We will run you through the different steps using our experience and knowledges to make sure you become a safe and independent kiteboarder.
Here are the different levels (based on the IKO standards) you will reach during the lessons. In average, it takes about 6 to 10 hours of lessons to a student with basic physical ability to get up and going on the board. It all depends on your motivation, physical ability and experience. Any board sport experience is a plus but it is not required. Everyone may enroll in a kite program. You do not need to be a pro athlete.
Your instructor will always give you a feedback at the end of the lesson.
IKO Kitesurfing lesson level 1:
Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting - Know the hazards on a spot - Set up a kite - Know the use of safety systems
Have basic flying skills - Launch and land the kite with an assistant - Twist and untwist the lines while flying a kite - Walk and change DIRECTIONS while flying the kite - Know the wind window
Pre-flight check equipment and settings - In-flight check equipment and settings - Understand and use international communication signals - Launch and land the kite to an assistant (and as an assistant)
Control the kite hooked into the harness - Understand the de-power system and use the safety systems - Advanced flying skills with the kite - Show full control of de-power systems in flight
Pull quick release and activate leash - Recover the bar and kite - Self-land the kite - self-rescue and pack down
IKO Kitesurfing lesson level 2:
Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite - Water re-launch the kite - Body drag downwind - Maintain correct kite position in the wind window - Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
Upwind body drag to recover board - Upwind body drag holding the board with one hand - Enter and exit at the same point while upwind body dragging
Know the power stroke for a water start - Know the safety rules and theory for water start - Can put board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start
Water start in both directions and ride a short distance - Come to a controlled stop - Understand weather forecast, tidal and wind effects - Determine the wind strength, direction and quality - Know the right of way rules - Know equipments setup and choice according to weather conditions
IKO Kitesurfing lesson level 3:
- Control the riding speed by edging - Consistent riding in both directions - Consistent riding in all directions including upwind - Ride amongst other riders and water users - Respect the right of way rules
- Change of directions without stopping - Make a toe side turn
Self launch risk assessment - Self launch
Know the theory and the safety rules for jumping - Land a basic jump