Lifejackets on Lake Garda?

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Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:01 pm

Anyone know if you actually have to have a lifejacket on to kite Lake Garda? It's mentioned a couple of times online but seems a little vague.
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Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:01 pm

Yes is the answer and if they catch you, you can be fined, but...

They have got to catch you and it is a big lake. I tend to use an impact vest and say it's my buoyancy vest, it also depends where you're kiting, I've never had any problems out of places like Malcesine, but got a bit of a bollocking once (windsurfing) down the Torbole end, luckily it was windy and I got clear and away.

So, you take your chances, but not many people I've seen go the whole hog and wear the full monty EU spec life vest, not kiting or windsurfing anyway, get yourself an impact vest, it's a wise thing to wear kiting anyway would be my best advice.
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Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:52 am

Thanks, that confirms things. No time to get a good impact vest so looks like I'm off to Decathlon on the way down, these things look as compact as you can get though http://www.decathlon.co.uk/wairgo-vest- ... 35563.html
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Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:09 pm

Yeah I guess, if you don't mind looking like a dick who shops at Decathlon, personally I'd rather pay the fine. ;-)
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Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:23 pm

caribcat wrote:Thanks, that confirms things. No time to get a good impact vest so looks like I'm off to Decathlon on the way down, these things look as compact as you can get though http://www.decathlon.co.uk/wairgo-vest- ... 35563.html

Looks like some sort of Life Bra......ha ha!
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Sat Aug 27, 2016 5:07 pm

UPDATE: After all that, found none of the kiters wearing them and so kited for 10 days with out any problems.

FYI 7m meter weather from 7am to 10am, break for lunch and then 12m from 2-3pm. I launched from Kite Club Malcesnie which was a pretty chilled place with the odd BBQ thrown in.
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