Rules for Kite Boarders

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  • Know your own kiteboarding ability and stay with your limits.
  • Know the limits of your gear.
  • Know the weather forecasts and the wind conditions of the day.
  • Know the sailing rules, local rules and riding areas.
  • Before a down wind ride make a float and fly plan (tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back).
  • Never kite alone.
  • Never ride further than you can swim.
  • If in doubt, don’t go out.
  • Do not tailgate other riders.
  • Check your gear thoroughly before launching.
  • Do not launch or fly over non kiteboarders.
  • Maintain a safe distance and speed around all persons in the water and never ride through a group.
  • Always use a kite leash and a empowering safety device.
  • Select a safe launching site for your skill level.
  • Do not launch close to rocks or other hazards.
  • Do not launch or land at crowded areas.
  • Always announce you are launching a kite.
  • Stay clear of power lines and overhead obstructions.
  • Always maintain a downwind safety buffer zone.
  • Observe all mapped kiteboarding boundaries.
  • Do not lay kite lines across anyone’s path.
  • Give way to all other water users.
  • Landing kiteboarder gives way to launching kiteboarder.
  • Prevent kites from re-launching with weight.
  • Disable unattended kites.

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