Last weekend I ran the first Kitesurfer’s Ocean Confidence Course of 2013, and it was a real blast. I cap numbers on this course to six people, so due to demand I have set up another course to run in May.
Date: 11th / 12th May 2013
Duration: 11th – 09.30am – 5pm. 12th – 09.30am – 1pm.
Cost: £160 per person
Location: Watergate Bay Hotel
Watergate Bay is the spiritual home of kitesurfing in the UK, offering truly world class conditions and consistency. The training facilities at the Watergate Bay complex are simply peerless and this is the best location I can think of to hold the Kitesurfer’s Ocean Confidence Course.
This course is for:
Kitesurfers who want to really get under the skin of what’s going on in the ocean. If you are planning a trip abroad or have an eye on somewhere in the UK with potentially challenging conditions, this proven course will get you to where you need to be.
Expect to make big gains in water confidence, being your own risk technician, and becoming a more fluid and knowledgeable rider in waves.
You should expect to learn a lot. We will cover a lot of ground, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A sessions. For the practical elements, you will never be put into a situation outside of your comfort zone. This course is to train you, not to scare you, but you will have a lot of fun.
In the class room you will learn the theory of:
Tide mechanics and what they mean to water users
Rips currents; different types and how to identify them
How swell is formed, and what the ‘numbers’ mean when it turns up on your beach
Waves; the anatomy of a wave and the various types
Surf breaks; the differences between points, beaches, reefs, slabs, and where to find them
How to choose the right beach for your ability and the predicted conditions
Etiquette in the surf zone, and interacting with locals and visitors alike
And in your wetsuit you will learn how to:
How to do a full site assessment of a surf beach
Read swell and waves
Swim out properly through surf and body surf back in
Deal with heavy kitesurfing wipeouts – both when the kite stays in the sky and when it falls!
Safely get a board out through surf and paddle it around the surf zone
Escape rips and use them to your advantage
Develop your lung capacity and breathing techniques in wipeout situations
Plan escape routes and self rescue using various pieces of equipment, or none at all!
We will also cover specific kitesurf waveriding skills and manoeuvres and take a close look at a classic waveriding break so you know what to look for and how to approach such places.
You will need to bring:
Clothing suitable for a UK winter’s day
Winter wetsuit, boots, hood. If you need these items, we can supply you with them.
Kites, board, harness.
If elements of the course demand it, you will be provided with a personal flotation device.
Call Dom (that’s me!) on 07540 155123, or email email@example.com, or leave a comment below.