Kite Surfing 24 Over the years, PHC has opted for an educational and support approach, which included regular meetings with the kite surfing community and being involved in the setting up of the Poole Kite Surfing Club and the creation of a Code of Practice. This went some way to improving the safety of the sport. However over recent years popularity has increased and accidents have occurred, therefore greater regulation was deemed necessary. Following months of consultation with the kite surfing community, the British Kite Sports Association (BKSA), Borough of Poole, Natural England and the RNLI, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) introduced a General Direction in April 2014, which empowers a kite surfing permit scheme in Poole harbour. GENERAL DIRECTION KITESURFING WITHIN THE POOLE HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS’ AREA OF JURISDICTION 1. This direction is given pursuant to article 12 of the Poole Harbour Revision Order 2012 (“the 2012 Order”) in respect of any surfboard or similar vessel powered by a kite(“a Kite Surfer”). This direction shall apply in all parts of the Harbour, as defined by article 4 of the 2012 Order (“the Harbour”). 2. No Kite Surfer shall be operated in the Harbour by any person who is not in possession of a “Kite Surfing Permit”. Such a permit denotes a declaration that the holder has at least 3rd The Poole Harbour and Marina Guide 2018 party public liability insurance, a competency statement to confirm ability to self-rescue and deep water pack down, has paid the relevant dues and agrees to abide by appropriate terms and conditions issued by the Harbour Master 3. Students of BKSA registered schools while undergoing training under the direct supervision of a BKSA accredited instructor will be exempt from the requirement to purchase a permit, however they must wear a “rash” vest provided by their school. 4. Persons issued with a “Kite Surfing Permit” must display the supplied tag at all times when kite surfing. 5. Any person in charge of a Kite Surfer, or is otherwise responsible for its management or operation who fails to comply with this Direction shall be guilty of an offence pursuant to article 15 of the 2012 Order and may be prosecuted. Training schools need to apply to the Harbour Master for a training permit where additional conditions apply. Permits can be applied and paid for (Daily £6, Annual £24) on line via PHC website: www.phc.co.uk Kite Surfing is not permitted in the Harbour Entrance or the Main Channels between the Bar Buoy and the Turning Basin For further information: Local Notice To Mariners 04/2013 Local Notice To Mariners 12/2014 Kite Surfing Code of Conduct These documents are available from the PHC website.
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