Toronto, Ontario IKO Kiteboarding Lessons and Covid-19

As some countries begin to ease restrictions due to COVID-19, IKO has established guidelines to help us stay safe while kiting and teaching.

Staying Safe at Kite Spots

  1. Always follow the latest recommendations by the WHO and local authorities. If kiting is forbidden, don’t go in the water. 
  2. As always, kite safely. Take precautions to ensure you’re not injured. We don’t want to burden healthcare systems that are already overwhelmed. 
  3. While in the water, stay at least three line lengths away from other riders. This was the rule before COVID-19 and it should help prevent contamination.
  4. Avoid crowded spots, keep a safe distance from people while on land and stay the minimal time at the spot before and after your session/lesson. 

Staying Safe While Teaching: 

  1. Have an assistant (with gloves that are disinfected often and a mask) in charge of launching and landing for everyone. 
  2. Disinfect your hands, the bar, board and pump before and after every lesson.
  3. Stay at the student’s side (never directly behind the student) to avoid contamination through the wind. Ideally, both you and the student should wear a mask or face covering. 
  4. Use a dedicated kite for demonstrations so you don’t touch the student’s bar. 
  5. Follow IKO’s modern way of teaching. Guide the student through the lesson and avoid touching the student’s bar, harness handle or other gear.       a. Use a trainer kite on short lines   b. If necessary, connect a kite-to-instructor leash    c. Follow the guided discovery 
  6. Kite schools should aim to take payment prior to the lesson commencing either online or by phone. This will avoid the handling of cash.

IKO is not a medical expert and those are only recommendations with no warranties. 

Use common sense and stay safe.

Windy Regards, 
The IKO Team 

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