NHKitesurfer wrote:Kitesurfers and lifeguards (I am both) should get together to discuss how kiteboarders may be able to assists life guards in certain situations.
Last summer it was a big surf day and a swimmer got caught in a rip current, taking him directly into the pounding waves. The lifeguard tried to use their board to paddle out but could not get past the shore pound. She had a heck of a time trying to swim out past the pounding waves too.
It would have been very easy for me to grab a flotation device, kite in the vicinity of the endangered swimmer and drop the flotation device within reach. I had been kiteboarding the waves all day and had no problem getting past shore pound.
NHKitesurfer wrote:Last thing you want to do is put the kiteboarder at risk, compounding the problem or even worse, have the kite go down and entangle other swimmers really compounding the problem. I suggested the kiteboarder dropping a flotation device within the vicinity to mitigate any risk, however there is always the potential. But there are other scenarios which should be investigated.
bnthere wrote:good topic here ...
I do a course for the beachpatrol here on South Padre every spring. One of the most practical and useful parts of it which they end up putting to real life use, is simply how to grab a down kite that is drifting in and carry it onto the beach.
Riders end up swimming in / drifting in with kites in the water (when wind dies and cant relaunch or deflated/tangled/released etc) and the guards end up grabbing the gear before it washes over the people that inevitably are just standing there looking at it drifting into them.
Its always kind of amusing watching the guards struggle with the gear at first, and a good reminder that people that dont kite or havent been shown really have no idea how to handle kite gear.
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