LEARNING WITH AIRFORCE KITE SCHOOL

bulbAt Airforce we are committed to bringing you both top quality and fun kiteboarding lessons. Our courses take place in the learner friendly flat shallow waist deep lagoons of either New Brighton's Leasowe Bay or West Kirby.

Being fully licensed by Wirral Borough Council you can rest assured you are also fully insured (always check your instructors license from the council, no license = no insurance as written permission in a form of a license is required to validate any insurance).

We will only teach you when the conditions are suitable, we will not waste your time or money talking to you about which wetsuit to buy because there is no wind. All our students are taught to be independent kiter's at the beach in the ocean not in a classroom. Having the experience of teaching thousands of students since 1999, we use only the most experienced professional IKO/BKSA instructors.

The equipment you will be using will be of the highest quality and the latest available on the market. Post lessons as dealers we are also able to source and supply you with the same equipment with a price match guarantee. This formula collectively will provide you with a safe and enjoyable introduction int the sport.

Level 1 I.K.O - Discover Kiteboarding

International Kiteboarding Organisation Level 1 is your first introduction to kitesports. It's the ideal starting point for a range of kitesports including kitesurfing. The course lasts for 4 hours in a group or 3 hrs alone (dependant on ability) or until we are happy that you have the necessary kite piloting skills to progress onto the next level. This part of the course is mostly land based finishing on the water.Real easy going enjoyable day for anybody!!


Cost : £70

(3 to 4 hours)

Level 1 A

• Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
• Know hazards on a spot
• Set up a trainer kite
• Know the use of safety systems

Level 1 B

•Have basic flying skills with trainer kite
•Launch and land the trainer kite with an assistant
•Twist and untwist the lines while flying the kite
•Walk and change directions while flying the kite
•Know the wind window

Level 1 C

• Set­up a 4/5 line kite with a full de­power system
• Pre­flight check of equipment and settings
• In flight check of equipment and settings
• Understand and use the international communication signals
• Launch and land the kite to an assistant and as an assistant (4/5­line de­power kite)

Level 1 D

• Control the kite hooked into the harness
•Understand the de-power system and can use the safety systems
•Advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
• Show full control of de-power systems in flight

Level 1 E

• Pull quick release and activate leash
•Recover the bar and kite

Take Your Level 1

 

 

Level 2 I.K.O - Intermediate Kiteboarding

International Kiteboarding Organisation Intermediate Programme (IKO­level 2) develop's your skills and follows on from the Discovery Programme. The focus is always on helping you to become an independant Kitesurfer who is able to exercise good judgment and cope with conditions at your local spot or further afield. Once you complete this portion of the program you will start riding the board. This part of the course takes place in the water! The course lasts for 4 hours in a group, 3 hours if alone (dependant on ability) or until we are happy that you have the necessary kite piloting skills to progress onto the next level.


Cost : £70

(3 to 4 hours)

Level 2 F

• Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite
• Water re­launch the kite
• First body drag downwind
• Maintain correct kite position in the wind window
• Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
• Recover the kite and bar in the water

Level 2 G

• Upwind body drag to recover board
• Upwind body drag holding the board with one hand
• Enter and exit at the same point while upwind body dragging

Level 2 H

• Know the power stroke for a water start
• Know the safety rules and theory for water start
• Can put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start

Level 2 I

• Water starts in both directions and ride a short distance
• Come to a controlled stop
• Understand weather forecast, tidal­ and wind effects
• Determine the wind strength, direction and quality
• Know the right of way rules
• Know equipment set up and choice according to the weather conditions

Take Your Level 2

Level 3 I.K.O - Advanced Kiteboarding

The independent level is the stage where all those dreams and hard work pay off, as you get to feel the board on your feet! By the end of the section you will be able to start jumping and will truly be an independent rider. Then you are off to explore the world’s different locations, water surfaces and wind strengths! This course takes place on the water! The course lasts for 4 hours in a group, 3 hours if alone (dependant on ability) or until we are happy that you have the necessary kiteboarding skills


Cost : £70

(3 to 4 hours)

Level 3 J

• Control the riding speed by edging
• Consistent riding in both directions

Level 3 K

• Consistent riding in all directions including upwind
• Ride amongst other riders and water users and respect right of way rules

Level 3 L

• Change of direction without stopping
• Self­ rescue and full pack­down in the water

Level 3 M

• Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
• Self launch

Take Your Level 3

Need Private Lessons?

Cost : £40 per hour (minimum 2 hours)