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Kitesurfing or kite boarding is an activity where girls fly a kite to produce enough power to pull them along a body of water – similarly to sailing.
To take your girls kitesurfing, you will need to find a British Kite Surfing Association (BKSA) approved site.
You will need to check that the activity provider has adequate insurance cover. The activity centre should have a minimum of £5 million in public liability insurance.
Check safety regulations below for more guidance on kitesurfing activities.
The instructor must hold a BKSA instructor qualification, and should brief participants on the use of a safety harness and other safety equipment.
Kite surfing must be undertaken using the standards and controls laid down by the British Kite Surfing Association (BKSA) and must take place at a BKSA-approved site.
This activity is particularly popular in overseas locations with warmer climates. If kite surfing abroad, the BKSA qualifications and regulations are not applicable. The Leader will need to make enquiries about the reputation and safety standards of the activity provider. Contact your International Adviser or Outdoor Activities Adviser, or email [email protected] for more guidance.
To do kite surfing, girls must be able to:
- swim 50 metres
- keep afloat for five minutes in the clothes normally worn for the activity.
Girls may fulfil these rules wearing a buoyancy aid or life jacket when either is required for the activity.
Include all: If a girl has a medical condition that will affect her ability to swim, ensure that you inform the instructor and make provision to allow her to participate safely.
The Leader must:
- make sure that safety rules and alarm signals have been explained to the girls, and the need for instructions to be obeyed immediately
- make sure the required buoyancy aids/life jackets are used
- follow water safety guidance and ensure that the responsible adult helpers are familiar with them.
Water should be inspected for signs of visible pollution, for example rubbish, blue green algae or chemicals.
Make sure girls and parents are aware of the dangers and symptoms of Weil's disease and what action to take if infection is suspected. On the day of the activity participants should be advised to cover cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters to help prevent infection.
See our guidance on water activities.
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