An introductory course to kitesurfing must be taught by a qualified instructor. If you do well and have some skill, you will advance very quickly in terms of safety and technique, as well as in both your safety and that of those who are around you.
Kiteboarding can be dangerous, especially at the beginning. Many problems and dangers may arise during learning, but all of these inconveniences will be minimized with the help of your monitor. That’s why it’s so important to choose a school with experience and skill.
Learning to kitesurf can be a pain if you do it on your own, so with an appropriate school it will be easier than you think.
What should you keep in mind when choosing your kitesurfing school? It requires monitors to be qualified and have experience. Make sure you know about the hours, the material and the people who will accompany you in the course.
What kinds of courses will you usually find?
Basic kitesurfing course
The name says it all. This is a basic course of kitesurfing and it will be useful for you to safely experience the sensations of the sport. Usually it lasts two to four hours and it will be worth it to know if kiteboarding is really your sport.
Kitesurf course for beginners
The basic kite course usually lasts a couple of days and has a duration of three to four hours.
The first day will begin with a very important section about theoretical security and the famous explanation about the wind window. If all goes well, this day you will start the practical part, first in the sand, learning to handle the kite in the different areas of the wind window, elevating the kite safely up and down, learning safety mechanisms in case of problems, and the most exciting part, starting to feel the pull of the kite.
The second day is usually spent in the water, and it will start with the body drag, which is all about controlling the kite and moving in the water without the board. This will be useful for you to acquire an adequate posture and to be able to recover the board in case it starts drifting away.
This course is quite good and if you have done the basic courses before, you surely will have been left wanting more. Waterstart, and navigation, at best. Some schools use helmets with radio communication systems so that the teacher can tell you, from the shore, your mistakes, so you will be able to improve faster. This is not essential by any means.
This is the most expensive option but you'll have a monitor available just for you, so you’ll have more confidence speed while learning. There are many advantages because by being alone with the material and your monitor, you’ll be in the water the whole time.
The courses usually take place any day of the week, so if you can not do it on a weekend, you will find less people and more tranquility. Just make sure to look for official and certified schools.
Some basic tips to begin practicing kitesurfing
If you are just getting started with kitesurfing, we recommend reading these tips to start practicing this wonderful sport.
1. Start with the right foot by finding a school and taking a kitesurf course with certified and professional monitors. A bad start in this sport may end in a serious accident and you abandoning it. Do not start on your own if you lack experience in kite surfing.
2. Ask about the materials and buy one that suits your needs. Make sure the material is in good condition and especially check that the safety mechanisms work perfectly. It would be nice, if you're starting out, if someone experienced that you trust tried the material for you.
3. Sail when the conditions are good for you, otherwise don’t hesitate and do not sail that day. Find out about the prevailing conditions in the area and the wind ranges that are suitable for your weight and material. You should have learned all of this in the introductory course.
4. Do not practice kitesurfing if the conditions are gusty or, if there are possibilities of storm, don’t navigate in beaches with nearby obstacles, never if there are high-voltage lines or airports near you. Never navigate in areas with many bathers.
5. Find out and respect the possible restrictions for kitesurfing in each area. Always follow the rules.
6. Never sail alone, since any small problem can turn into a great one.
And the most important point: Enjoy!