- 01. Is kitesurfing easy?
- 02. Are Pure Magic instructors certified?
- 03. Do I need to be in good shape to kitesurf?
- 04. Why can’t I learn from a video, YouTube, the internet or a magazine?
- 05. Do I need any skills before I can take a lesson?
- 06. What skills do you teach in your lessons?
- 07. Do you conduct lessons year round?
- 08. How many hours is your lesson program?
- 09. Can I complete the full package intensively, say over a weekend?
- 10. How many students are there in a cl What equipment do you provide during the lessons?
- 12. Can I use my own equipment during the lesson?
- 13. Will I be able to kitesurf after taking the course?
- 14. Where do you provide your lessons?
- 15. What time do lessons take place?
- 16. How do make a reservation?
- 17. What do I need to bring for the lesson?
- 18. I can wake board; will I be able to pick up kitesurfing really quick?
- 19. Do you rent kites or boards?
- 20. Do I need insurance?
01. Is Kitesurfing Easy?TOP
With good instruction, most people enjoy an incredibly fast learning curve. Without instruction, trying to learn kiteboarding can be frustrating and is very dangerous..
2. Are Pure Magic instructors certified?TOP
All senior instructors are certified by the International Kitesurfing Organization (IKO), by the British Kitesurfing Association (BKSA) or the Irish Kitesurfing Association (IKSA). All our senior instructors are also qualified first aiders.
3. Do I need to be in good shape to kitesurf?TOP
A basic level of fitness is all you need as our equipment can be adjusted to suit a broad range of physical abilities.
4. Why can’t I learn from a video, YouTube, the internet or a magazine?TOP
You can learn from a lot from other resources, but there is no substitute for having an instructor provide feedback, share local knowledge, maximise safety, customise instruction to your individual needs and part with years of experience and wisdom.
5. Do I need any skills before I can take a lesson?TOP
You should be able to swim and be confident in deep water.
6. What skills do you teach in your lessons?TOP
We follow the International Kitesurfing Organization program which is sectioned into skill levels 1, 2 and 3.
7. Do you conduct lessons year round?TOP
The lodge and school open on the weekend of St Patricks and closes early November. During this time lessons can be scheduled morning, afternoon & evening and run every single day.
8. How many hours is your lesson program?TOP
Generally speaking a lesson is 3hrs if with another student or 2hrs if 1on1. Private lessons can be booked and a full course comprises of 4 sessions, though this does not mean you cannot book further lessons if you do not feel confident at this stage.
9. Can I complete the full package intensively, say over a weekend?TOP
Wind permitting, yes, with a session on the morning followed by lunch and then back to the water for the afternoon!!
10. How many students are there in a class?TOP
We have a max of 2 pairs of students with 1 instructor. We feel that this is the best ratio for safety as well as learning. During the lesson, the 2 students will learn faster by watching and assisting each other and as the lesson progresses, the instructor will do less and less with the students doing everything on their own with supervision.
12. Can I use my own equipment during the lesson?TOP
For our lesson program, we usually use our equipment which has been tested to be safe and easy to learn on. After completing the course, you may choose to take private lessons to further your skills on your own equipment.
13. Will I be able to kitesurf after taking the course?TOP
During our lesson program, we will cover all of the skills necessary to become a safe and independent kitesurfer, but it is up to you to keep practicing. After the course, about 80% of the people can demonstrate the necessary skills and can go on to purchase their own equipment and practice on their own safely. However, some people may require more time to develop their skills and additional lessons may be needed.
14. Where do you provide your lessons?TOP
All our water based lessons are conducted on Keel Lake, which is shallow and extremely safe. On occasion we give land based lessons on the Keel beach also.
15. What time do lessons take place?TOP
Anytime that suits you based on our teaching schedule and of course wind conditions, which we check and confirm with you prior.
16. How do make a reservation?TOP
When booking we ask for is a €50 deposit to secure your lesson and ask you to notify us at least 24hours before should you wish to reschedule or cancel. If you are staying at the Pure Magic lodge then no deposit is required and we will confirm in person the night before.
17. What do I need to bring for the lesson?TOP
For the first hour (land based) we advise you wear comfortable clothes and footwear. For the water based lessons we provide wetsuits if you need one. Perhaps bring sun screen for the hot Irish sun and we welcome hot whiskey for those brisk days.
18. I can wake board; will I be able to pick up kitesurfing really quick?TOP
Although a wakeboarding background is helpful, kitesurfing is all about kite control and you will have to learn the skills necessary to safely control the kite.
19. Do you rent kites or boards?TOP
Yes we do and can be organised through the activities manager.
20. Do I need insurance?TOP
No, As an internationally recognised school through the IKO governing body, all our students are covered by indemnity insurance during the lesson.