Clearance rules and kiting zones

Clearance rules designate appropriate speeds within proximity to people, other water craft and objects. Level: basic

These are often subject to local regulation and laws, so make sure you check which rules apply to your country, state or location.


Kitesurfers are classified as sailing vessels in many countries and must adhere to all applicable rules and regulations. Regulations can differ between countries, and between states within a country, so check local regulations when kitesurfing at a new location.

Avoid kitsurfing in No Go and Caution zones.

In Australia:

    • Kiters must not exceed 5 knots within 200m of the shore, 50m of a jetty, 50m of a person, or 50m from another vessel (moored or underway) or any object (including buoys or pilings) in the water.

    • A person must not launch, release, operate, fly or land a kite within 45 metres of a relevant installation that is above the ground (this applies to other any aircraft and model aircraft too).

    • No boating and swimming only zones may not be used for kitesurfing.

    • Only jump when you have a clear safety zone 50m downwind and 30m upwind.

    • Some areas designated as kitesurfing zones, where the 5 knot speed limit within 200m of shore does NOT apply.