Kiteboard Lesson Information
Kiteboarding Lessons are currently available at 2 locations in the UK.
1. East Anglia Region utlilising beaches in Suffolk and Norfolk. Mainly Lowestoft, Kessingland, Hunstanton.
2. South East Coast Region .
You can purchase your kite lesson booking voucher online, then email us your schedule and when you would like the kite lessons to take place. Prices do vary from region to region. The Kite lessons on the south coast are more expensive, alot of this is to due with the beach location, the kite school costing and demand and supply.
Once you have booked our Senior kiteboarding Instructor Sarge will contact you and then put in place the schedule.
You can call him directly for information before you book if you wish on 07951 169871
General Advice: Try learning before your kite lesson, some basic kite flying skills with a Trainer kite 3.0m. This will greatly improve your experience on the kite lessons and allow you to progress much quicker. Along with watching DVDs and reading books like the Kite Surfing Guide all these will ultimately improve your kite skills. It's not essential as we will train you to do this, but it the long term you are saving yourself time and money by understanding some of the basic skills beforehand.
Please remember all Kite Lessons are weather permitting and can be cancelled at short notice, you will be rescheduled for a day with the correct weather and winds. You will be required to contact the instructor directly 7 days before your kite lesson and 24 hours before kite lesson take places at 21:00 hours (9pm) the evening before to check the last minute weather forecast and the location of the beach that your lessons will take place at.
Please note we can not a give a cash refund on lesson vouchers and gift voucher. They can however be exchanged for goods. Gift and lesson vouchers only valid for one year from purchase date. Please keep your receipts for proof of purchase.
Course Description - 1st day
*Carry and set up the lines and kite
*Determine the wind direction and upwind and downwind (windward, leeward).
*Pilot a small kite (inflatable, stunt kite, foil
) on the wind window edge and maintain it close to the ground.
*Know how to stop the kite power in case of problem by releasing the bar. Be aware that the kite leash must be worn at all times, before kite launching and until landing.
*Be aware of the area where the kite can fall down wind to the pilot.
*Recover the kite on land.
*Position the kite on request from 9 to 3 oclock on the wind window edge.
*Launch a kite with an assistant and choose the right angle to the wind.
*Pilot the kite in the power area without crashing it.
*Twist and untwist the lines while the kite flies.
*Recover a kite and secure it on land.
*Land a kite with the help of an assistant.
*Pilot a kite hooked to the harness.
*Pilot hooked to the harness with one hand.
*Activate the harness release system or quick release located on a leader line.
*Perform a downwind course by body dragging and using the power of the kite.
*Relaunch a kite from the water.
*Wind the lines in the water and recover the kite.
*Perform a self-rescue in deep water.
*Launch a kite alone on land.
*Identify potential wind obstacles creating lift or down draft and be able to define the wind direction. Understand that practice with onshore wind is dangerous.
With a one day course you will also get the chance to kiteboard for the first time, Using a directional or twin tip you will take your first water starts and hopefully your first ride. At the end of the course you will be a Kiteboarder level 1
Course Description - 2nd day
By the end of the intermediate program, you will get up on the board for your first ride. During the course, you will improve kite piloting with power, one hand kite piloting, body dragging unhooked and hooked in to your harness. Perfect for those who wish to practice a few times per year and rent equipment during holidays.
Entry level for level 2 - Kiteboarder level 1 or equivalent skill level.
*Define if the practice area is safe for practice.
*Set up and check the equipment alone (kite, line, and control bar).
*Go away from the shore (with side-shore and side-on-shore wind) while body dragging, go down wind and come back to the shore.
*In the water, pilot a kite with power from one side of the wind window to the other, passing by the power area. The pilot must be able to perform while piloting the kite at different heights from the water.
*Perform the previously mentioned exercise while piloting with one hand.
*Know the water start theory: board and body positioning, kite piloting.
*Recover the board in deep water and position the feet in the foot-straps and keep the position while piloting the kite.
*Stand up on the board and ride while moving the kite up and down.
*Tie the board leash alone.
*Set up a 4 line kite alone and check that it is properly done. Obligatory at this point if it hasnt been done before.
*Pilot a 4 line kite.
*Activate the safety systems of a 4 line bar (power loop, leash).
*Adjust a four line kite while using the power loop.
*Adjust the trim system of a 4 line kite to avoid it to fly backward or to adjust the power.
At the end of this course you will be a Kiteboarder level 2
Course Description - 3rd day
You will be able to ride upwind and do your first jump! During this program, you will learn how to manage your practice area and to choose your equipment. Your kite flying skills will be improved and you will learn how to control your direction and power, and come back to your starting point. You will be able to fly more powerful kites. You will be use a twin tip, mutant or a smaller directional board.
In general some due achieve the above, generally though up and riding is the average, students that have achieved high levels of kiteboarding after three days have had general knowledge of other water sports and board sports. And most have been very good at those other board sports I.E. Windsurfers who have good knowledge of wind waves and edging board skills.
Entry level - Kiteboarder level 2 or equivalent skill level.
* Get your level certified up to level 3 with the Kiteboarder card
* Become an independent kiteboarder.
* Buy your own equipment
* Access to the advanced clinic program
* Become an assistant instructor.
*Know the right of way rules.
*Ride away from the shore and come back to the shore.
*Edge on the heel and toe side to change the course.
*Accelerate by edging down and moving the kite.
*Stop by edging.
*Be able to keep an edge.
*Ride away from the shore and come back at starting point. Ride upwind.
*Constantly ride upwind.
*Recover the board without the leash, by body dragging upwind.
*Ride a twin tip. Optional if it has been done before.
*Switch of direction.
*Know the theoretical approach to jumps.
*Perform a small jump and land it.
*Be the end of this course you will be a Kiteboarder level 3
After the above courses you will be supplied with an IKO Kiteboarder card showing your level of achievement. Kiteboarder cards. Outline in detail Levels 1, 2 and 3.
Not everybody gets to Level 3 even they have applied for a 3 day course. The courses are extremely weather dependant. However by the end of the 3 day course. You will know in theory as much as myself the instructor. Knowledge which has been accumulated of a period of years mainly through experience, can be past on in a matter of days. This knowledge includes all safety aspects, equipment and weather related. Local conditions for the east coast, with our particular weather patterns and also info that applies to all locations in general. Actual kiteboarding skills will simply become a matter of practice. You will then have the rest of the Spring/Summer season to fine tune your skills to the specific boards and kites that you choose to ride. Hopefully by next autumn you will be an independent confident kiteboarder allowing you to kiteboard throughout the winter season as we do each year.
Kiteboarder level 3 is a great achievement, the learning curve is fast and steep. Even if you fall short on a few points you have done extremely well. From this position we have a further service for all our customers and students the KiteboardingUK club days are designed for beginners and intermediates to hone the skills they have learnt on the courses, practice and practice within this safe environment and with the advice of fellow kiters and our instructors you will soon be a totally independant kiteboarder.
Membership to KiteboardingUK "The club" is free. And the jet ski is always on hand on sunday club days at Kessingland to help you through the odd water relaunch problem. Again Free service, take advantage of it. If we did any more for you, we would be doing the kiteboarding for you. Take it easy and good luck!