Windsports can be extreme activities, combining freedom with an element of risk. This is particularly so with kiting, as flying lines are extremely sharp under tension and can cause serious injury or even death. To ensure that everyone gets home uninjured, please be a good sport and observe the code. If the worst happens and you have to call the emergency services, stay around, identify yourself, and provide them with an update.
1. STAY IN CONTROL.
Recognise your ability and proceed with caution, take a lesson to learn 'the rules', know how to stop and avoid other people.
2. OBSERVE SITE SPECIFIC HAZARDS.
Talk to locals, read signage, and keep at least 50m (2 line lengths) clear of people and hard objects such as buildings, fences, posts, roads, rocks, trees, vehicles, etc etc etc...
3. PEOPLE DOWNWIND HAVE RIGHT OF WAY.
You can see them, but can they see you?
4. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP.
Before you launch, look for incoming riders and be prepared to provide assistance. When riding, scope jumps to ensure the area around you is clear and obstacle free.
5. DON'T BE AN OBSTRUCTION.
When not riding, keep your kite low and at the edge of the window. When riders are approaching each other, the rider with the wind coming over their RIGHT shoulder when facing forward (STARBOARD) has the RIGHT of way, the upwind kite stays high, downwind kite stays low.
6. DON'T LOOSE WHAT YOU USE.
Wear a leash when riding, and secure equipment when not.
7. RESPECT GETS RESPECT.
From the beaches to the mountains, be courteous and show respect to others and the environment.
For an overview of sailing rules see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racing_rules_of_sailing
Area Specific Guidelines