Kitesurfing is an extremely fun activity, but just like any physical activity it can come with a number of inherent risks. Fortunately, if you keep this in mind and follow a few simple rules you should be able to remain safe. Here you will find a list of things to do while traveling and safely kitesurfing so that you can reduce your chances of having to be a patient in the local emergency room.
The number one safety rule that you should always follow is to be completely sober when you decide to give kitesurfing a try. All too often people have a few drinks and then get the courage to give this sport a try. While most companies do not allow those under the influence to rent their equipment, there is a chance that they will not be aware or that they are counting on the renter to disclose this information. One of the leading causes of preventable injury in any activity is that the individual is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Don't become part of the statistic. Only take on this adventure when you are completely sober.
Another rule to follow is to always wear a certified flotation device. Even if you are an expert swimmer there is always the risk of being injured or knocked unconscious, leaving you unable to swim. There is also the risk of becoming fatigued. There is no reason to take the risk of drowning. Fortunately most rental companies will require you to wear one of their devices to ensure that you are safe at all times while you are out on the water. In Cape Town like our places around the world they often kitesurfing in waves which ads an added level of danger, when taking part in kitesurfing lessons cape town companies make all their students wear floatation PFD's ( personal floatation devices ) to ensure their safety and suggest that a purchase one for after their lessons.
As this is a sport that people tend to take on while they are traveling it is likely that you aren't familiar with the rental companies in the area that you will be. In order to be prepared in advance it is best to take some time to research the available companies. This can help you to find information on their safety record and how others felt about their experience. Of course every company should follow the strictest of safety protocols in order to protect their customers and themselves, but this isn't always the case. By planning ahead you will have a better idea of what you can expect and will be less inclined to go kitesurfing at the first place that you find.
While actually participating in this sport there are a number of kitesurfing safety rules that should be followed. One of the most important is to always stay clear of others. This ensures that you do not accidentally injure someone that might be swimming or get hit by a powered water vehicle. Pay close attention to your surroundings to protect your safety as well as the safety of those around you. You also want to be sure that you steer clear of areas that may have rocks or other debris in the water. This clearly can increase your risk of a serious injury. Of course it is also important to be aware of the current and approaching weather conditions. The last thing you want is to be far from land when severe weather or high winds strike.
In the end, the more attention you pay to your safety and the safety of others, the less likely it is that an unfortunate event will occur. Paying a great deal of attention and knowing your surroundings at all times are critical to ensuring that you have a great time while you are out on the water. Keeping your focus on safety will mean a good time is had by all.