet
- Life vest
Every student will be required to wear a helmet and a life vest during the lesson, regardless of skill, confidence, or volume of protest. We know from experience that falls will occur, and for some of you, falls happen often. That is the beauty of playing in the water. It never really hurts...unless you make contact with the board. The worst thing that can happen on an any watercraft is a bad fall where you are struck in the head by the watercraft, and you loose consciousness. It may not be likely, but we want to ensure as best we can that it never happens. By wearing a helmet and a life vest, you are protected against this occurrence. With this protection, you are free to enjoy yourself without much concern for a fall that results in a bad outcome.
Our promise to you is that you will have a ton of fun, you will learn to fly on the efoil, and we will take every step to ensure your safety.