Kiteboarding Safety Info & Articles- KTB

By Rick Iossi, Florida Kitesurfing Association

The following ideas are presented to try to improve Kiteboarder and bystander safety, to reduce complaints and attempt to preserve our access to ride. These ideas have been taken from the analysis of hundreds of accidents that have been reported worldwide over many years. Often accidents might havFKSA Florida Kitesurfing Associatione been avoided if more knowledge and care were used.

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In kiteboarding, there WILL become a time when you run into a bad situation. Gear failure or sudden weather changes are two examples where knowing what to do in an emergency can save your life!

Be sure to practice this with each kite you own, as all kites have slight differences and require different hand positioning for an effective rescue.


 

Safety Tips
  • NEVER GO OUT FURTHER THAT YOU CAN SWIM!
  • NEVER DEFLATE YOUR KITE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!
  • DO NOT RIDE WITHOUT A KITE KNIFE!
  • HELMET AND FLOTATION RECOMMENDED!
  • ONE PUMP USERS: ALWAYS LOCK OFF YOUR STRUTS WHEN SETTING UP!
  • AVOID KITING ALONE!

 

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This is something that is usually self taught in a bad situation, so here's a few tips that may help you out.

The channels and passes in our area produce some strong incoming and outgoing currents. You should always pay attention to what the tide is doing and where you choose to ride. Many times the current can be used to your advantage in light winds, but dropping your kite or board can put you in a bad situation real quick, so always kite with an experienced friend who can keep an eye on you. A good flotation or impact vest can save your life, as well as protect your body against impact. It also makes getting the board on your feet much easier in deep water!

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The Rules of the Code are based on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (ColRegs), state regulations, yachting rules and generally accepted regulations operating in the kitesurfing and windsurfing world.

The purpose of this Code is the improvement of safety standards and the standardization of the rules of the road for kitesurfing.

The Code applies to all persons practicing kitesurfing on any body of water. The Rules do not replace any special regulations concerning specific situations or kitesurfing spots such as reservoirs, rivers, overcrowded spots, or kitesurfing competitions.

If you are a visiting kiter or new to a launch site, ALWAYS introduce yourself to the locals, inquire about any hazards and local guidelines for the area.

Click the link below for complete Kiteboarding Right of Way Rules.

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