Looking for a kitesurfschool or you own a kite school? Here is the info for all kitesurfers.
We from Kitestars Recommend everyone to take kite surfing lessons before trying kite surfing on your own. Kitesurfing can be dangerous and you can harm yourself, others or the surroundings.
Kite surfing lessons
Are you looking to start kitesurfing? Fantastic and welcome to the club! We always recommend to take kite surfing lessons to get you going, even if you already have some kiting or windsurfing experiences.
The different kite surfing lessons
Most kitesurf schools offer different kite surf lessons but witch one is the best to pick?
This is your personal preference. Most kite schools offer private lessons and group lessons. Where the private lessons cost a bit more but you have personal attention and full control over the kite and the lesson.
Where the group lessons are in a group of 2-4 people where you share a kite instructor and a kite. The bennefit of the groups lessons is that they are a bit cheaper and you have time to process whats going good and whats going wrong. Especially when you are a visual learner you can also learn for the other people in the group.
How long does it take to learn to Kitesurf?
Is roughly takes 8 till 15 hours of kitesurfing lessons to learn the theory and the technique. It takes on other 35+ hours to really get a hang of it and feel comfortably able to start, ride and land your kite on your own.
This is an average and depends on a couple of factors.
- Weather conditions
- Consecutive training hours
Check out more on: How long does it takes to learn to kite surf?
Types of kite surf schools
Kite surfing is booming, it is one of the fasted growing sport worldwide, and we all know why!
All the new kite surfers need to learn how to kite surf. This can be done at the kite schools. There a different kitesurfschools out there, some have a set location with different facilities like dressing rooms, showers and so on. There are also kite schools working from vans and only facilitate in the actual kite surfing gear you need for the kite lessons.
What to look for in a kite school?
Depending in your preferences about location and facilitates there are a few think to keep in mind while selecting the kite school you want to attend.
The mean point to look for is the quality of the kite school, this can be done by reviews but there are also kite surf license. These licenses are available for the schools, instructors and also for the students.
This Kite surf license is like a drivers license that can determent if you have a certain kite surf level or not. this kite license also gives you most of the times the opportunity to rent kite surf equipment worldwide
There are different organisations that are recognized world wide and can can get a kite school certified:
- Local organisations
International Kiteboarding Organization – IKO
Is the only organisation that is dedicated to kite surfing. They offer courses for kite instructors and for kite school. This way a surfschool or an instructor can be Certified to give High quality kite lessons. more about IKO on: www.ikointl.com
This is the German water sports association and focus on all water sports such as windsurfing, SUP and kite surfing. They offer the almost the same opportunities as IKO. More on: www.vdws.de
IKO and VWDS are the biggest organisations and known world wide. Beside from that there are also local organisations that offers kite surfing certifications.