The USLA is updating a publication on open water rescue and has asked for a short module on kiteboarder rescue tied to more detailed references. We have provided training to the USLA since 2008 at various venues. I came up with the following expanded upon at viewtopic.php?f=131&t=2391049&p=912136#p912136
Any critical input missing? (the outline format was messed up pasting this here btw) Thank you!
"Kiteboarder Assessment & Rescue - March 2016 *
A. Kiteboarding is widespread in coastal and lake areas throughout USA with variable levels of skill and experience.
B. Kiters may appear to need help but may only require monitoring as they attempt to slowly self-rescue.
C. Kiters may need rescue assistance and be able bodied or disabled.
D. Rescuers should understand assessment and be practiced in various means of rescue while protecting themselves, their rescue craft and bystanders from kite and lines.
E. It is important to arrange rescuer orientation with qualified kiteboarder instructors/leaders to provide hands on training in proper procedures.
II. Kiteboarder Assessment From Shore and Water
A. Able bodied kiteboarder in process of self-rescuing.
B. Able bodied kiteboarder in apparent need of assistance.
C. Impaired or distressed kiteboarder signs, risk factors, kite stabilization & rescue.
III. Assisting In Landing & Securing Kite
A. Kiteboarder may require assistance on beach and safety may be best served by providing it.
B. Things to do and not do in assisting kite landing & securing or disabling kite from relaunching.
C. Never grab kite lines, where to securely hold kite.
D. Runaway kites, why and how to contain, intercept and secure.
IV. Personal Watercraft Based Kiter Rescue Considerations
A. Two trained rescuers on RIBB, Waverunner or other powered craft is best.
B. Rescue may be feasible from paddleboard and kayak with care.
C. Assessment, able bodied kiteboarder capable of assisting or distressed kiteboarder requiring full assistance or immediate rescue.
D. Precautions approaching from upwind, kite line sinks from sight & can foul propellers or impellors.
E. Freeing kite (“pull red”) and securing kiteboarder, means of kite recovery as appropriate.
V. Kiteboarding Injuries
Additional resources at:
* “USLA Lifesaving Training Officer Academy - Kiting Orientation - 2013, 2014, 2015” viewtopic.php?f=131&t=2391049&p=912136#p912136
Gio Serrano, Safety & Rescue Training, LLC - http://www.safetyrescuetraining.com
Rick Iossi, Florida Kitesurfing Association, Inc. - http://fksa.org/
Paula Ambrosio-Marinkovic, Adventure Sports Miami"