IKO Levels

IKO levels and Kiteboarder Cards

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.