Beginner’s Course
What you’llLearn

The Beginner’s Course will take you from being an absolute beginner to acquiring basic kite surfing skills, so you can handle your board, pop up and ride the waves.

In just four days, you’ll learn everything you need to enjoy basic kite surfing.

Day 1 – Taster Session

The first day/ Taster Session is all about confidence and controlling the kite. You’ll get used to the ‘feel’ of the kite in flight and its pulling power.

We practice with smaller kites on the beach, before moving into the shallows as soon as you can show that you can control the kite for your first taste of real surfing. We train with short lines on the kites for less power, more control and to build a better technique.

The session is then down to the individual if you can progress quickly then we won’t hold you back. It’s time then to introduce the board!

LEVEL 1A

• Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting

• Know hazards on a spot

• Set up a trainer kite

• Know the use of safety systems

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

LEVEL 1C

• 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

• Learn and use the international communication signals

• Launch and land the kite to an assistant and as an assistant (4/5-line de-power kite)

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

LEVEL 1E

• 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

 

Day 2 – Bringing the Skills Together

We practice advanced kite-flying skills and the key skills of launching the kite from the water and the first body drag!

It’s then all about bringing together all the skills you’ve learned so far as you take on board and your first water starts. Show us you can pop up on the board and can fly the kite in a control motion at the same time.

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

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

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 starts

 

Day 3 – Improve your Technique

So, you can pop up! Now you’re ready to spend the whole session on the board, learning to water-start consistently and stay on the board for longer and longer.

 

Day 4 – Now you’re Kiting!

We’ll be close by watching you carefully to help you improve your technique and get the maximum benefit from these first euphoric wave rides. Now you’re really kite surfing!

Day 4 completes the work on Level 2H that was begun during Day 2 & 3.

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 starts

LEVEL 2I

• 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