I am new to this forum, I have been flying for about 2 and half years. I would really appreciate it if you help me out.
I am a student director for my college outdoor program. we are trying to get a kiting program started and I was wonder what kites would be better for our program, fixed lines or depowerable lines. We are writing up a risk management plan and we need to know which would be safer. Thanks a lot for your input. if you could please leave your credentials that would help out a lot.
What kind of kiting will the outdoor program participate in? Snow-kiting? Buggying? Land-boarding? Stunt kite flying? Traction kite flying?
Are you, yourself, competent at any of these disciplines? What kind of "flying" have you done?
Is your college near any bodies of water?
Will you be hiring any certified kitesurfing instructors? Or will it be club oriented "Each One Teach One"?
Will your "ground schooling" include course work taught by any academicians, such as a physics professor lecturing on airfoil dynamics or meteorology or winter survival or avalanche awareness and rescue?
Have you contacted any colleges which have established a kiting program?
How many members do you anticipate?
What kind of wind do you get, locally? Frontal? Thermal? Fair Weather breezes?
The members of Kiteforum can be of great help to you, in your effort to establish a kiting club, if we have enough information to give you good advice.
My credentials are 8 years of kiteboarding...during which time, I know of at least 100 people who have died, while participating in the activity, and hundreds more who have been crippled.
A college outdoor program, using academic resources, and compulsive "ground schooling" by competent instructors could be an ideal way of introducing the next generation of kiteboarders to a great "life-time" recreational activity. I wish you luck.