Kitesurfing Achill

KITE PARADISE

Come and learn the best sport in the whole world, Kitesurfing will give you wings, are you ready to Fly? It is the most incredible sensation and one of the most accessible and impressive water-sports to learn.  Achill is one of the best place in the world to do it!  Keel Lake offers shallow flat waters and amazing winds! there are many blue flag Beaches around Achill Island as well!

Lets GET OUT THERE!

MAYO

KITE PARADISE

What you can expect from a kitesurfing course?

– Theoretic conditions, spot assessment & wind window
– First piloting of a ram air kite (2 line)
– LEI (leading edge inflatable & 4 line) setup & terminology
– Assisted launching & landing
– Safety systems, how to use the eject release & recover the bar
– First piloting of LEI kite (4 line) with specific drills within the wind window
– How to re-launch the kite from the water
– Body dragging & drills thru the wind window via specific kite manoeuvres (figure 8’s, power stroke)
– How to control the kite with one hand when walking upwind
– Up-wind body drag & board recovery
– Full deep water pack down with kite recovery & self rescue
– Theory of board start incl. board & body position and position of kite within wind window
– Practical first attempts at board start
– Independent launching & landing.

After the full course you will be considered an independent rider, though this does not mean that you will necessarily be riding off into the sunset. What it does mean is that you have taken a foundation course, learnt all the essential skills needed including safety management and are now considered independent enough to practice and eventually become a fully fledged rider. It is only then that you will fully appreciate and enjoy the amazing sport of kitesurfing.

KEEL LAKE

PARADISE FOR LEARNING AND FREESTYLE

FAQs

Is Kitesurfing Easy?

With good instruction, most people enjoy an incredibly fast learning curve. Without instruction, trying to learn kiteboarding can be frustrating and is very dangerous.

Are Pure Magic instructors certified?

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.

Do I need to be in good shape to kitesurf?

A basic level of fitness is all you need as our equipment can be adjusted to suit a broad range of physical abilities.

Why can’t I learn from a video, YouTube, the internet or a magazine?

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.

Do I need any skills before I can take a lesson?

You should be able to swim and be confident in deep water. Also you need to have a great smile, it helps having a GREAT time on the water 😉 ( especially on the rainy days, we are wet anyway)

What skills do you teach in your lessons?
We follow the International Kitesurfing Organization program which is sectioned into skill levels 1, 2 and 3. However we have our own magic recipes and our goal is to teach you everything you should need to know/ to do before flying on your own. We have been teaching in Ireland for 15 years now
Do you conduct lessons year round?

The shop is open all year round but January. Unless there is a strange weather pattern, we run our lessons from March till November. When it gets cold we recommend Land based lessons or private water based ones.

How many hours is your lesson program?

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.

Can I complete the full package intensively, say over a weekend?

Wind permitting, yes, with a session on the morning followed by lunch and then back to the water for the afternoon!! This is the Fast n Furious way! Time is love!

How many students are there in a class?

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.

What equipment do you provide during the lessons?

We will provide all the necessary equipment, from the ram air & LEI kites, to the harness, lifejacket, helmet, wetsuit and board, all safe and up-to-date, and last but not least: our big smile!

Can I use my own equipment during the lesson?

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.

Will I be able to kitesurf after taking the course?

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.

Where do you provide your lessons?

All our water based lessons are conducted on Dollymount Beach or Sutton Beach, both world class Kitesurfing spots…But Silence! nobody knows but you…and us!

What time do lessons take place?

Anytime that suits you based on our teaching schedule and of course wind conditions, which we check and confirm with you prior. Usually we have a 10am and 2pm Start, and we add Summer evening sessions (5.30pm)

How do make a reservation?

When booking we ask for is a €50 deposit to secure your lesson and ask you to notify us at least 48hours before should you wish to reschedule or cancel. Click on the link below or call us!

What do I need to bring for the lesson?

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. 

I can wake board; will I be able to pick up kitesurfing really quick?

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.

Do you rent kites or boards?

Yes we do and can be organised through the activities manager. Independent Level is required.

Do I need insurance?

No,  all our students are covered by indemnity insurance during the lesson.

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