What To Expect When Learning to Kitesurf

Learning to kitesurf is an exhilarating experience that everyone must try. Go on and give it a go!

Learning to kitesurf might seem a little daunting, especially if you're completely new to the world of watersports. But fear not! Kitesurf lessons are a great way to a faster, more enhanced kitesurf learning experience. Not only are our kitesurf school partner, The Kitesurf Academy highly experienced in what they do but they're also super friendly. Thanks to Gareth at TKA for his guide on what to expect when you begin learning to kitesurf.

Learning to Kitesurf in Northern Ireland


It requires determination and confidence! And let's be realistic - commands a significant commitment of time and money. Depending on your fitness, existing board/kite skills, and willingness to embrace the elements, the average person will require 8 to 12 hours of instruction to become a fully independent kiteboarder


Every beginner wants to get up on the board, but ultimately what really matters is learning to fly a kitesurfing kite properly and safely.

Your kite skills are what will hold you back, not your ability to control the board, that will come far more easily. So, put the time in flying a kite on the beach and then in the water, body dragging. Getting used to the power and subtleties of flying a larger inflatable kite will positively impact all aspects of your kiting journey for years to come.

Lay the groundwork, be confident flying your kite and your first water starts will be smoother. You’ll have fewer crashes and longer first runs.

Learning to Kitesurf Beginner Kites


It will involve an introduction to the equipment needed to kitesurf, the theory behind the wind and about the location. You will be set up with an appropriately sized kite and taught kite control. As a kitesurf beginner you will learn emergency quick release and self-rescue techniques. You will learn the techniques of landing and launching, and body dragging before progressing to the water start.

To learn how to kitesurf efficiently, you need guidance, assistance and time to practice. That is why we have realised that a 2:1 ratio (semi-private tuition) with lessons are doable but not the most efficient way of teaching you to kitesurf .

This is also the reason why you will not find Group Lessons in our services. It can be arranged upon request but we don't recommend it.

While this may seem like alot to take it, it's important to remember that it isn't a race to see who learns the fastest. Learning to kitesurf takes time and hands-on practice to become a safe, competent kitesurfer. ​

We look forward to seeing you on the water !

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