The IKO Kiteboarding programs are designed to help you learn in a safe way. IKO instructors will respect your rythm and take you through all the steps to reach your goals. If you choose to have your skill level certified, your IKO Kiteboarder Card will be signed off at the end of your lesson, or you can move on to the next level of riding!
Kiteboarder Level 1
This covers all the basic land-based kite skills you require (2 -4 hours)
- Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
Know hazards on a spot
Set up a trainer kite
Know the use of safety systems
- 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 equipment and settings
In flight check 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
Kiteboarder Level 2
This covers all the water-based skills you will require to safely get up and riding in both directions (6 - 8 hours).
- 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.
- 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.
Can put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start.
- Water start 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.