Fantastic news for all those missing going for a kitesurf.
The guidelines below were issued by the BKSA in early May 2012. Since then the BKSA has said that since social distancing has been reduced to 1m it’s a go for beginner kitesurf lessons from the 4th of July. They are are recommending one to one or same household groups to begin with. The BKSA teaching guidelines (issued 1st May 2020) can be seen here.
Please read the BKSA guidelines (see below). A lot of this is about sensible extra precautions to keep you, your friends and family and others, safe. This is re Covid-19 and there is a related, vastly reduced, level of RNLI coverage at the moment.
As you’ll see from the BKSA announcement, the return to kitesurfing is for those of an Intermediate standard (can ride upwind…) and above. Follow the government guidelines and make sure you are insured (for most this is by having up to date BKSA membership).
- Don’t travel to the beach and ‘wait’ for the wind on a daily basis. Check the forecast to ensure the weather is suitable for the day and the spot you intend to go to. If you can, please go to your local/ closest/ most familiar location.
- When travelling to the beach/ land kite spot please minimise your stops/interactions and potential transmission routes for the virus to spread.
- We do not want to contribute to transmitting the virus from areas of high infection, to rural and remote low infected areas. This could result in more stringent measures being reintroduced.
- Please also consider when travelling to outdoor spaces, it is important that people respect the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and do not travel to different parts of the UK where it would be inconsistent with guidance or regulations issued by the relevant devolved administrations.
- Also keep in mind it’s probably a while since you last kited, perhaps the first time this year. Check your kit, check yourself, be realistic about your own capabilities and the conditions. …The bigger person is the one who knows their own limitations.
- Let us set an example of how to act sensibly and safely engage in our great sports without impacting negatively on the rest of our society.