Course duration – 5 hours + tuition time (total course time ≈ 6 hours +)
Cost – £99 / £109 (w/e) – everything included + post course handout pack + BKSA / IKO Certificate
Kitesurfing is a combination of kite flying skills and board management. Firstly learning to manage the kites is the most important issue, this is covered within the 1 day course while being safe, practical and great fun. It’s a fantastic introduction to the sport.
1 Day Course
* Introductions with site assessment
* Fundamentals of kitesurfing – wind, water conditions & equipment
* Beach Power kite / trainer kite flying
* Static flying exercises
* LEI* (water kite) assembly
* Safe kite launch / land techniques + pre flight checks
* Flying of LEI’s with harnesses
* Controlled Body dragging – the extremely fun part!
* Emergency pack down / Self rescue techniques
* query and hand outs
*Leading Edge Inflatable’ – these are the kites we tend to use for kitesurfing when in the water
Kitesurfing can be a dangerous sport if not learnt and instructed properly. For this reason we take the first part (around twenty minutes) of the lesson covering the basics of kitesurfing in the classroom and on the beach so you absolutely understand the sport and have a safe and really pleasurable kitesurfing lesson.
With the essentials covered, onto the fun bit – kite flying!
Power Kiting: After quickly setting up some power / training kites, we provides a short demonstration and explanation, then enable you to fly them under our instruction. beginning with little kites so you’ll be able to understand how to fly them without the concern of being out of control. The session covers flying techniques which will be used throughout the entire course. All of the kites we use have certified safety systems that instantly stop the power of the kite onceactivated.
Equipment set up: We proceed after a brief rest during the assembly of the water kites (LEIs) together withdemonstrations, individual practice and tuning recommendations.
Before going into the water it’s vital to know how to launch and land the LEI kites safely and activating the safetysystems. A demonstration of controlled launching and landing can provides the chance to understand the skill and application throughout the course will assist you to learn.
Into wetsuits: Before entering into the water, we kit you out with wetsuits, harnesses, buoyancy aids and helmets, all of which is included within the lesson price. In our onsite changing rooms you may get changed out of the elements.
Body Dragging in the water – everyone can get a chance to fly the kite in waist deep water before going further. Once it’s become slightly more natural to fly, we can move onto body dragging that is amazing fun!
Body dragging consists of using the kite to drag you through the water in numerous directions. There’ll be a maximumof four students per teacher and typically you’ll be operating with one kite between 2.
Self Rescue – Towards the end of the lesson a demonstration of an ’emergency packdown’ will show the way to self rescue in difficult times. We run through example scenarios explaining techiques to get back to land safely or be picked up by the rescue services. Being an important part of the course, individual practices will follow.
This is simply the start however we highly recommend taking more lessons on the 2 or 3 day course to finish the body dragging exercises, become more experienced with the kite and move onto the board. Although the 1 day course covers lots of knowledge and is a really fun, adventurous experience, you’ll not go over enough to learn the sport and continue on your own. Our one day course is longer in length than most schools however there’s lots to fit in and we can’t honestly see how it can be taught safely in full within shorter amount of time.
What you need to bring with you: sensible durable pair of shoes, towel, bathing costume, suncream, sunglasses, and warm clothes / jacket as it’s nearly always windy and may be cool.