The following tips are intended to outline some of the most important aspects of safety connected with kiting. Depending on where you take your kite and what kind of kiting you intend to do, always exercise caution and use common sense.
Choose an appropriate site
- Give yourself as much room as possible down wind of the kite.
- Make sure there are no obstacles behind you, such as high buildings or trees, as these will disrupt the wind and cause unpredictable gusts.
- Power lines ANYWHERE in the vicinity are life-threatening.
- Do not fly near airports, roads, pathways or railways. Use common sense for other areas. Be aware that kites scare animals more than humans.
- Warn those around you where you intend to fly.
- Make sure you are authorised to fly in that area (check with the local authorities, who should have designated fly zones and no-fly zones).
Choose appropriate conditions
- Check the wind conditions and choose a kite appropriate for the wind.
- Check the tides if you are off to the beach to fly, and pay attention to any warning flags that may forbid you to go in the sea.
- If the wind is too strong choose something else to do.
- Always launch at the edge of the wind window.
- Never go out as a beginner in a strong wind. Learn in lighter winds.
- Don’t let a beginner fly your kite in a strong wind.
- Never fly in a storm.
- Try not to fly alone.
Choose appropriate equipment
- Check your equipment for wear and tear; don’t fly with equipment that needs replacing.
- Always wear safety gear – especially for buggying, surfing, boarding and other high-speed sports.
- Make sure you have a working quick-release system if you attach yourself to your kite.
- Make sure your equipment is suitable for the wind strength and your experience.
- Make sure your lines are appropriate for your sport – that they have sufficient breaking strain for the kite(s) you are flying, or that they are not too abrasive – Kevlar is too abrasive for flying in close proximity to others, for example when buggy racing.
- Don’t forget to pick up your stake if using one.