IKO Kiteboarding School

IKO kiteboarding school Progression

school and lessons steps to kiteboarding

Tailored lessons:  With a frame of IKO Progression Kite surfing / kite boarding lessons are tailored to the guests needs and skills. Kiteboarding lessons that fits a guests needs is how we do it! No one is held back or left behind. The fundamentals in kitesurfing / kiteboarding are to have fun and get home safe.

The following tables are a detailed explanation of the different skill levels to achieve. Check your level according to the International Kiteboarding Organization certification standards:

– validate your levels, from your first body drag to your first jump,
– allow instructors to know exactly what you have learnt and from what point to take up your training.

Level 1


  • 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 o’clock 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. ( in water)
  • 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.
Level 2
  • Define if the practice area is safe for practice.
  • Set up and check the equipment alone (kite, line, 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 hasn’t 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.
Level 3
  • 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.

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Learn Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing

Beginners…  How-to get started fast! IKO Progression 4 Steps

Not sure how you located this site…
but the important thing is… You’re here!   Welcome!You will soon agree…, by far, is the best website available to help you get started right.
If you have any doubts…
visit our “Comments and Testimonials” page and then return here.The steps to getting started are mostly same for all of the various Kite Sports

  • Kite-boarding  / Kite-surfing
  • Snow-Kiting
  • Wave-Kiting
  • Kite-Landboarding
  • Kite-Skimming
  • Kite-Buggying
  • Kite-Skating

Step #1 IKO Progression Get a “Trainer Kite” and master your basic kiting skills.

This step is very important and the reason why we listed it first!

Trainer kites are small (2.5m to 3.5m) and designed to be flown on the
Beach, in a field, or any a wide open area.

Your first goal is to master the kiting basics. (No board, only the trainer kite).
In the beginning…  it’s ALL about the kite.

It’s easy to learn.  Just read the included manual,  watch a good instructional
dvd, and practice the exercises on our page.

Later, visit our Trainer kites page. Learn all about various models and choose
one which best fits YOUR needs and budget.

If you get confused about anything…
which one to get, how to use it,, what to practice, or just have some questions,
We’re here and always happy to help!
Just Ask!

Step # 2 IKO Progression Learn “Board Skills” (or sharpen the skills you already have) 

Wakeboarding, Surfing, Snowboarding, or Skateboarding, are all good for board skills.  However, wakeboarding*  skills cross over directly to KiteBoarding.  If you can, Learn to ride a Wakeboard behind a Boat, WaveRunner, or at a Cable Park.

If you live in snow country with a goal of learning kiteboarding (on the water) you’ll want to spend more time on a Snowboard rather than skis.

If its too cold or water isn’t your thing,  hop on a skateboard or mountainboard
(ATB / All-terrain board) to learn or tune-up your board skills.

Practicing “Board Sports” of any kind is strongly recommended.  Doing so allows you to focus only the board technique without having to think about the kite.

Windsurfing or sailing skills are helpful because Kite-Sports rely on the wind and require some basic sailing knowledge including: Sheeting/Trimming, wind-orientation, Lift, drag, apparent-wind, Points of sail, and angle of attack.
Windsurfing does not teach you the same board skills (edge control) the you learn with Snow-, Wake-, or Skate- , Boarding.

Step # 3 IKO Progression Take a Lesson

Kiteboarding, just like Paragliding, Sky-diving, and Scuba-diving can all be reasonably safe sports and easy to learn,  IF… you get proper instruction
and “think” before you go.On the other hand…
trying to “figure it out on your own”, using a large powerful kite, can be fatal 
to you, your gear, and even to our beach access!Are Lessons really necessary?Q: Any idea of what happens if you go Scuba Diving and don’t blow bubbles while you’re headed back up to the surface?
A: You lungs explode and exit through your ears.Q: What about the consequence of pointing a hang-gliders nose a too high?
A: The Glider stalls, and then you fall from the sky like a rock.Q: How about if you steer your kite too quickly across the sky?
A: In this case, if you’re not prepared for the surge, you’d better hope there are no hard objects downwind of you as you get yanked and spanked by the full power of the kite.IF you live on a COMPLETELY deserted beach and YOU choose to risk YOUR own LIFE, that’s OK!  it’s your business
Just Never put other people, or our beach access, at risk.Not yet convinced?
We have a complete page on lessons learned the hard way.

Step # 4 IKO Progression Get hooked-up with the best gear for your needs

During your lesson.. use the gear owned by the Instructor or School.
Doing so will greatly help your understanding of the various gear and make it much easier to select the correct type and size kite when it’s time to buy.Find someone that specializes in Kiteboarding and buy gear that’s right for YOU.   We see too many beginners buying inappropriate gear that they initially “thought was a good deal” and later learned that it was not an appropriate design, size, or price for their needs.KiteMare was created by kite instructors to educate visitors like yourself to help you get started right. It seems that the goal of most sites is only to zap your credit card.Our goal is to educate you firstand then assist you with buying only the gear you need.  When you’re ready ..  we have it:  Kites, Bars, lines, boards, Harnesses,
It’s ALL here but first things first.  “Learn safeOne step at a time.
If you’re as smart as I think you are…
Obviously you are Very Very smart since you’re still here and reading this page. : )
You’ll probably want to do a bit of homework and learn as much as you can.This site is loaded with valuable detailed kiteboarding information and we hope you’ll take a bit of time and continue to explore and learn.

In Summary

Step 1. Get a trainer-kite and practice
Step 2. Learn or tune up your “Board skills”.
Step 3. Take a Lesson
Step 4.  Buy the right gear for your needs. (Kite, Bar w/ lines, leash, Harness, Board)

Foil-Board FAQ’s Q:

Is Foilboarding harder than wakeboarding? A: No, in fact is even easier because it takes less pull and less speed to foilboard. Q: How do you start out? A: Just like a deepwater start on a wakeboard or waterski, you start with the foilboard on in the water. Q: How fast do you have to go? A: With an average sized person (175lbs) it will only take about 15mph before the foil begins to “fly”. More experienced riders of the same size may want to ride faster, up to 20mph. Q: Can you foilboard behind a PWC? A: Yes, absolutely! While the pull up on a Foilboard is about the same as a wakeboard, once you’re up there is significantly less resistance on a Foilboard because the foil flies the board & rider above the surface of the water. Q: Why do you use snowboarding boots & bindings? A: For safety reasons, it is very important that you not become disconnected from the board during a crash. As long as you are connected to the top side of the board, the bottom side (with the foil) can’t ever hit you! Q: What happens when you fall? A: The Foilboard has a neutral buoyancy, and it is self righting. When you fall the Foilboard will immediately return you to the normal starting position with head & shoulders above water lessons school iko

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