KITESURFING STANDARD RULES AND CONDITIONS
1. The locations and sea area selected must
a. Be free and clear of any rocky coastal areas, islets, reefs, piers, buoys, fishing nets, or any other obstacles.
b. Be ample distances away from airports and especially airspaces used by planes for takeoff and landing. In such cases the minimum distances required are set per specific location and in accordance with rules set by the respective Airport Authorities.
c. Be a minimum distance of one (01) nautical mile away from ports, marinas, and fish farms. The distance may be reduced to five hundred (500) depending on the specific area, if deemed necessary by the respective Committee under Article #35, Hellenic Port Authority #20.
2. Kite surfers must be equipped with the following safety equipment
b. Harness, hook
c. Line Knife safety accessory suitable to cut lines
d. Wetsuits designed for temperatures for periods from October 15th to May 15th
e. Personal floatation device, buoyancy impact vest
f. Quick Release, Safety Leash accessory
g. Kite and Board retaining leashes - Lease system
3. Kite surfers must be extra careful when launching the kite from the shore so as to avoid any unintentional takeoffs.
4. Kite surfing is prohibited when
a. Individuals are less than sixteen (16) years of age and do not know how to swim properly. For minors, not less than fourteen (14) years of age, their participation is allowed only through:
(i) the consent of the parent/guardian in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Code, who certifies that the child is qualified to swim; (ii) when a child is accompanied by the lessor or another person who is connected with him via a working relationship, at a distance no more than one hundred (100) meters from the windshield during its use. Only two (2) minors are allowed to be accompanied by the aforesaid person and they must follow the given instructions".
b. At beaches categorized as popular and heavily frequented
c. Prior to sunrise and after sunset hours
d. At open seas and less than two hundred (200) meters from anchored boats, markers denoting other underwater activities, rocky areas, islets, reefs, buoys, boaters, or any other obstacles.
e. When at piers, docks, fish farm tanks, and sea areas around them, as described in paragraph ¶1c of this Article.
f. During sever or adverse weather conditions.
g. Beyond one (01) nautical miles from the shoreline
h. An operator is under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
i. Wind directions force the vessel towards open seas and lifeguards/authorized individuals equipped with a power operated vessel, are not present to assist in case of emergency.
j. Wind speeds are greater than seven (6) Beaufort and licensed lifeguards are not present along with a power operated/motorized vessel to assist recovery in case of emergency. Additionally, its use is prohibited when visibility is limited.
k. When distances are less than two hundred (200) meters from swimmers.
l. Proper Kite surfing licenses are not attained. Requirements for obtaining Kitesurfing licensing include
i. An established waterway, with a minimum length and width of one-hundred (100) meters and whose limits are clearly marked by yellow floating buoys, cone shaped on the right and cylinders on the left (as seen from shore) and set at three (3) meters apart from each yet not connected by rope.
ii. The launching area must be completely unobstructed from any objects and or individuals during the launch/take off procedure.
iii. The installation of two (2) permanent signs on both sides of the waterways’ entrances, and stating “WARNING -KITESURF TAKEOFF LAUNCH AREA” written in both the Greek and English language.
5. Licenses can be allocated simultaneously for kitesurfing and other recreational watercraft under the condition, that other R.W.C. cannot be leased simultaneously with the exception of Windsurfing activities.
6. Launching is allowed only when the launch area is free and clear from all individuals and any objects within a hundred (100) meter radius from the kitersurfer taking-off.
7. Kitesurfing is prohibited when less than Two Hundred (200) meters from the shoreline.
Note, at beaches where floating buoys designate swimmers limits, kitesurfing is allowed only when past such buoys.
8. The above terms and conditions in this article, with the exception of 4.l.i, 4.l.iii and 5, also apply such craft owned and operated for personal use.