When you learn kitesurfing, the first thing you will go through will be the safety systems of your kite. Since 2007, all kite have3 safety systems. You have to make sure every time you ride with a new kite; you tried the different safety system as they may change between different brands. If you by a kite, make sure you have the latest safety equipment on it.
In most of the situation, let go off your bar will be enough to be safe. That is always the first thing to do. If you let go off the bar, the kite will fall into the water, and will loose 90% of its power.
Once you let go off the bar, if the kite is still pulling you, and you feel in danger, you can release the chicken loop. In this case, you will be connected to you kite only with the safety line, and the kite loose 100% of its power.
The last safety system is to open the safety leash. Once you let go off the bar, then quick release, you might want to be totally disconnected to your kite. It will be the case if the kite fall on a road, or in a tree.
The self-rescue is the technic that must be done, at least a couple of time before you go kiting by your own. This is the only way to recovers safely in case the wind dies and you want to be able to reach the beach. You will use the self-rescue if you have dangerous situations, or even if you want to land by yourself.
During your 5hours course at SoulKite, you will perform at least 1 self-rescue with a qualified instructor. The best is to do it in shallow water to understand, and then to do the exercise in deep water.
Here the steps to perform a self rescue:
You have finished your lessons and you want to go to practice kitesurfing on the best spots of Western Australia. Please make sure you have:
Kitesurfing knife, which will help you to cut lines it they are wrapped around you. Your harness should have a spot to carry a kite knife at all time.
Kitesurfing helmet, which will protect your head in case of impact on the beach, or on the water with your board or another kite surfer
Kitesurfing floatation vest, which will protect your body in case of impact on the beach, or on the water with your board or another kite surfer
Kite leash, which comes with your bar. Make sure you connect your leash in front of you when you start practicing by yourself. If you connect it to your back, you might get in trouble to reach it.
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