Welcome to cape town

Enjoy. Explore. Kitesurf.


Intro into the kite world; includes theory of wind (wind speed, wind direction, gusts, pressure systems) and ocean (currents, tides, rips), equipment set up and pack down, safety, and first piloting (kite control).

Body Dragging

Intro into the water; includes large kite handling, self-launching of the kite, self-rescue and all the different body drag techniques. This level is all about making you comfortable with piloting a larger kite while in the water.

Water Start

Board skills; includes, water starts and board riding techniques. This level will take everything you’ve learnt and put it together. Mastering board riding techniques, edge control, focus on riding with your core.

Get Independent Course 

Take kitesurfing lessons for 6 – 8 days completing a total of 20 hours. 

You’ve probably heard of the 10,000 hour rule, which was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s blockbuster book “Outliers.” That is, it takes 10,000 hours of practise to achieve mastery of complex skills. 

This course is not 10,000 hours. However, it does allow you ample amount of time to practise and hone in on your newly aquired kitesurfing skills. 

(The Get Independent Course is a continuation of the Get Hooked Course, Get On Board Course & Get Riding Course.)

What you will cover:

DAY 4 (Water based)

  • Independant kite selection + setup.
  • Practise controlling your speed while edging the board.
  • Practise controlling your direction / riding upwind.
  • Practise controlled stopping.
  • Independant kite pack down.

DAY 5 (Water based)

  • Independant kite selection + setup.
  • Independent waterstart and sea entry.
  • Control your direction / ride upwind.
  • Controlled stopping.
  • Learn to ride with 1 hand.
  • Practise turning without stopping.
  • Attempt small pops and jumps.
  • Independant kite pack down.

DAY 6 (Water based)

  • Hone in on all your skills

DAY 7 (Water based)

  • Hone in on all your skills

DAY 8 (Water based)

  • Hone in on all your skills

Students to instructor ratio:

  • Group – 2:1
  • Private – 1:1

(Please note* If you’d like to do a group but it’s just you, you may book alone and we will supply the group.)

(Please note* All our courses are customized to start you off on your current experience level, if you have already taken previous lessons, then day 1 of this four day course will resume where your last lesson left off.)

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IKO Kitesurfing Levels Completed in This Course

Level 1A

• 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 1B

• 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 1C

• Set-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
• Pre-flight 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 (4/5-line de-power kite)


Level 1D

• 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 1E

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

Level 2F

• Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite
• Water re-launch 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 2G

• 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 2H

• 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 2I

• 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

Level 3J

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

Level 3K (Advanced)

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

Level 3L (Advanced)

• Change of direction without stopping
• Self- rescue and full pack-down in the water

Level 3M 

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

Level 3N (Advanced)

• Make a toe side turn
• Know the theory and the safety rules for jumping
• Land a basic jump