Snowkiting Safety Tips

Remember Kiting can be a dangerous sport. It is already prohibited in many locations around the world. Every Kiter must be safe and responsible for themselves and others. If you see someone being unsafe please speak up! No one wants to get hurt, or hurt anyone else, and in many cases there are people out there that just don’t know. It is up to all of us the keep this sport safe so it can be enjoyed by all.

Here are some safety tips we should all practice:

  • Use launch area only for setup and take down.
  • Do not use skis as stakes to secure kites (this creates a hazard for other kites landing in the area).
  • No self launching of inflatable kites in the launch area (Use assisted lauch when possible).
  • Launch and land your kite with no solid objects at least 100 yard downwind.
  • Do a pre-flight check on all your gear.
  • Walk down and slide your lines through your fingers. Feel for nicks, cuts or knots. (If your lines get run over they will get damaged from a board or skis.)
  • When not in use they should be rolled up and stored on the kite.
  • Your kite should be weighted with a sandbag or a stake, to keep it secure.
  • All kites must have a safety leash, and quick release systems. Know your specific systems and test them regularly.
  • Beginners should launch and learn downwind from other kiters (This includes the flying of trainer kites) .
  • Use experienced kiters to help launch and land your kite. Not Spectators!
  • Never let a line wrap around any part of your body!
  • The signal for launch is “thumbs up.” By both parties!
  • The signal for an assisted landing is to “pat your head.”
  • No jumps or tricks in the launching area, or within 200 yards from the parking lot.
  • Down wind (leeward) has right of way.
  • Right of way-Right hand forward kiter has right of way and shall maintain course.
  • Left hand forward kiter must give way and alter course
  • Up wind kiter should raise kite for passing.
  • Down wind kiter should lower kite for passing.
  • When using terain features Jumps, kickers and rails follow the same rotation and direction as other kiters as to not cause conflicts.
  • Use your safety tools: Lessons, Kite leash, Quick releases, knife, Helmet, impact vest, pads, Sandbags or ground stake.

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