No matter what you are training, when you are with an Instructor you expect them to keep safety at all times in regards to whatever you are doing; right? Unfortunately, sometimes there is no way to tell if your Instructor is doing so! Luckily in kiteboarding though - you can!
Kiteboarding is one of the worlds most wonderful sports though it is also one of the world's most extreme sports. Below are five ways to tell your Instructor is taking your safety into consideration:
1. Your Instructor will introduce himself and evaluate your level
Your Instructor will ask you what you can and can’t do. He will also ask you whether you have an apprehension of water so he can adapt the lesson according to your knowledge and goals.
2. Your Instructor will set the objectives of the course
Your Instructor will explain the goals of the course with the exercises you will be asked to do. The Instructor will explain and safely instruct you how to achieve them. All this is part of the IKO step-by-step learning method to maximize your progression with safety and fun.
3. Your Instructor will provide you a helmet
This is mandatory for your safety no matter the weather conditions, the spot organization, and your level.
4. Your Instructor will provide you a buoyancy aid
Even if you know how to swim, this is another mandatory protection that any student must wear, even in shallow water! Double check that the buoyancy is at least 50 Newton.
5. Your Instructor holds a Valid IKO Certification
You can check it online by his name - ID # and/or he can show you his certification on his IKO app.
These five signs and steps will help ensure you are in good hands. Stay safe and have fun when going kiteboarding!