Kitesurfing Courses and Tuition
Day One (Level 1) is all about getting to know the equipment and learning how to fly a kite, you will also learn about important safety procedures and you should finish the day body-dragging which is huge fun but expect to get a mouth full of water!
Day Two (Level 2) is all about refining the skills learnt on day one and preparing for board starts. In the latter part of the day you will get the opportunity to have a go at your first board start.
Day Three (Level 2, Continued) first boards starts aiming towards your first run and giving you the confidence to practice independently.
The course will last four to six hours per day. The start times may vary due to tide times, wind conditions and number of students on course.
If you would prefer Private Tuition this works on a 1:1 basis, and could be tailored to suit your needs.
What to Bring / Equipment
All equipment will be supplied – this includes kite, board, wetsuit, harness and helmet. You will need to bring a change of dry clothes, swimwear, towel, snacks, water to drink, suncream (and a flask of hot drink, in the cooler months). If you have your own kit and want to use it please contact us prior to booking.
Group Size / Spectators
Group sizes vary but will usually be 1 – 4 students per instructor. Spectators are welcome but please listen to advice given on the day as to where the safest place to stand and watch is.
Kitesurfing is a weather dependent sport. Basically you need wind! Depending on the location you may also need wind in a particular direction. The tides also play a part with many locations not being able to teach at high tides. Please make sure you call us the day before the course to check that your lesson is going ahead.
Most of the kitesurfing lessons are delivered from March – November. Limited courses can be run all year round but bear in mind that the air and water temperature in the months of December, January and February can get a little chilly! Courses take place most weekends and during the week.
The minimum age is 17 years unless accompanied by a parent/guardian on the same course you must be comfortable in the water.
If you have a particular medical condition that you think may affect your ability to do the course, please check with us when booking.
Our courses follow the approved IKO / BKSA Training scheme and are broken down over three days. The aim is to equip the student with the skills to become a safe independent kite surfer ready to take to the water and enjoy
All equipment is provided by ECK from the wetsuit, safety equipment and a full range of kites to suit the prevailing conditions.
Day 1 – The fundamentals
- Site assessment and underpinning knowledge
- Set up and pre flight checks
- Safety systems/hand signals
- Basic piloting skills/Wind window
- Intro to LEI’s
- Ground handling
- Set up and Safety systems
- Launching and landing
- Figure of eights
- Sine wave
- Harness skill
- Body surfingDown wind
- Cross wind
- Water relaunch
- Shallow water self rescues and pack down drills
- Theory…Weather /tides
Day 2 – Intermediate Kiteboarder
- Body surfing
- Up wind
- Pre board position
- Power stroke
- Water start theory
- Introducing the board
- First Board starts
- Coming up and riding
- Edging and riding upwind
- Changing direction
- Prolonged rides
- Self launching and Landing
- Riding with Others
- Rules of the road
The 3 day course will give you a solid introduction to the sport and allow you practice safely with others. if you have a grounding in board sports or kite sports you may achieve IKO Level 2 certification which means when you are issued with your kiteboarder card it will enable you to kitesurf and hire kiteboarding equipment all over the world – however we do recommend the three day course if you want to give yourself the best chance of achieving this standard. Whatever your goals, this is a great 3 days where you will learn loads and have plenty of fun!