These guidelines were agreed at a meeting of all interested kite surfers at the Cottesloe Hotel in Oct 2000. All retailers and instructors were encouraged to provide a copy of them to their students.
Best areas to learn in WA are:
Other popular areas suitable for the more experienced:
Dept of Transport (Marine) Regulations
We are covered under any local government by-laws (not sure if any City Councils have passed any yet) + Dept of Transport (Marine) Regulations, which technically include:
Right of way rules of the road see http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/imarine/rec_boating/regulations/rules_of_road.html - main one is starboard tack (wind on your right shoulder) has right of way, maintains speed & heading port tack changes course/ speed to avoid collision. In addition: kite upwind should remain above 45 degrees, kite downwind keeps below 45 degrees.
In protected waters such as rivers, lakes and dams and within 400 metres offshore, a PFD Type 1, 2 or 3 must be worn. When in unprotected waters, more than 400 metres offshore, the PFD must be a Type 1 and flares must be carried.
When you go further than 5 nautical miles you also need to carry a rocket flare, radio and EPIRB. Still exempt from anchor and fire extinguisher.
boats under 3.75m in length (including kite surfers), must stay within five nautical miles
from the mainland, unless they are within the limits of a port or within one mile of any
Must stay clear of 50 metres of another vessel or person in the water.
SPEED RESTRICTION AREA
Dept of Transport turn a blind eye to many of these regulations as long as they do not receive any complaints or observe any unsafe behaviour it would be a real pain if we all have to wear PFD all the time (as they already have to in Melbourne), stay 50m apart and have to keep under 8 knots within 200m of the beach!!!!
We all need to work together on these safety issues by educating those that are risking us all being banned ie if you see someone doing something that you think they shouldnt, then speak to them often it is just ignorance and a friendly chat can sort the issue out and prevent it happening again.
Unfortunately there are many people who choose not to get any instruction and many instructors who do not teach safety adequately and even worse do not conduct safe practises eg I still see guys teaching others on public beaches. AKSA also have published safety guidelines at http://www.aksa.com.au/docs/Waterways.pdf