KNOW HOW TO PROPERLY RIG YOUR SAFETY SYSTEM. If improperly rigged, it will be useless in an emergency, or create trouble if it fails unexpectedly. Keep one hand on quick release when launching or landing- be ready to use it at the first sign of trouble.
PRACTICE self-rescue in light winds, not when its 20-30 or more. Things get a lot harder when its windy or you are in waves. Practice, Practice, Practice.
Do a thorough check of all lines, bridles, and safety systems BEFORE YOU GO OUT EVERY TIME.
ALWAYS carry a knife.
Never go out further than you are able to swim.
Launch kite TOWARDS the water whenever possible. Keep it low and get on the water and away from shore ASAP.
ALWAYS seek certified instructors and ask about their lesson plan. Make sure you are taught safety procedures at the BEGINNING of the lesson.
KNOW the weather conditions before you go. Learn to identify potential problems before they are right on you. (Cloud Lines, drop in temperature or barometric pressure,wind shifts, etc.)
Know your limits as a kiter, and respect those boundaries.
READ, READ, READ anything you can about kiting, and DEFINITELY read anything written by Rick Iossi- He is the safety guru of our sport and dedicated to making our sport safer. His site is http://www.fksa.org
"Live to kite another day..."
Stay safe everyone!