Health and Safety

General Health and Safety 

At Best Foot Forward the safety and wellbeing of our learners is paramount. Skateboarding can at times be a risky activity but with Best Foot Forward we aim to teach the skills needed to identify and eliminate unneeded risks

Risks

To ensure maximum safety we conduct frequent risk assessments on our regular lesson locations. In these assessments we identify risks and hazards in the surrounding areas and do everything we can to identify and minimise the effect these will have on you as the learner.

It is important for the learner to work together with the instructor to follow these assessments at all times and listen to their instructor. At new or custom locations a risk assessment will need to take place at the beginning of the lesson.

In your first lesson and in the event of a location change your instructor will talk about the risks associated with each location to ensure everyone is educated and aware of any additional hazards.

Protection

We encourage the use of Protective equipment including Helmets and Pads with Helmets being compulsary unless signed off via our safety equipment opt out form 

All users under the age of 18 will need to wear a Helmet unless signed off by their Parent / Legal guardian.

Learners over the age of 18 will have the choice of wearing protective equipment but those who wish to opt against it will be asked to sign a form stating this.

Your instructor reserves the right to discontinue the lesson if refusal to wear the appropriate safety equipment occurs without said form being complete or exceptional circumstance being disclosed.

Safeguarding

At Best Foot Forward Skate Academy we strongly believe that safety goes beyond just pads and Helmets and are dedicated to providing a safe space to learn without fear of inappropriate behaviour or discrimination.

Your instructor will be certified up to a level 2 level in both Adult and Child safeguarding as well as Equality and Diversity.

As part of their responsibility as an instructor they are to report any concerns or issues surrounding their learners wellbeing or safety to the relevant bodies. 

As an organisation we are dedicated to creating a welcoming atmosphere for all, your skateboarding lessons may require a degree of physical contact between you and your instructor for learning or safety purposes if you are uncomfortable with this please make your instructor aware as early as possible to allow for appropriate changes to the learning plan.

Covid

 

In the current Covid-19 climate extra steps will be taken to protect the health of both learners and instructors:

  • Your instructor will have bi-weekly Covid-19 Testing at a local testing site.

 

  • Rented equipment such as  skateboards will be appropriately cleaned  / wiped down and stored after use.

 

  • One to one physical contact will be minimal such as hand holding unless necessary for example to prevent falling or offering additional balance support