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Kitesurfing lessons WA

IKO Level 1: Discovery

Approx 2-4 hours

At the end of level 1 you will have had your first taste of flying the inflatable kite. This level takes two to four hours to complete. IKO-Kiteboarding-zoneYou will learn to assess the suitability of a location and the environmental conditions. When you master the trainer kite, the power zone, terminology and basic communication signals we will have you set up the inflatable kite (the big kite).

IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) is all about safety. You know how to set up the kite, now it’s time to learn how to use its safety systems and the power/depower trim. Time to finally fly the kite in the water for a bit and you are ready for level 2: intermediate.

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  • Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
  • Know hazards on a spot
  • Set up a trainer kite
  • Know the use of safety systems
  • Carry and handle kite properly
  • 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
  • Set-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
  • Pre-flight check of equipment and settings
  • In flight check of 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)
  • 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
  • Pull quick release and activate leash
  • Recover the bar and kite
  • Self land

IKO level 2: Intermediate

Approx 3+ hours

You are now probably very keen to get in the water and start riding that board. Before we can give you a board you have to learn a couple of skills. iko-instructorWe like to make sure you are able to save yourself. Mastering self-rescue leads to learning to control the kite more precisely and body dragging upwind to recover the board.

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You might be ready for a bit of a break at this point, and that is when we go through the water start theory. Knowledge is power and will help you heaps with riding your first meters.

During the entire program we help to you to make the right choice when it comes to equipment choice and environmental conditions. The intermediate level takes most people at least three hours. Are you ready to ride independently?

  • 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
  • Self rescue and full pack down in deeper water
  • 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
  • Steady pull
  • Water starts 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
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kitesurfing students

IKO level 3: Independent

To reach all steps of this level takes practice, practice, practice! Learn these skills with us and save tones of time frustrated trying to learn by yourself. We will help you get out there quicker enjoying the ocean.

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  • 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 and respect right of way rules
  • Change of direction without stopping
  • Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
  • Self launch
  • Make a toe side turn
  • Knows the theory and the safety rules for jumping.
  • Land a basic jump

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