There are few things that make a kite spot preferable for beginners:
Shallow Waters –
It’s easier to learn if you can stand up with both feet firmly on the bottom. This will limit any chance of you drifting whilst trying to listen to your instructor. You will also be able to walk back after completely certain skills to prevent getting to close to shore during training and you will not drift far away downwind.
Learning from a boat works too but it requires a lot more physical exertion and you may find you tire quicker due to the extra use of your core muscles to keep your position in the water.
A very important step you might miss out on if learning for the first time from a boat in deep water is how to launch and land a kite alone on the beach as well as certain hand signals, kite set up and other important skills. This could become problematic when you decide to take your first kite holiday from the shore as an independent rider.
Separate Teaching Area –
We have found that beginners progress with more confidence when the kitesurfing school has a separate area for teaching. When you are just starting out seeing riders coming towards you can lead to some anxiety as you are trying to master keeping the kite up in the air, taking your first meters on the board or mastering riding directions. Knowing that you have a dedicated space for learning means you can focus on yourself without additional distraction.
Rescue Boat –
A good kitesurfing school will have set rescue procedures including a trained rescue team, rescue boat and first aid kits. Knowing these things are in place will enable you to kite with peace of mind, knowing that if you suddenly find you are unable to return to the shore, there will be somebody to lend you a hand. Safety first!
Flat Waters –
When you’re just learning how to control a kite and attempt your first water starts, waves can be challenging. Calm flat waters are always easier for first-time kitesurfers.
The Wind Direction –
The wind direction can change at a spot from day to day however there will be patterns to the wind wherever you are. Onshore wind will take you to the beach and offshore winds will take you to the sea. Therefore, a side-shore wind is preferable for safety reasons and makes it much easier to go out to sea and return to the beach.
The kitesurfing school you choose should be able to provide you with detailed knowledge about the spot, it’s facilities and its condition variations.