Kite Control is the most important factor that determines your skill level and what you’re able to achieve in any kite discipline. The table below shows what you should be able to achieve depending on your skill level and the range of practice hours it may take to reach those levels. For some, kite control is a difficult skill that may take years and many thousand hours to master while others can reach similar skill levels in only a few hundred hours.
Many students finish their lessons without being competent going out on their own, which is not surprising, as many schools deliver a product that is much closer to a kitesurfing experience rather than a good lesson. This post should give you all the tools you need to self-assess the quality of your training so you can see what you've missed during your lessons.
Following a spate of newbies losing their boards, failing to relaunch and swimming long distances to rescue themselves at my local spot, I thought I’d offer some advice for newbies venturing out in deep-waters.
1-Assess the wind strength before going out: As a newbie, the conditions you need to safely enjoy a session in deep water are limited. You will need stronger winds than in shallow water to be able to easily ride your board, relaunch your kite and recover your board.
What I’ve learned from my years of kite instructing
Off-season is a great time for instructors to reflect and search for ways to improve the way we deliver our product. Over the years I’ve spent countless hours training kiteboarding and snowboarding instructors. From watching and listening to other instructors and also talking to many students about their learning experience in various schools around the world I came up with a list of best practices and common mistakes.