Safety rules for preventing accidents in kiteboarding
This page is devoted to general safety instructions, read them all, extreme sports require increased control and attention, always remember this !!!
Most kitesurfing accidents occur during a sudden jerk out of the water, due to increased wind or in case of loss of control over the kite, so compliance with basic safety rules is essential and can save your life.
1) Check the kite safety system regularly.
2) Never use only for a kite (surf) board (except perhaps for experienced riders).
3) Master the technique of self-rescue, not only in theory, but also in practice, before fully starting to ride.
4) Do not use the kite in conditions in which you cannot handle it.
5) Avoid thunderstorms, storms or in other words extreme weather conditions.
6) Maintain a safe distance from other beach participants. When launching or landing a kite, carefully study all possible options and choose one that will be as safe as possible.
7) Ask experienced riders for help in launching or landing the kite, do not allow people who do not know how to do this to the kite, this is fraught with consequences.
8) Take extra care when landing the kite, especially in gusty conditions. Here is tutorial with 5 ways to self land.
9) Make sure you are using the correct kite size for your weight and wind strength.
10) Do not jump in shallow water near other kiters or any obstacles.
11) Adjust the deep power before taking the kite into the air. If additional adjustment of the deep power is required, first release the kite power by moving the kite to the edge of the wind window.
12) Stay away from items such as boats, piers, buoys and other dangerous items.
13) Take care not to be in shallow water at high speed, this can lead to fatal consequences.
14) Try not to go kitesurfing alone. Firstly, it is more fun together, and secondly, with a partner there are more chances to “get out of the water” in case of any danger.
15) Always assess the possible risks.
16) Never touch or try to grab the lines when they are under tension and the kite is in the air.
17) Never use a kite as a parachute, much less repeat tricks from the Internet.
18) Secure your kite from unauthorized launch by correct “parking”, the kite is laid with its leading edge to the ground, you can also sprinkle it with sand, or put anything heavy on the canopy.
19) Do not lend your equipment to those who do not have kitesurfing skills.
20) Notify your friends and family when you go kiteboarding. Say where you will be and for how long.
21) If you see other kiters doing something unsafe, be sure to tell them about it, share your experience, because you can save this person’s life.
22) A kitesurfer is classified as a sailboat in many countries and must therefore comply with existing maritime regulations. There are also various signs by which kiters understand each other from a distance.
23) Without knowing the safety rules, do not poke your head into the water, do not engage in self-study, and even more so do not give advice to others if you are not sure about something.
24) Never try to guess how another kitesurfer will behave, use only your knowledge and feelings, try to predict your actions.
25) Always use a safety harness only and secure it correctly.
26) Do not neglect the life jacket or anti-shock vest, this is your safety.
27) Wear a helmet, it’s your safety.
28) Have a sling cutter with you, believe us, he saved more than one life.
29) If possible, have a waterproof phone with you.
30) Know how the security system works, know how to fix it if necessary.
31) When buying new equipment, be sure to study the user manual, especially when buying used equipment, study it inside and out. Here is some advices How to choose kite equipment.
32) Make sure all steering systems and slings are in good condition.
33) Write your phone number and surname, first name on the kite and board, if you lose the equipment, it may be returned to you.
Conducting a pre-flight safety and health check of all systems. Visually inspect the dome for cuts and tears. Check if the pads are firmly attached to the board. Check out the Chicken loop. Safety only. Check the lines to see if they are correctly attached to the kite, and also that they are not twisted. Make sure that all systems connecting you to the kite are working properly, then make sure that your next steps are safe and give the command to launch.