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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.

WHY?

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.

HOW?

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.

BEGINNER MODULE 

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.

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

R700.00 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

R700.00 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

1.5 hours

COST

R750.00 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

R750.00 per hour (if completed Mod 123)

IF you have not come through the kite school then you have to watch the training video to understand the concepts that you have possibly missed and this needs to be done at the shop before coming to the lagoon.

R1050 pp (if coming from another school)
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

This lesson is generally one hour if you have completed Mod 1 2 3 4

COST

R750.00 per hour (a downwind should take an hour if you have completed Mod 1 2 3 4)

BRING – to be done on students equipment. If you need to rent gear here prices will be dependent on if you have graduated from our training program!

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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