IKO way of teaching. What you learn in our Kitesurfing Lessons

IKO way of teaching

IKO way of teaching |

What you will learn in our Kitesurfing Lessons

We use the IKO way of teaching and most of our instructors are IKO or KNWV certified. IKO stands for International Kiteboarding Organisation and is the biggest internationally recognised institute for kiteboarding. In this article we will ellaborate on what you will learn in our Kitesurfing Lessons due to the IKO way of teaching. It’s an addition to our article from last week, you may have read it, about the Principles of Kitesurfing.

To reach one of the IKO levels and get your IKO card, we have to check your skills and mark them from a provided IKO list. After a course with us it’s easy to reach one of the levels. In practice it comes down to focusing on a few points in order to reach the full level. You can read what those points are below. With the IKO card you will be able to rent gear at every kite school that’s connected with IKO.

There are 3 levels:

Kiteboarder Level 1

on land (2-4 hours)

Level 1A
Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
Know hazards on a spot
Set up a trainer kite
Know the use of safety systems

Level 1B
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

Level 1C
Set-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
Pre-flight check of equipment and settings
In flight check of 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)

Level 1D
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

Level 1E
Pull quick release and activate leash
Recover the bar and kite
Self land

Kiteboarder Level 2

in the water (6-8 hours)

Level 2F
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

Level 2G
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

Level 2H
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

Level 2I
Water starts 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

Kiteboarder Level 3

Level 3J
ontrol the riding speed by edging

Consistent riding in both directions

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

Level 3L
Change of direction without stopping
Self- rescue and full pack-down in the water

Level 3M
Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
Self launch

Level 3N
Make a toe side turn
Knows the theory and the safety rules for jumping.
Land a basic jump 

What else is possible

Beside the Kitesurfing Lessons for Beginners, we also offer Intermediate Kitesurfing Lessons so you can aim for better riding. Refreshing Lessons where we do a quick recap on all the safety procedures and good riding. Or book a Private Lesson so you have 100% focus on you.

Are you stoked and want to learn how to ride? Then book your Kitesurfing Lessons now via the link below! 

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