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Beginner LESSONS - IKO Level 1 - GET a Feel

Experience Requirements: Zero

Other requirements: Wetsuit gloves and booties. Food and drink for the day. You need to be able to swim, but not necessarily be a strong swimmer nor be super fit.

Power yourself through the water with the kite and get a real feel for this exciting sport!


We believe your experience should be about flying a proper kite in the water. We don't mess around with small trainer kites on the beach, as these teach you bad habits that you then have to unlearn. After a short theory session and safety briefing on the beach, where you learn all of the rules and skills you will need, we kit up and get straight in the water. This is the safest and most fun place to be with a powerful kite.

During the lesson, you will learn to control the kite and use it to power yourself downwind through the water. Once we have harnessed the power, we start to use the kite in a controlled way to take us in different directions and learn some key skills, such as body dragging up wind.

As we concentrate on the experience of flying the kite in the water, the Beginner Lesson structure does not cover the self-rescue techniques required before you go out on your own. Once you have successfully completed the Beginner Lessons and gained the IKO Level 1 accreditation you can book onto the Intermediate Lessons to progress to becoming an independent kitesurfer.

Gaining the IKO Level 1 accreditation can normally be completed in one session lasting approximately 4 hours.


Once you have mastered the basic skills, you'll be awarded your IKO Level 1 Kiteboarder accreditation. We do not always use the board on the first day, as kite control is 80% of the skill in kitesurfing and there is a lot to learn. If you decide to book onto the Intermediate Lessons for IKO Level 2 you should be ready to get straight on the board.


All lessons are conducted on the beach at low tide and any kite flying will be undertaken in the water.


Beginner Lesson Overview.

  • S.E.A. (Spot, Environment, Activity) Assessment

  • Holding, Carrying and Securing a Kite on Land

  • Kite Set Up

  • Safety Systems Use

  • Pre-Flight Check

  • Launching and Landing as an Assistant

  • First Piloting and Explore the Wind Window's Edge

  • Let Go of the Bar

  • Twist and Untwist the Lines

  • Flying One-Handed

  • Trim Discovery

  • Walking While Flying the Kite

  • Launching and Landing as a Pilot

  • Wind Window Theory

  • In flight Quick Release Activation

  • Self-Landing

  • Equipment Packing

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