Slackline Australia, est May 2007, is the national slacklining body for Australia. Slackline Australia has been around longer than most other slacklining bodies throughout the world and has partnered with as many slacklining organisations and groups as possible in our pursuit to support slacklining in all forms, for all people. Slackline Australia was originally a slackline manufacturer but has sinced devoted its time and resources to developing slacklining workshops, training technologies, systems to cut bureaucratic ‘red tape’ and a full suite of qualifications to support slacklining growth in Australia. Slackline Australia began Slackline Instructor training in 2008 and we now have over 50 leaders trained. 90% of these leaders are spread out across Australia 10% are now in other countries (New Zealand, France, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, South Africa). Slackline Australia and the network members established most of the social groups around Australia and members of the Slackline Australia Professional Network have taught tens of thousands of people basic slacklining at all sorts of events, including the largest Australian Sporting event - The Australian Open, with no major incidents.
As Thomas Buckingham (from the ISA) said on Slack Chat (24/9/17) “insurance works very different in the US/UK/Australia/NZ than it does for instance in continental Europe. In Switzerland: if it’s [slacklining is] run through members of an assoc. the members and participants are covered with liability insurance (coming from the national federation/association Swiss Slackline). Every company can get insurance here as well - no need for instructor qualifications and special certificates - of course it helps when you can prove that you are qualified. Accident insurance here is obligatory (if you are employed it comes from your employer, also covering you in your freetime) so lots of people have this already. But in Australia the workplace health and safety legislative requirements are some of the most thorough in the world. Whilst this has been tough to work with over the past 10 years, it has positioned Slackline Australia to be the world leader in commercial slacklining. In fact many of the slacklining leaders have taught slacklining for free but end up charging to cover the administrative work that is legally required as you professionalise.
Slackline Australia has attempted several times to form a functioning not-for-profit national Slacklining Association. However because of the culture, legislative requirements and the desire to remain autonomous, self-reliant and not become subject to the controls of government funding bodies, Slackline Australia has resorted to becoming a proprietary limited company. In this company structure, employees are shareholders and ex-employees and key contributors are non-employee shareholders. Some of the leading sporting bodies have adopted this model of operation and this has proved very successful for that national body and for the lovers of that sport/activity.
Slackline Australia practices economic democracy and through effective collaboration aims to empower as many individuals, commercial and not-for-profit organisations to share the gifts of slacklining with all people. More details can be attained through the Slackline Australia “Share Share Project” email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Slackline Australia also has an empowerment program to support not-for-profit societies, associations and clubs.
Slackline Australia has worked with many councils to maintain access to public spaces and ensure slacklining practices are as safe as possible. Several local councils have even paid Slackline Australia members to provide slacklining services to their local communities.
Slackline Australia strives to be a social enterprise that is commercial in nature, but also gives back to the individuals and groups that are less financially able to contribute. We have found that whilst profit (ie being professionally fit) is needed for sustainability, it is through being a prophet of slacklining teachings that true riches are discovered and shared.
Slackline Australia has provided many workshops and training sessions that have been free or discounted to help share the slacklining gifts with youth groups in Australia or communities around the world.
Slackline Australia has sponsored many team riders and events to help spread the wonders of slacklining.
Slackline Australia professional network consists of a range of people from all sorts of career backgrounds including a Recreational Therapist, psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Gymnastic Teachers, Yoga Teachers, a Pilates teacher, Breathe work trainers, meditation teachers, engineers, Life coaches, High School Teachers, Personal Trainers, a Circus Arts Instructor, Surf Coaches, Climbing Instructors, Challenge Ropes trainers, Rope Access professionals/ riggers, an Arborist, Youth workers, Pastors, Research Scientists, Neuroscience graduate, a nurse, a first aid trainer, scuba instructors, and Trainers and Assessors.
Slackline Australia has witnessed many founders and pioneers of movements, new sports and national bodies do the initial hard work for free, we have also witnessed many great people come and go from the slacklining world. To ensure that pioneers are encouraged, remunerated and the national body retains knowledge / expertise / skills we use collaborative agreements that have been negotiated for contributors in areas such as:
- Basic Slacklining
- Corporate Services
- Slackline Fitness
- Youth Programs
- Slackline Science programs.
All the assignments that Slackline Australia trained instructors require to complete to gain registration into the Slackline Australia Professional network are from the workplace requirements that we have needed to fulfill over the past decade.
Slackline Australia is currently committed to taking on a government funded slackline park to share the gifts of slacklining with the wider public. This Slackline Park will be the community hub for sharing safer slacklining practices with Professional Slackline Instructors, Community leaders, Club members and those wanting to gain personal knowledge for a safer and more efficient slacklining practice. This slackline park will also enable professional slackline instructors to share the challenges and benefits of slacklining to corporate, community and government leaders whilst using the raised funds to provide adventure based therapy and leadership training for youth.
If you wish to be a part of the Slackline Australia Collective please get in contact - email email@example.com