Usually people around me would take all my attention but here it was only me and instructor and I could really commit to what I was doing.

LEVEL 1 - Discovery course
Discover how to master the wind power

Discover the sport and learn how to master the wind. We will introduce you to various aspects of the sport, and teach you how to hone various skills on land before performing on water all the while learning the safety rules. We will make you learn how to keep safe by showing you how to assess the wind and physical location; use the safety systems; manage proper equipment; set-up; and control the trainer kite.

LEVEL 2 - Intermediate course
Learn to harness the power of your kite in water

Get ready to get wet. It's time for your first water start. Get ready to explore the full potential of the wind power. You’ll learn to: use the kite power to body drag in all possible directions, water relaunch your kite, self rescue, recover your board; and become proficient at the MOST VALUABLE SKILL IN KITEBOARDING … riding on your own!

LEVEL 3 - Independent course
Ride independently and learn the first jump

The more you learn the most pleasure you will have. It's time to become an independent rider! Your IKO Instructor will show you how to ride upwind, toe-side, attempt your first jump, and help you focus on advanced skills like controlling your speed by edging, changing direction without stopping, self-launching and self-landing safely. As an independent rider, you’ll be able to ride on your own and rent equipment wherever you go.

IKO kitesurf kite cruise

Level 1A – Beach Selection
A1 Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
A2 Know hazards on a spot
A3 Set up a trainer kite
A4 Know the use of safety system
A5 Carry and handle the kite properly

Level 1B – Basic Piloting
B1 Have basic flying skills with trainer kite
B2 Launch and land the trainer kite with an assistant
B3 Twist and untwist the lines while flying the kite
B4 Walk and change directions while flying the kite
B5 Know the wind window

Level 1C – Control Systems
C1 Set-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
C2 Pre-flight check of equipment and settings
C3 In flight check of equipment and settings
C4 Pull quick release and activate leash
C5 Understand and use the international communication signals
C6 Launch and land the kite to an assistant and as an assistant (4/5-line de-power kite)

Level 1D – Power Control
D1 Control the kite hooked into the harness
D2 Understand the de-power system and can use the safety systems
D3 Advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
D4 Show full control of de-power systems in flight

Level 1E – Self Landing
E1 Self land
E2 Recover the bar and kite

IKO kitesurf kite cruise

Level 2F – Downwind Drag
F1 Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite
F2 Water re-launch the kite
F3 Body drag downwind
F4 Maintain correct kite position in the wind window
F5 Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
F6 Self-rescue and full pack-down in deep water

Level 2G – Upwind Drag
G1 Upwind body drag to recover board
G2 Upwind body drag holding the board with one hand
G3 Enter and exit at the same point while upwind body dragging

Level 2H – Steady Pull
H1 Know the power stroke for a water start
H2 Know the safety rules and theory for water start
H3 Can put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start

Level 2I – Waterstart
I1 Water starts in both directions and ride a short distance
I2 Come to a controlled stop
I3 Understand weather forecast, tidal- and wind effects
I4 Determine the wind strength, direction and quality
I5 Know the right of way rules
I6 Know equipment set up and choice according to the weather conditions

IKO kitesurf kite cruise

Level 3J – Edging
J1 Control the riding speed by edging
J2 Consistent riding in both directions

Level 3K – Upwind Riding
K1 Consistent riding in all directions including upwind
K2 Ride amongst other riders and water users and respect right of way rules

Level 3L – Turns
L1 Change of direction without stopping
L2 Make a toe side turn

Level 3M – Self Launch
M1 Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
M2 Self launch

Level 3N – Basic Jump
N1 Know the theory and the safety rules for jumping
N2 Land a basic jump

I was always afraid being pulled by the kite on the beach or somebody being pulled towards me and here, all of this was not an isuue anymore still being close to the catamaran, enjoying the privacy.
I didn't even wear boots as there were no danger of hitting anything under the water ass well!

The lift from the motor boat instead of walking back up wind meant everything at the time!

FAQ

What kind of kite lessons programs do you offer?
We offer standard IKO lessons of Level 1, 2 and 3.  From inside this content we can perform: “Discovery course – Level 1” which is in fact introduction course,  “Intermediate course – Level 2” where the most important lessons are obtained and finally “Independent course” which is the most rewarding of them all. People that have already had lessons and would like to build more confidence, can take hourly lessons with gear included. Tips and suggestions from our kite instructor are included in the cruise price.

How many students/participants are taking lessons at the same time?
Usually our IKO kite lessons are private which means one participant is taking lessons from one IKO instructor. In case there are two (max) students per one instructor the course duration is prolonged from 2 hours to 3 hours, from 6 hours to 9 hours and so on within the same buget.

Do I need to pre-book IKO kite lessons?
It is recommended to pre-book kite lessons when such interest exist to make sure that kite instructor and kite gear are available. Further we want to be sure instructor is not over-booked as only one (max two) people can take lessons at same time.

Where do the lessons take place? 
The lessons locations depend on the destination and kiteboarding cruise itinerary and on the lessons content as well. We would choose either the beach that is not too crowded or we would start lessons from the catamaran having motorboat with extra assistant at our disposal. In this case we are still close to the shore minimizing the risk of collisions with other kiters as well bruising or stepping-on possible underwater obstacles.

Can I use my own equipment during kite lessons?
Yes, it is possible. Also, it makes a lot of sense learning with equipment you would use in the future. When using your own equipment we discount the lessons price for 20%. Please, notify us about using your equipment at the time of arranging the lessons.  

Is it possible to buy equipment that we use at the kiteboarding course? 
Buying used equipment from your kite lessons at special price is sometimes possible, especially if you inform us about your intentions in advance. It is also possible to order NEW equipment at special price that awaits you onboard at your arrival, different brands are available.