The Play-planner app is a software created for surf schools, conceived and developed by Xavier Fourcade, an ex high-level sportsman in surfing, and computer engineer, based in Biscarrosse, Les Landes in France.
The software has been developed in collaboration with many surf schools. It has been used since the summer of 2013 by one school, then the following season by another 8 schools all spread across France. Today the app is used by more than 30 structures providing surfing lessons as well as standup paddle, skate, kitesurf and Kayak.
The software is easily customizable , so it can be used for schools ranging from one single instructor, to much bigger schools managing 5 different activities and more than 10 instructors.
Since may 2019 the software comply to the french norm NF525 which is solid proof of its seriousness and reliability.
The program has been perfectly operational since the spring of 2013 and keeps improving thanks to the feed back and the diverse needs of the schools. Here are a few examples of the areas of the school that can be managed by the app:
– Client listing management (client files, courses bought, payments, lessons taken, etc.).
– Instructor’s timetable management with automatic integration of the tides.
– A growing number of statistics (instructor’s invoice, lesson profitability, checkout, turnover, client listing, etc.) this will surely please your accountant.
– Plenty of “shortcuts” and displays allowing quick access to the information you seek.
The software gathers all this different domains into one unique space. The limitations of the “pen and paper” or excel spreadsheets are reached, when you need to bridge across this different domains. With the Play-planner app this bridges are already set in place and require only a few clicks to cross.
Simplicity of use has been the main goal in the development of this app alongside the idea of not giving any opportunity to the user to be able to make any mistakes. A stripped down user interface has been chosen, nicely separating the “client management”, and the “timetable management”.
on this website you will find the look of the app and many examples of its functionalities.