- Duration: Days 1 and 2 – 6 hours, Days 3 to 10 – 5 hours.
- Cost: £899 (Accommodation from £150 per week)
- Level: Beginner
- Minimum Age: 16
- Season: March – November
- What to Bring: Warm, comfortable clothing and shoes you don’t mind getting sandy. Swimwear, a towel, drinks and snacks. In summer we recommend suncream and sunglasses.
Week 1: May 25th – 29th, August 3rd – 7th, September 21st – 25th
Week 2: June 1st – 5th, August 10th – 14th, September 28th – October 2nd
It is possible to split the course and do each week separately.
Our 10 Day Ultimate Kite Camp is everything you need to become a completely independent kitesurfer and so much more! With over 50 hours of dedicated tuition from an experienced instructor with a unique syllabus designed to cover everything you need to know to become an independent kitesurfer, if you’re committed to becoming a kitesurfer, this camp is the one for you.
The course is designed at every step to give you the theoretical and practical knowledge to be a competent, safe and considerate kiter. As well as covering safety elements, kiting basics and intermediate riding, you’ll also cover advanced tricks including jumps and toe-side riding. Along the way you’ll track your progress in your logbook, ticking levels off as you go, with mini quizzes to test your knowledge, vouchers for equipment discounts and much more!
The 10 day courses can be booked in two 5 day blocks if you’re unable to complete the course all in one go. This is simply done so when booking and scheduling the lessons online.
10 Day Ultimate Kite Camp – Course Outline
The lesson plan for the 10 Day course is flexible; tailored to student ability and conditions on the day. This allows the instructor to pick activities best suited to help you progress as much as possible on the day. Whilst many ‘traditional’ courses stick to a rigid outline, the 10 day camp is completely adaptable, so if you’re struggling with your board skills, the instructor will take you landboarding. If the wind is lighter on one day, they’ll help you improve your kite handling skills with a depowerable foil kite on the beach. Below is a rough outline of what you’ll cover, though of course depending on how you progress, the possibilities are endless!
Part 1 – The Introduction
- Introduction, theory and site assessments
- The fundamentals of kitesurfing – wind and sea conditions
- Power kite flying
- Static flying exercises
- Kitesurfing kite setup
- Safe launching & landing procedures & pre-flight checks
- Kitesurfing kite flying with harnesses
- Controlled bodydragging*
- Emergency pack down / self rescue techniques
Part 1 covers all of your basic safety and theory, making sure you know everything you need to to be safe on the beach and in the water.
Part 2 – Getting Into The Water
- Controlled downwind, directional, upwind and balance body dragging
- Introduction to boardstart theory
- Boardstart practise on The Kitesurf Centre’s unique Board Start Trainer
- Boardstart practise in the water
- Recap of emergency packdown and self-rescue techniques
Now you know how to set up, launch and fly the kites, part 2 is all about heading into the water to really kickstart your journey towards becoming a kitesurfer.
Part 3 – First Rides
- Competent board starts
- Speed control with board edging
- Control amongst waves
- Initiating steering and turns
- Advanced weather and tide analysis
- Advanced site assessments
As you start to ride and become closer to being an independent rider, the instructor will cover more advanced theory to ensure your continued safety.
Part 4 – Advanced Riding
- Stance and technique tips
- Transitions and carve turns
- Riding upwind
- First jumps
- Equipment tuning and knowledge
- Advanced wind theory
Once you’re riding comfortably both ways, it’s time to really hone your technique and try out some more difficult elements. You’ll also go through tuning your equipment to make it perfect for you, helping you to progress even faster.
Part 5 – Tricks
- Jumping higher
- Toeside riding
- Back and front rolls
If you’ve progressed through all of the basic and intermediate riding techniques, it’s time to get to the really fun stuff and try out some more advanced tricks. With real time feedback from your instructor through our 2 way radio headsets, you’ll nail these tricks in no time!
Part 6 – Independence
- Equipment maintenance
- Advanced equipment knowledge
- Self-launching and landing
- Wind forecast and tide chart reading
- Advanced safety and self-rescue techniques
- Riding in challenging conditions