The IKO S.E.A (Spot, Environment, Activity) Assessment is a tool used by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) to assess the safety of kiteboarding spots, environments, and activities. It is designed to help kiteboarders understand the potential hazards and risks associated with a given kiteboarding spot, and to help them make informed decisions about whether or not to ride at that location.
The IKO S.E.A Assessment is based on a three-point scale, with each point representing a different level of risk. The three points are:
- Spot: The spot assessment evaluates the overall safety of the kiteboarding location, including factors such as the quality of the launch and landing areas, the presence of hazards such as rocks, shallow water, or other obstacles, and the availability of rescue services. In order to ensure the safety of kiteboarders, it is important for kiteboarding spots to have well-maintained launch and landing areas that are free of hazards, and to have rescue services available in case of an emergency.
- Environment: The environment assessment evaluates the weather and wind conditions at the kiteboarding location, including factors such as wind speed, wind direction, and gusts. It also takes into account the local terrain and water conditions, including the presence of currents, waves, and tides. In order to minimize the risks associated with kiteboarding, it is important for riders to be aware of the weather and wind conditions, and to choose a spot that is appropriate for their skill level and experience.
- Activity: The activity assessment evaluates the level of risk associated with the interactions between kiteboarding and other people and their activities at the beach. This includes factors such as the presence of other beachgoers, swimmers, or watercraft, and the potential for kiteboarding to affect or be affected by these activities. In order to minimize the risks associated with kiteboarding, it is important for riders to be aware of their surroundings and to take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
Based on these three assessments, the IKO S.E.A Assessment provides a overall risk rating for the kiteboarding spot, environment, and activity. This rating can range from “Low Risk” to “Extreme Risk,” and it is intended to help kiteboarders understand the potential hazards and risks associated with a given kiteboarding location and activity. By understanding the risks and hazards associated with a given spot, kiteboarders can make informed decisions about whether or not to ride at that location and can take appropriate precautions to ensure their safety.
We will discuss the S.E.A Assessment in detail during IKO Level 1 lessons