All members of Ainsdale kitesurf club should have received this email:
Dear Member of Ainsdale Kite Surf Club,
Sefton Council are now issuing permits for use of Kitesurfing
Ainsdale Beach. Your details have been passed onto us by the club and
added to our Kite-Zone database. If your insurance is up-to-date you
will automatically be issued with a Kite-Zone permit through the post,
this permit is only valid when held in conjunction with a current
relevant insurance policy.
According to our records there are a number of members
who do not have
valid insurance and therefore will not be issued with a KZ permit. If
you have recently renewed your insurance please contact me with your
current insurance policy and you will be sent a Kite-Zone permit. From
1st January, if you wish to renew your permit please phone me to make
appointment to visit our office at the Ainsdale Discovery Centre.
Appointments can only be made Wed, Thurs, Fri or Sun between 10am -
Please note that a permit will only be issued on presentation of valid
Attached are the new rules and regulations for kitesurfing
Beach, winter and summer zoning maps will be sent in the post with your
All permit holders must abide by the rules and conditions.
For further information please contact Gill Farrell at the above email
address or telephone on 0151 934 2967.
RULES AND CONDITIONS OF USE
Kite Surfing Permits
The following rules and conditions have been put in place to ensure the
health and safety of ALL beach users. These rules and conditions must
be acknowledged before a permit can be issued.
1. Any user of the beach kite surfing zone at Ainsdale-on-Sea must agree
to follow all the regulations that are set out below. This agreement has
been reached after consultation between Sefton Council and Kite-Zone users.
2. Sefton Council has identified a zone at Ainsdale for the use of Kitesurfing.
No other part of the Sefton foreshore owned by Sefton Council or other
by other agencies in the Sefton Coast Partnership can be used for this
activity. Winter kiting use of the beach will be set by the Council each
year, but will generally be recognised from 1st October to 1st April.
3. A risk assessment has been carried out in conjunction with users and
Sefton Councils’ Health and Safety Section. Based on an agreed operational
plan, the activity will be allowed to continue, but will be reviewed on
an annual basis.
4. To use the designated area, a permit is required from Sefton Council.
To acquire a permit, you must first purchase a rash vest from the Club
and bring it with your proof of relevant insurance for at least £5
million to the Coast and Countryside Office. You will also be required
to complete an indemnity form, and sign to confirm receipt of these rules
and regulations and the summer and winter map of zones. The permit is
only valid when held in conjunction with a current relevant insurance
5. The permit does not allow cars to be driven on any part of the foreshore
not designated for public parking.
6. Users will not enter a zone north of a point immediately adjacent to
the Ainsdale Discovery Centre AT ANY TIME. This may result in loss of
permit and in the event of an accident, could render your insurance invalid.
7. Kitesurfing users will be aware that this area is not set aside for
their exclusive use and must take note of public, fishermen’s access,
horse riding and other activities. This area may not be available all
year and at times will be closed to use due to other events that may take
8. Kitesurfing users will at all times be aware of public use of this
area of the beach and will give way to all other users at all times.
9. Dangerous flying will not be tolerated. Any dangerous flying will result
in the offender being prohibited from the using the beach for any related
activity and in loss of permit.
10. Kitesurfing is only allowed where you have been given permission to
do so. Kitesurf activity outside of the designated area may result in
loss of permit and in the event of an accident, could render your insurance
11. Follow all environmental codes and place litter in the bins provided.
12. Observe BKSA and BPKA guidelines.
13. The wearing of protective headgear is strongly advised. Appropriate
personal protective equipment (PPE) is also recommended for all Kitesurfing
14. Do not use Kevlar lines.
15. Never use any captive harness systems unless supported by a quick
release system. E.g. Wichard Shackle.
16. Do not overfly any pedestrians or animals with your kite.
17. Kite tethering is not permitted.
18. Always look before behind and downwind before you turn/jump. The
upwind/downwind rule is always in operation. The upwind pilot keeps their
kite high and the downwind pilot keeps their kite low, this helps in avoiding
19. If a head to head collision is imminent, both pilots must stop. The
more skilled/experienced kiter should be the one to take evasive action
20. Never inflate, deflate, leave or launch kites in the car park (or
in front of the winter car park) or in such a way as to cause an obstruction
to other users. All parked/unused kites should have their bar and lines
21. While launching, allow appropriate distance between yourself and any
obstacles, allow three lines length from any obstruction. During winter,
kite surfers must not set up in front of the car parking zone.
22. No permits will be issued to persons under the age of 16 years without
the written approval of a parent/guardian. Users under the age of sixteen
will adhere to the same rules as all other users.
23. No persons under the age of 16 years to Kitesurf without a responsible
adult in attendance.
24. Jumping on land is expressly prohibited and will be seen as a “dangerous
25. No tethered or suspended jumping is to be tolerated at anytime.
26. No static flying within the buggy, landboard, blokart area unless
in transition to or from launch.
27. No entering the training zone if training is taking place.
28. The use of ‘kite-leashes’ is compulsory.
29. All kitersurfers must assess the risks and hazards prior to each launch.
Consider wind speed and direction, weather conditions and therefore appropriateness
of kite size. Kites, lines and boards should be inspected for damage regularly;
the user must have a continuous awareness of the tides; obstacles; other
beach users and their own level of skill. Inexperienced kite surfers should
always exercise extreme caution.
30. Anyone who intentionally causes nuisance, brings the use of the beach
into disrepute, causes problems outside of Kite-Zone through the static
flying of kites, or through driving at excessive speed on the beach may
have their permits rescinded.
31. Any users of Kite-Zone who trade or tout for trade on the beach, other
than the Council’s authorised Licensee’s, will have their
permits rescinded and will be reported to the Council’s Legal Department
and other relevant bodies and may result in legal action. The Councils’
Seashore Byelaws are in force on this area.
32. Have an emergency action plan for yourself and others e.g. contact
33. During high tide conditions, when the beach at Ainsdale-on-Sea is
closed, there should be no kite surf activity until 1 hour after highwater.
Map of Kitezone: