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Beginner Lessons

Beginner Lessons

KITE415 has identified a series of skills that need to be mastered in order to learn in the fastest and safest way possible.

Land Lesson Course
  1. Theory - The big picture. Understanding the goals, the process, and the lingo needed to communicate. Learn to choose a location, evaluate wind direction, and understand the wind clock.
  2. Setting up the Equipment - How to handle the kite and lines from set-up to launch. Learn the difference between bow kites, c-kites, and 5-line kites.
  3. Pre-Flight Check - All the tips you will need to never forget to check everything before launch.
  1. Assisted Launches - Learn to launch and land with an assistant and the role of both the pilot and the assistant.
  2. Kite Control - Proper methods of using the control bar and steering the kite, including adjusting the power and de-power of the kite.
  3. Power Intake - Complete understanding of the wind window. Once kite control is established you will learn exact kite placement to either create power by flying the kite into the power zone, or reduce power by flying the kite to the edge of the window.
  1. Use of all safety systems, including quick releases.
  2. Dry water starts - Performing simulated water starts on land under-powered to see the steps and build muscle memory.

You are now ready for your First Water Lesson!
Water Lesson Course
  1. During the course, you will improve kite piloting with power,
  2. One handed kite piloting, body dragging hooked in to your harness
  3. Body dragging hooked in to your harness going upwind
  4. Body dragging hooked in to your harness, holding
    the board, getting used flying the kite and controlling the board at the same time
  1. Self rescue
  2. Getting up on the board and riding away
  3. Perfecting your water relaunching techniques
  4. Right of way rules.



We recommend the Fast-Track 415 Course to people who never had a lesson or learned a long time ago.

Achievements:
The course will provide the skill set needed to become a safe independent, kiteboarder while avoiding the frustration typical in early stages of learning
Fast-Track 415 course can be divided over 2 or 3 days. At your preference, the Land Lesson and the first Water Lesson can be scheduled back to back in the same day (schedule permitting).

Suggested schedule:
Day 1: complete Land Lesson (skills 1 to 8).
Day 2: first Water Lesson (skills 9 to 13).
Day 3: second Water Lesson (skills 14 to 16)
Fast learners can attempt getting up on the board during the first Water Lesson.

FastTrack 415

On completion you will be able to
  • Piloting and safety
  • Boddy dragging upwind
  • Ridding the board
Duration 6 hr
Price 499 $
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We recommend the Intro 415 Course to people who need a refreshing course or would just like to try and get a glimpse of kiteboarding.

Achievements:
The course will provide a complete Land Lesson (skills 1 to 8) and a foundational
Water Lesson (skills 9 to 13).
Fast learners can attempt getting up on the board during this Water Lesson.

Intro 415

On completion you will be able to
  • know wind theory
  • pilot kite
  • body dragging
Duration 3.5 hr
Price 299 $
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