Kitesurfing Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

KiteGeneration and Kiteboarding Sardinia have divided the kite learnig way in 3 levels in order to properly identify the abilities of kiters and students.

The 3 Kite Levels are:

  1. Kite Level 1 (Beginner) – Equivalent to IKO Level 1 Discovery
  2. Kite Level 2 (Intermediate) – Equivalent to IKO Level 2 Intermediate
  3. Kite Level 3 (Advanced) – Equivalent to IKO Level 3 Indipendent


1. Kite Level 1 (Beginner) – Equivalent to IKO Level 1 Discovery

Learn to kiteboard by taking the Level 1 Course.

This course is designed for the beginner and is the first step toward learning how to kiteboard.

Students discover the sport and safety rules while practicing various skills on land before performing on water. You will learn to assess the wind and physical location; use the safety systems; manage proper equipment; set-up; and to control the training kite. This program thoroughly introduces kiteboarding as a sport progressing and preparing you for the next level where you will transfer your skills from land to practice on water in the safest way possible. All graduates of this course become a certified Kiteboarder Level 1.

Prerequisites: good health

Time to complete Level 1: 3 hours

1.1 Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
1.2 Know hazards on a spot
1.3 Know the wind window
1.4 Set up a pump kite (4/5 lines)
1.5 Know the use of safety systems
1.6 Pull quick release and active kite-leash
1.7 Pre-flight check equipment and settings
1.8 Carry and handle the kite properly
1.9 Launch the kite with an assistant and as assistant
1.10 Have basic flying skills with kite
1.11 Walk and change directions while flying the kite
1.12 Understand and use the international communication signals
1.13 Land the kite with an assistant and as assistant
1.14 Recover the bar and kite
1.15 in-flight check equipment and setting
1.16 Understanding of the de-power system
1.17 Advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
1.18 Show full control of the de-power systems in flights


2. Kite Level 2 (Intermediate) – Equivalent to IKO Level 2 Intermediate

It is time to get wet and feel the power of the wind gliding on the water.

The Level 2  is designed to transfer the skills you practiced on land to the water.

Students learn to gain power and body drag with control both down and upwind, acquiring the skills that lay the foundation for a safe ride on the water.

Completing Level 2 students will be able to glide and to change directions and recover their boards. Graduates will be able to practice under supervision and be certified as a Kiteboarder Level 2.

Students can then progress on to the next course to learn to ride independently and do a few tricks like the first jumps!

Prerequisites : Kiteboarder Level 1 certificate or an equivalent; able to swim.

Time to complete Level 2: 5 / 9 hours

2.1 Enter and exit from the water independently and safely
2.2 Water re-launch the kite
2.3 Maintain correct kite position in the wind window
2.4 Downwind Body drag
2.5 Upwind Body drag
2.6 Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
2.7 Self-rescue and full pack-down in deep water
2.8 Know the power stroke for a water start
2.9 Know the safety rules and theory forr water start
2.10 Put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start
2.11 Water start in both directions and ride a short distance
2.12 Come to a controlled stop
2.13 Understand weather forecast
2.14 Determine the wind strength, direction and quality
2.15 Know the right of way rules
2.16 Know the equipment set up and choice according to the weather conditions


3. Kite Level 3 (Advanced) – Equivalent to IKO Level 3 Indipendent

The kitesurfer becomes Advanced with the Level 3.

Reaching the level 3 the students will feel natural riding upwind.

With the Level 3, students practice riding toe-side, attempting first jumps, and learning to focus on advanced skills like controlling speeds by edging the board, changing direction without stopping, self-rescuing, self-launching and landing safely. These skills are honed to make the kiter independent on the water. Independent kiters can explore the world’s different locations, water surfaces and wind strengths! Upon completion of the course, students are certified as KiteGeneration Kiteboarder Level 3.

Prerequisites: Kiteboarder Level 2 certificate or an equivalent.

3.1 Control the riding speed by edging the board
3.2 Toe side edging
3.3 Consistent riding in all directions including upwind
3.4 Ride amongst other riders respecting the right of way rules
3.5 Change direction without stopping
3.6 Make the toe side turn
3.7 Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
3.8 Self-launch
3.9 Know the theory and the safety rules for jumping
3.10 Basic Jumps