When teaching instructor candidates I have noticed that most instructors feel the need to show the power of the kite to the student and so a common exercise is to fly a kite in eight figures. Making it pass in the power zone all the time. This behavior can lead to accidents especially if the Power of the kite hasn’t been appropriately tamed.
The main thing students need to learn is how to park the kite. Moving can be done by accident, making sure the kite stands still in one of the positions determined by the instructor is the problematic thing. Also, once on the water this is what he needs to do the most. Think about kitesurfing, and you realize you pass most of the time riding and the kite is in a parked position only moving when there is a need of generating power and the movements are small.
The other mistake is doing most exercises in a standstill position. If you look at kitesurfing, it is not a standstill sport. Kitesurfer have to move all the time so training commands while standing still doesn’t provide any proper evolution to the memory mapping and muscle training required to kitesurf. In fact, it’s just mapping wrong sensations that later will delay the right learning.
On land, we should mimic all that we do in the water so moving in the same directions we do on water is the correct way of mapping the student brain and muscles to what will com ahead.
So if you are looking for a school or an instructor to learn how to kitesurf, take a look at the schools first lessons. Check if they use kites that don’t generate power (small foils of the inflatable with short lines and instructor leash) on land and also pay attention to the lesson type and if the student exercises lead them to move around simulating the water performance. This will enhance your learning curve.
Search for an IKO school that is listed in the IKO website those are the only ones that ensure you will have an IKO instructor and an IKO course. Others may say IKO course because they have one instructor that is IKO but it doesn’t mean that that one will be your instructor.
Check also for the school and instructor feedback on the IKO page.