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Level 1- Ground School: Takes 2-3 hours of flying the kite, getting to know the gear, reviewing safety and then, when you are ready, we get in the water. The goal of this level is to understand wind theory, the wind window, and how to launch and land the kite independently.  

As an IKO certified kiteboarding instructor, I can assure you the most professional kiteboarding training with the local knowledge and top-of-the-line equipment to get you up and riding.  

This IKO standard checklist will show you the skill levels you will need to accomplish in Level 1 

Level 1


 IKO Requirements



  • Identify safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
  • Determine the wind direction, up and downwind (windward, leeward).
  • Setting up a trainer kite
  • Knowing how to use the safety systems
  • Carry and handle the kite properly
  • Learning basic flying skills with trainer kite
  • Launching and landing the trainer kite with an assistant
  • Twisting and untwisting the lines while flying the kite
  • Walking and changing directions while flying the kite
  • Identifying and using the wind window
  • Setting-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
  • Pre-flight checking of equipment and settings
  • In-flight checking of equipment and settings
  • Pull quick release and activating the kite leash
  • Understanding and using the international communication signals
  • Launching and landing the kite to an assistant and as an assistant - 4/5-line de-power kite
  • Controlling the kite hooked into the harness (using two and one hand)
  • Understanding the de-power system and the use of the safety systems.
  • Learning advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
  • Showing full control of de-power systems in flight
  • Self-landing
  • Recovering the bar and kite