Why learning with a certified IKO Instructor and not with a friend? Pro Course 13 Feb 2017 Before you decide to save the cash of kiteboarding lessons and learn from a friend, consider that certain elements of friendship / relationships, when combined with kiteboarding instruction can be a recipe for disaster! In the process of learning to kiteboard, you will confront fear and frustration that will bring out a scary side of you that you never knew was there. With a person you know it is very easy to fuel your kiting frustration while working with a professional Instructor tends to keep you focused solely on kiteboarding. Instructors are adept at spotting the early signs of fear and frustration, checking in, suggesting a break or providing some support to create a needed taste of success. Remember, just because someone is good at something doesn’t mean they are good at teaching it. Kiting may be so second nature to your friend but he/she can’t break it down into the component steps anymore. Even when trying, some steps will be skipped because it is so obvious to him/her but it is the key for you. “Professional kiteboarding lessons: about $60/hr. Being 100% confident at the end of the lesson: Priceless” One of the greatest challenges in kiteboarding is to be prepared to handle your safety in any situation when things go wrong. The more confident you are in your ability to manage a “kitemare”, the more you will enjoy kiting. There is a tendency when teaching friends and loved ones to gloss over safety to get to the fun bits, while fun cannot happen without all the safety basics. Certified IKO Instructors follow a methodological system to ensure that safety issues are covered completely and thoroughly. Knowing what to do when things go wrong is the difference between a serious injury and a good story to tell after the session. Look for an IKO Instructor on the IKO website and book your lesson!