SAFETY

Kite Club Dubai is big on safety which is why we only hire IKO certified and trained instructors. To ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience, our team will teach you basic safety guidelines which should always be followed.

The basics

Our trainers are always checking the weather forecast, color radar and real-time wind reports for indications of storms/squalls and excessively gusty winds, wind direction changes and lightning hazards. Do not launch or ride in or near squalls or storms. If you’re unsure, always call our office to check anytime!

We also recommend that you avoid kite surfing in crowded areas, near rocks, trees, or power lines. In general, there should be a minimum of 100 meters of safe distance from all obstructions.

Harness Safety

The most basic is a quick-release harness safety system. Harness safety systems come in different configurations; most allow the kite surfer to release the kite with one tug or push, leaving only one line which is attached to a kite leash. This one line ideally will cause the kite to lose its shape and fall from the sky, without power.

Other key Pointers

    • Be extra careful when landing or launching the kite. Most accidents occur on shore or while a rider is entering or leaving the water. It’s advisable to either un-hitch your kite from your harness while on-shore, holding onto it with only your arms, so you can release if necessary, or simply be ready to operate the quick-release mechanism.
  • When practiced safely, with the proper training and gear, kiteboarding is an enjoyable, addictive sport. Like any other sport, respecting nature, paying attention to the weather and staying within the limits of the rider’s ability will provide the safest and most enjoyable experience.

If it’s possible, don’t go kiting alone

It’s always better to have someone with you to help you if something’s happening. If you’re alone, talk and connect to some people on the beach, which will probably happen anyway.

    • Re-check that lines are well armed before the kite take-off and get help just from experienced kite boarders and use the appropriate signals for take-off and landing the kite.
    • Do not take-off the kite in the presence of obstacles (people, animals or things) and be careful to have a safe distance downwind (if it is possible at least twice the length of the lines)
  • If in doubt, book in for one of our free kitesurfing safety courses. Call our office for more information!