How to Stay Safe when Kiteboarding Solo
Kiteboarding is a fun sport to do with people and also alone. If, one day, you want to head out to the waters but there is no one about, here are some precautions to take and some tips you should know about before you set off on your solo excursion.
Check the Conditions
If you have taken kitesurfing lessons, the first thing you will be made aware of is the importance to check certain conditions before you plan to kiteboard alone or otherwise.
The first thing to check would be the weather conditions. How consistent the wind is going to be at the time you choose to go solo kiteboarding is important information to find out before you set off. The more consistent the wind, the safer it will be for your single session.
Drastic wind changes could leave you in a sticky situation, or much worse, a dangerous position. Be aware if you are located somewhere where the weather is prone to dramatic changes such as storms, because they can change and strengthen really quickly.
Make sure the you will be safe in the water temperature to maximise your chances of survival if the worst happens, and also that you can self-rescue if you need to.
Kiteboard in onshore winds, in case anything goes wrong. The wind will always be pushing you back towards the shore and not further away from it.
And don’t ever go further from the shore than you can swim.
Use your Instinct!
If you don’t feel quite right, there is probably a reason your body is telling you that. Be wary of offshore winds, as they can carry you out into the sea at a rapid pace. This can be problematic if you hurt yourself or your equipment fails.
Know your Limits
Now isn’t the time to try anything new. If you’re alone, even with a risk assessment, trying something new could be dangerous if there is no one else there or aware of you.
Take into consideration how far you can realistically swim, and how fit you are too, before you go into the water by yourself.
Solo Kitesurfing Safety tips:
Extras that Are not Optional
Much like when you’re on a night out, let someone know where you are going if you are going alone. An estimated time of departure from your expedition, or a time you think you will be due back wouldn’t go a miss either.
Planning for the worst to happen is the smartest way when you are wanting to go kiteboarding by yourself. Think about the worst kinds of situations you could get in, and what you would do if it happened. An example would be if you had to self-rescue if your equipment failed.
If there are other people around, you could check to see if they would be happy to help in an emergency and talk through what they would need to do if that situation arose.
Much like ourselves, the older the equipment is, the more it needs a check over for wear and tear. If your gear is over three years old or has been used for around 100 hours, this is a good benchmark for beginning to check your gear more regularly. Make sure everything is in working order and that any safety or emergency equipment is still fully functional.
We hope you have found this post on how to stay safe when kiteboarding useful. If it has put your fears to rest and given you a little push to give it a go, why not have a look at our kitesurfing boards and get in that water!