With over 20 years kiting behind us, Ocean2air has the experience and when it comes to teaching that is essential.
Ocean2air kitesurfing is responsible for teaching over 80% of the kiters in the Durban area. We have been teaching for close on 20 years and we have refined our lessons into a system that works! We concentrate on teaching you the most important thing which is understanding how to fly a kite properly. If you get on board with us you have the best opportunity to get into this amazing sport.
Here is a simple analogy – you can be the world’s best wakeboarder but if the driver of the boat doesn’t give you enough throttle then you will never be even able to get out the water to show it. So the kite flying is what it is all about and this will make your entry into this amazing sport so much easier. The secret is the harness and a lot of kite schools fail to teach this properly (as it is the hardest thing to teach) and if you have an inexperienced instructor then they often don’t even understand it properly. It is a HUGE DIFFERENCE as to how you control and fly the kite. We understand that the beginner modules cover a lot of information and sometimes important information is missed so we now using videos to ensure that you are a complete kiteboarder.
We use a combination of video and practical to help us teach! We have broken the video into sections that are important and need to know, and important and HAVE to know as well as general kiting information that is specific for our area. We realise that students are different and some learn better with practical and others better with visual, so we are using them all to teach, BUT we so as not to swamp you with too much information we are also giving you access to the theory after the lesson. So as to be able to go through it again and make sure you didn’t miss any important sections. Before the start of the module 1 you need to have watched PART 2 and 3 – Part 1 is a nice to know but can be watched later.
You should not put an inflatable kite in the sky before doing Module 1 and 2. This is the theory and all the basics that you have to know before you fly a kite. We start with the Theory video – Part 1 and Part 2 -you can watch online before you come in (this will help as it reduces information overload on Day 1) Part 3 is an in-depth Video at the shop that looks at how to fly the kite and then straight into the practical. You go down to the beach and set-up and we get you straight into flying the kite and everything you need to know!
ADVANCED KITE FLYING LESSON (MODULE 3)
This is the water work – we put you in the water with a kite and no board and use a helmet radio to allow us to continue teaching when you are in the water. Module 3 will only be in the water if you are flying the kite at the correct level to allow us to safely put you in the water. We start this lesson where we left off and so we begin with a step by step video of how to correctly fly the kite and our instructor will then test your kite flying ability to assess if you can safely enter the water and start body dragging
BOARD WORK LESSON (MODULE 4)
We start with the video again so we can try and explain how important each section is. We break it down step by step as to why you need to fly the kite like we are showing you. It is the understanding that will make this sport easy. Kitesurfing is an amazing sport as you cannot lie – if you have not grasped what we have been trying to teach you in modules 1 2 3 – then it will come out now as you will either not get up onto the board or you will do what every kiter complains to us about – you will get up and then lose power and fall back into the water.This is the board work lesson aiming to get you up and riding with ease! MODULE 4 is the board lessons but will only take place once you have mastered the kite flying concepts of Module 1 2 and 3. These lessons take place with a helmet radio and run at the lagoon in flat water.
PLEASE NOTE – the majority of kiters that kite in the Durban area have been taught by us. We have done this by adjusting the course to suite each one. Our aim is not to do as many lessons as possible but rather to do as many as NECESSARY to get you up and riding!
It is important for you to ‘graduate’ from the one module in order to progress in the next.