The basis for reliable communication in the innovative and professional kitesurfing training are waterproof 2-way radio systems that enable teachers and students to exchange information and communicate continuously. These systems contribute significantly to the success of teaching and safety and should be part of the basic equipment of every good water sports school.
The basis of any training is good communication between teacher and student, and the prerequisite for the success of the class is a clear and well-functioning communication. In direct feedback, the teacher can give the student tasks, explain techniques, warn of dangers and help avoid mistakes. The pupil can immediately implement the teacher's instructions and learn from them immediately without wasting time; Explanations afterwards can often no longer be assigned correctly and slow down learning success.
In many sports, the constant proximity of the teacher to his pupil ensures good communication at all times. However, it becomes difficult with most water sports, in which a direct exchange of information is only partially possible or not possible due to the distance and external influences. This not only results in time delays and difficult learning conditions, but also additional risks for the students and other uninvolved people.
The search for a suitable solution to this problem was difficult, and for a long time radio devices attached to or in helmets seemed to be the only possible alternative. Later there were overly expensive helmets with tightly integrated systems, which only offered a moderate connection quality and whose maintenance and repair was almost impossible. Both were fragile and unreliable options with a one-way connection between teacher and student, which did not allow for such a very important dialogue.
Finally, there has been a well-functioning 2-way communication system based on Bluetooth for a few years now: the waterproof headsets from 'BbTalkin', whose transmitter and receiver unit quickly and easily attached to the helmets of teachers and students can be attached. The headsets enable good and constant communication throughout the lesson without the use of hands and can also be independently serviced and components replaced. The constant, immediate exchange in real time not only saves the students valuable time and greater comfort, but also makes a significant contribution to improving safety. The teaching quality is significantly increased and learning success is quicker.
Unfortunately, many water sports schools are still not ready to invest in such radio systems - to the detriment of their teachers, whose work is made more difficult, and even more so of their students, who definitely have to expect more time and probably even more in will invest their course.
And here is an overview of all the advantages:
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Installation and functioning of the 'BbTalkin' systems
The small, light transmitter / receiver unit is through a waterproof housing protected and is attached to the helmet diagonally above the left ear on a bracket that was previously positioned in the correct place using double-sided adhesive tape. It looks similar to a 'GoPro' camera, just a little bit smaller. The waterproof housing can be quickly and easily attached and detached for cleaning.
There are different microphone / loudspeaker combinations for all standard helmets, including the preferred 'GATH' water sports helmets.
These have proven themselves best for our purposes and offer our students the greatest possible field of vision with a comfortable fit. Although they are more expensive than standard helmets, they are also better.
The microphone / speaker combination is attached with a Velcro strap directly above the ear and can be easily removed for maintenance or cleaning at any time.
The integrated cable is connected to the outside of the housing and the black cover is then screwed tight over the cable connection to protect it from water.
Different buttons on the housing are used for volume control and enable the coupling or pairing of individual and / or several radio systems simultaneously. Several, even differently coupled systems can be used simultaneously in the immediate vicinity without problems at any time without being disturbed. They work on free short-range radio via Bluetooth and have a range of approx. 400 - 800m.
In our opinion, 2-way communication systems would help students in many sports, just a few here: surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing, wild water kayaking, skiing, snowboarding…. But especially in kitesurfing, Wing foil and electrical foil lessons should not be missing! That is why they have been part of our training courses since years, and our students and teachers are thankful.
If you have any questions about this article or are interested in a 'BbTalkin' system for your own use, we will be happy to help you!
Suzette & Bernd
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