Learn to kitesurf
1st Day Beginner

This lesson will last for four hours and is ideal for those who want to get their first taste of kitesurfing. This is an introductory lesson, but hopefully by the end the student will be ready for the next stage which will be in the water.

IKO Level 1A
  • Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
  • Know hazards at the beach
  • Set up a trainer kite
  • Know the use of safety systems
IKO Level 1B
  • Have basic flying skills with trainer kite
  • Launch and land the trainer kite with an assistant
  • Twist and untwist the lines while flying the kite
  • Walk and change directions while flying the kite
  • Know the wind window
IKO Level 1C
  • Set-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
  • Pre- flight check equipment and settings
  • In flight check equipment and settings
  • Understand and use the international communication signals
  • Launch and land the kite to an assistant and as an assistant (4/5-line de-power kite)
IKO Level 1D
  • Control the kite hooked into the harness
  • Understand the de-power system and can use the safety systems
  • Advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
  • Show full control of de-power systems in flight
IKO Level 1E
  • Pull quick release and activate leash
  • Recover the bar and kite
  • Self land
2nd Day Intermediate

Following on from day one, the second day will see the student in the water with a bigger kite and with more power. There will be enough power in the kite for the student to body surf downwind, across wind and upwind. Once the student has learnt the technique of bodysurfing upwind, they will then be ready for the water start.

IKO Level 2F
  • Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite
  • Water re-launch the kite
  • First body drag downwind
  • Maintain correct kite position in the wind window
  • Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
  • Recover the kite and bar in the water
IKO Level 2G
  • 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
IKO Level 2H
  • Know the power stroke for a water start
  • Know the safety rules and theory for water start
  • Can put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start
IKO Level 2I
  • 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 equipment set up and choice according to the weather conditions
3rd Day Advanced

Now the student should have all the necessary kite control to confidently get into the water and go kitesurfing independently. This lesson is about getting the students to grasp basic riding techniques, practise stopping and turning, riding upwind and basic jump theory. By the end of day 3, the student will no longer be a student but an independent kite boarder.

IKO Level 3J
  • Control the riding speed by edging
  • Consistent riding in both directions
IKO Level 3K
  • Consistent riding in all directions including upwind
  • Ride amongst other riders and water users and respect right of way rules
IKO Level 3L
  • Change of direction without stopping
  • Self- rescue and full pack-down in the water
IKO Level 3M
  • Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
  • Self launch
IKO Level 3N
  • Make a toe side turn
  • Knows the theory and the safety rules for jumping
  • Land a basic jump
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Beaches for kitesurfing lessons

Here in Kent we have some really good places to ride. One beach can offer completely different conditions to another, while some are more suitable for learning. We only teach at locations with the safest conditions, and at low tide. For more information please go to the Beaches page.

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