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With almost 20 years kiting behind us, Ocean2air has the experience and when it comes to teaching that is essential.

We have had the time to fine tune a system of teaching that works better than most. We concentrate on teaching you the most important thing and that is to “understand” how to fly a kite properly.

WHY?

Well it is simple – you can be the worlds best wake boarder 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 and it can make or break your learning curve. We understand that the beginner modules cover a lot of information and sometimes important information is missed so we are making it easier for you to learn.

HOW?

We have started using video to help us teach and 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.:

Module 1 and 2
These are the beginner courses – teaching you kite flying.

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.

Module 4
This is the board work.  Again board lessons will only take place once you have mastered the kite flying off your harness otherwise it is pointless trying to get you onto a board.

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.

MODULE 1

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THEORY AND BASICS

This lesson is the most important lesson, as it will ultimately lay the foundation for you to get up on the board.

Module 1 deals with the theory behind kite flying. It will allow you to understand where you need to fly the kite and why you have to use the harness. Most importantly it will deal with the safety, set-up, launching and landing of your kite.

Most people have never flown a kite so this lesson is aimed to get you there using tried a tested methods. If you stick with this you will get it and you will see how simple it can be.

Once you understand the technical aspects of kite flying, it will be like a puzzle falling into place.

DURATION

2 hours, based on 2 students

COST

R600.00 pp

BRING – bring sunnies, cap and rashvest.

MODULE 2

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ADVANCED FLYING

Module 2 is an extension of module 1 and we try to do these lessons together as it is good to take what you have just learnt and expand on it.
We deal with more advanced kiting and now start to teach you the correct way to fly a kite, combining all the techniques that we have taught you. We cannot tell you how many times we have had students that have not been taught properly say – “I was never shown that! Now it makes sense!” And that is our aim to put the foundation in to allow you to get onto a board.

We aim to make you understand why you have a de-power line and how the 4 line kite is meant to work! Only once you understand this properly do we then get you onto module 3!

DURATION

2 hours, based on 2 students

COST

R600.00 pp

BRING – bring sunnies, cap and rashvest.

MODULE 3

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WATER WORK

The body dragging lesson – we get you onto a bigger kite and put you into the safety of the water. We now use a waterproof helmet radio to communicate with you and to continue teaching whilst you are in the water. We will deal with the water re-launch, upwind body dragging and kite control.

The aim of this lesson is to get you more familiar with the kite and getting used to the pull in the water whilst still stressing the importance of the harness and re-enforcing the techniques learnt in the beginner course.

This is generally done in the lagoon to allow you easier learning conditions, however where possible (and provided the student is happy to) we do like to try do the lesson in the sea.

DURATION

1 hour

COST

R650.00 pp
BRING – costume or wetsuit.

MODULE 4

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BOARD WORK

The board work lesson will only be done on successful completion of level 3 as it is imperative that the student has sufficient control and technique to allow the board work lesson to be successful.

This is the lesson the is designed to have you UP and RIDING.

This lesson takes all that we have taught and brings it together to allow you to get up and going as easily as it looks. If your kite control is not of a sufficient level we will get you body dragging again until our instructor is happy to put you on a board.

The use of the helmet radio is imperative to get you up and riding and we will use the lagoon to help make the initial lesson as easy as possible.

DURATION

1 hour

COST

R650.00 pp
BRING – costume or wetsuit.

MODULE 5

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DOWNWIND LESSON

The downwind lesson is a unique learning experience that very few kite schools are able to offer. Our instructor will ride with the student on a downwind (which is a 4 km run in front of the shop) and instruct them on the way by means of a one way radio system. This allows our instructor to teach without the interruption of having to walk back upwind the whole time and also gives the added benefit of being able to show the student how it is done. The downwind is one of the best learning methods that is on Ocean2airs doorstep and offers a unique method to get up and riding as we have 5 km stretch of beach that gives us the perfect teaching platform. The downwind lesson is a brilliant tool to teach wave riding, advanced moves, edging techniques and many more.

DURATION

1 hour

COST

R750.00 per hour (a downwind should take an hour)

BRING – to be done on students equipment.

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5 Forest Drive, La Lucia, Durban, South Africa

Cell: 082 880 1888 | Tel: 031 562 8886 | Email: rob@ocean2air.co.za