Would you learn to skydive with an uncertified instructor?
No you wouldn’t, so don’t learn to kiteboard with anything less.
How do you know your getting a safe and productive kiteboarding lesson?
Do’s & Don’ts : Kiteboard Lessons
Make sure your kiteboarding School is honest and transparent with their credentials.
Make sure they’re Certified … ask to see his instructor certification card and notice the date he became an instructor. If they are certified , they will have a valid card from the certification agency (IKO or PASA) . You can also look them up on the certification agencies web site, and view how long they’ve been teaching, and even how many hours of instruction they have taught.
Make sure they have a business license … ask to see his city business license.
Make sure he has insurance to teach kiteboarding as a school … insurance to teach for other schools is not insurance to teach as a school … don’t get scammed, ask to see his school insurance binder.
See if your instructor make you sign a waiver and medical statement with their name listed on the waiver? If not, find a real instructor.
Make sure your instructor provides and/or requires all essential safety equipment for your lesson? Helmets, CGA life jacket, kite leash, protection against the hazards, like booties and wetsuit?
Do make sure your instructor has an assortment of kite sizes and boards to match your needs and various wind conditions.
Don’t take kiteboarding lessons with a particular instructor /school, because they are cheaper.
Don’t believe everything see … ask for proof.
Don’t forget, you are learning and Extreme sport.
Don’t let your instructor tie you to himself or another object with a rope, leash or other system ? They will be endangering you and they are obviously not a legitimate instructor. If they’re certified, they are violating safety standards and unsafe to teach this sport to anyone.
Don’t let your instructor use a board leash to tether you to the kiteboard? If so, they are violating well established safety standards … board leashes are band by all kite certification agencies.
Don’t let your instructor send you into or towards other riders or into other water users. Beginners must learn downwind of others.
Don’t settle for less that the best instructor and the safest lesson
Don’t endanger yourself or others, by learning unsafe practices from unsafe instructors.
Don’t waste you money on unsafe, inexperienced and/or illegitimate instruction.
Don’t forget: 1 good lesson is safer and more productive than a 100 bad lessons.
Don’t learn from friends or other kiters.
Anyone can make a website that falsely states they know how to teach kiteboarding. For your own safety and/or the safety of your children … don’t blindly trust that … check them out. Asks questions and get proof.
Manta Water Sports is the only IKO & PASA certified lesson operator in San Diego, and a licensed business there. We are insured to teach kiteboarding as a school.
John Arthur (Founder and Chief Instructor) has been teaching this sport since 1999. He has thousands of lessons, and thousands of hours safely. Be safe and wise with your money …. go with the best source for kiteboard lessons, Manta Water Sports.
Your safety and the safety of others is our #1 objective … It should also be yours.
Links to Kite instructors around the world.
Note: Most instructors are not business owners who teach. Most are just part time instructors who occasionally work for a school.
Take your kiteboarding lessons now, and learn while the water is still warm, but the summer crowds are gone.
Manta Wind & Water Sports offers kiteboard lessons all year, and the best time to learn is when the summer crowds have gone. The waters are still warm, and the beaches are uncrowded. Take your kiteboard / kitesurf lessons in November, December, January, or February and be riding long before the spring and summer season hits.
This time of year is also a great time to get a head start on training before you head off on those holiday vacations. Manta Water Sports , offers beginner through advanced levels of instruction every day of the week and all year.
This time is year is great time to purchase kiteboarding equipment , as we offer the best deals on kiteboard gear now. We sell the top brands of gear at the lowest prices allowed.
If you think it just takes a light wind specific kite to ride in light winds … you have a rude awakening. The truth is … It takes light wind specific flying skills in conjunction with the light wind specific kite to succeed in really light wind. My comments are based on years of riding and teaching others to ride in light winds, successfully.
Lets start out by defining what light wind speeds really are. If you ask most people what light wind is , you get a spectrum of opinions: 12-15 knots / 10-15mph / 8- 13mph / 18-25 Kph /etc, etc. San Diego is a well known and undisputed, light wind kiteboarding environment. San Diego’s average wind speeds in the Summer are 8-14 mph, and we ride and stay upwind in those conditions.
If a manufacturer wants to test a true light wind kite … they should bring it San Diego in the summer and run it through all the tests: /Launching / Re-Launching / Stability / Back Stall / Upwind Drive / Low End Pull / Safety Systems / Self Landing / User Friendly / Durability / Turning Rate. If you want to ride in the lightest winds, you do want a kite that has proven is ability to excel in San Diego’s light wind conditions and become a light wind master of that kite.
Its very common for experience riders to have difficulty riding in the light winds of SD. The reason for this is there lack of skills needed to survive the light wind conditions. We have refined the flying techniques and tricks to handle the lightest wind conditions and keep ourselves riding and the kite flying.
If you want to learn those light wind flying skills and learn how to adjust and tune your kite to flying the lightest winds , even if its not a light wind specific kite … contact us to reserve a Light wind skills lesson.
Here are some of the most popular Light Wind Kites that actually excel in light wind conditions; Liquid Force: Solo / Naish: Trip / Cabrinha: Contra / Nobile: Mr Big.
If you have any questions on what kites and boards help you ride in the lightest possible winds … just email me.
John Arthur – Chief Instructor at Manta Wind & Water Sports, San Diego, CA, USA