From 2008 to 2013, Greg Gerkens worked as a special education science teacher for the Wyandanch Union Free School District, where he also acted as an athletic event supervisor, leadership team member, and coordinator of multiple school programs. Outside of his work life, Greg Gerkens enjoys spending time flying kites with his son.
While it may look simple, launching a kite and keeping it airborne can prove quite challenging. These three tips will help get your kite soaring through the skies in no time.
1. Best Kites for Beginners – While you may want to splurge on an eye-catching 3D kite with tons of flare, instead consider starting with a basic delta kite. Delta kites, shaped like a triangle, are much easier to put together and keep in the air than many fancier kites.
2. Lifting Off – Though you may see some people attempting a running start with their kite, running can make launching the kite even harder. Instead, face the wind while holding your kite above your head, letting go when a good gust comes. As the wind carries your kite upward, let out some extra line so you do not halt your kite’s momentum. If the wind starts to lull, begin reeling your kit in to keep the line tight.
3. Ideal Locations – The ideal location for kite flying is an area that provides plenty of wide-open space without many obstacles the kite could get caught on, like trees, buildings, or power lines. Spots like the beach or an open field provide enough open air but make sure you are also mindful of other kite flyers and people enjoying the space in other ways.