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IKO levels and Kiteboarder Cards

At the end of the full course each student will receive an IKO Kiteboarder card which will be marked with their current IKO level. All students who complete the 2 day course should reach a full level 2. The IKO card is needed for the rental of equipment from many kitesurf centres around the world.

Below details each stage of each level.

Kiteboarder: Level 1

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 equipment and settings
  • In flight check 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

Kiteboarder: Level 2

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 start 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.

Kiteboarder Level 3:

Level 3J

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

Level 3K

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

Level 3L

  • 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

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