IKO Level 1
First 5-6 hrs: This course is designed for the beginner and is the first step toward learning how to kiteboard
Students discover the sport and safety rules while practicing various skills on land before performing on water. You will learn to assess the wind and physical location; use the safety systems; manage proper equipment; set-up; and to control the training kite. This program thoroughly introduces kiteboarding as a sport progressing and preparing you for the next level where you will transfer your skills from land to practice on water in the safest way possible. All graduates of this course become a certified Kiteboarder Level 1 and receive an IKO Member Card.
Prerequisites: Anyone meeting local age and health requirements can start at this level.
IKO Level 2
Second 5-6 hrs: Water Starting: Harness the Power of the Kite as You Fly!
Its time to get wet and feel the power of the wind gliding you over water. This Intermediate Level course is designed to transfer the skills you practiced on land to the water.
Students will feel for the first time the powerful vibrations of the wind from their kite and will learn to harness it. Students learn to gain power and drag with control both down and upwind, acquiring the skillsets that lay the foundation for a safe ride on the water. Students will become proficient at the MOST VALUABLE SKILL IN KITEBOARDING - how to come to a controlled stop! Water starting on their boards, students will change directions and recover their boards. Graduates will be able to rent equipment, practice under supervision and be certified as a Kiteboarder Level 2 with an IKO Member Card. Students can then progress on to the next course to learn to ride independently and do a few tricks like the first jump!
Prerequisites : Kiteboarder Level 1 certificate or an equivalent and ability to swim.
IKO Level 3
IKO Level 3: Realising Your Dreams of Kiteboarding Independently
After Level 1 + 2 you are considered an independent rider and you have 3 different alternatives:
a) To go out and practice alone/rent out equipment
b) Go out with the supervision of one of our IKO instructors
c) To continue lessons throughout LEVEL 3
By now, students are ready to get rocking! Kiteboarding dreams are now realized. The hard work pays off. Students practice riding toe-side, attempting first jumps, and learning to focus on advanced skills like controlling speeds by edging, changing direction without stopping, self-rescuing, self-launching and landing safely. These skills are honed to make the kiter independent on the water. Independent kiters can explore the world’s different locations, water surfaces and wind strengths! Upon completion of the course, students are certified an IKO Kiteboarder Level 3 with an IKO Member Card and can purchase equipment. At this level, the kiter becomes eligible to start a professional kiteboarding career as an Assistant Instructor.
Prerequisites: Kiteboarder Level 2 certificate or an equivalent.