1. You can learn basic concepts from a Magazine or DVD but nothing can replace the value of having an Instructor standing over your shoulder giving you feedback and advice while in a live kite flying situation.
2.Qualified kiteboarding Instructors have the training and knowledge on how to teach in a safe and fun environment.
3. Instructors will have the appropriate size kites for the wind conditions.
4. Instructors will only let you fly a big kite once you have passed certain aspects on the training kite and are in full control.
5. Instructors have the knowledge and skill to analyse your mistakes and correct them immediately to aid your progression.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN IKO RECOGNISED SCHOOL
1. You should receive your IKO kiteboarder card after your lesson
2. Your instructor should be helpful and informative.
3. You should not be in a group bigger than 2 people IKO level 1 Instructors, or 4 people if your Instructor is IKO level 2
4. All the relevant safety gear should be provided.
5. Helmets should be worn at all times
6. Buoyancy Aids/Life Jackets should be supplied
7. Self rescue techniques should always be taught and demonstrated
8. International communication signals should be taught
9. Wetsuits should be provided ( if the water is cold)
What Makes Best Kite School distinguishable from other kite schools?
In previous years we had, like other schools, a 2 hour course, where you were straight away put together with another pupil with one kite only ( this is actually still happening at other schools without telling the pupil beforehand ). After years of experience and discussions with many previous clients we adjusted our course program and now offer a 6 hour basic programme.
Problem with 2 hour beginners programs: First you are put in a little group of 2 or more people with only one kite! Because they do not know beforehand how much ability or experience somebody has, you often have to wait for the other person ( or vice versa ) because you, a couple or threesome,share one kite between you. This can not be helped because the time is too short to let the pupils train with the correct materials. So as not to loose out on safety, one then teaches with a smaller kite which a weaker person can handle.
This means that the more experienced student can not be taught to handle a correct size kite and most exercises, like start in water, become much more difficult with a kite which is too small !It therefore becomes for the person both more dangerous, because you do not know the force of the larger kite and more difficult because the small kite is then too small to learn to kite properly!
We at Best Kite School guarantee that every student will have their own kite and be allowed to progress at their own pace.
FAQ - "The only stupid questions are the questions not asked"
How much does it cost to start kiteboarding?
A full set of gear (board, kite, bar, lines and harness) will run you anywhere from R19500 to R16000 depending on what you decide to buy. Many manufacturers offer entry-level packages that are very reasonable.
Is kiteboarding easy?
Yes and no, with good instruction most people enjoy an incredibly fast learning curve. Without instruction, trying to learn kiteboarding can be frustrating and dangerous.
Do I need to be in good shape to kiteboard?
A basic level of fitness is all you usually need. Modern gear can be adjusted to work for people with a broad range of physical ability. Minimum requirement is being able to swim at least 50 metres.
Why can't I just learn from a video or a magazine?
You can learn a lot from videos and magazines, but there is no substitute for having an instructor provide feedback, share local knowledge, maximise safety and customise instruction to your individual needs, not to mention most of them are really cool guys!
Why can't I just learn from my friend?
A friend is a good starting point, but he likely won't have the beginner friendly gear nor the patience and experience to give you the most effective lesson.
Do I need any skills before I take a lesson?
All you need is to be comfortable in the water and ready to learn. Many people learn kiteboarding despite limited board-sport experience. If you have ever flown a kite of any description , it will be a help, but no kite skills are necessary as we start from the basics and build on that.
Why do lessons focus on flying the kite?
Flying the kite well is at least 90 percent of kiteboarding. Trying to ride a board without having good kite skills is like trying to wakeboard behind a boat that is swerving and changing speeds. It can be dangerous, and it is not much fun.
What equipment would I need to kiteboard?
You'll need a kite, bar and lines, board, harness, wetsuit and an open mind.In addition, there is a variety of optional accessories to customise your equipment. Buoyancy Aids and Helmets are highly recommended.