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Kitesurfing Lessons

Kitesurfing Lessons

Lagos is a great place to learn how to kitesurf. We have 3, 7, 10 and 15 hour courses designed to progress you through the relative levels of the VDWS or IKO certifications.
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Our kitesurfing lessons are held at Alvor lagoon, which is only a 15 minute drive from the centre of Lagos. The lagoon has shallow to waist deep water and consistent NW winds during the summer, making it one of the best locations for learning to kitesurf in Europe. We have 3, 7, 10 and 15 hour courses designed to progress you through the relative levels of the VDWS or IKO certifications.


What's Included

  • Chosen lesson time with an VDWS or IKO qualified instructor.
  • Use of all equipment including a wetsuit, board, kite, and harness. Max. 2 students per kite during group lessons.
  • Full safety briefing including information relating to specific local weather conditions and hazards etc.
  • Structured lessons designed to progress you through the IKO or VDWS course outlines.


VDWS/IKO Accreditation

There are 2 main organisations responsible for the accreditation of kitesurfing schools in Portugal and around the world.

  • VDWS (Verband Deutscher Windsurfing Schulen). A German organisation originally setup in 1974 for the training of windsurfing instructors and establishing standards for schools and training. VDWS now represents an aligned system of services around water sports, especially windsports.
  • IKO (International Kitesurfing Organisation). An American organisation that focuses on kiteboard education, promoting safe practices and enhancing industry standards.

All trainees will be given the opportunity of obtaining a personal kiteboarding licence from the school upon completion of their course. This card, along with a unique license number, aims to be a permanent record of your progress towards achieving VDWS or IKO certification mastership. It will also allow you to rent equipment and prove your competence to local authorities.


Kitesurfing Levels

Both VDWS and IKO have similar methods of measuring a kitesurfer's ability. There are 4 basic levels for our kitesurfing courses:

  • Level 1 - You've never touched a kite before.
  • Level 2 - You can fly the kite and drag your body in the water.
  • Level 3 - Water starts, starting to ride the board going downwind.
  • Level 4 - Riding and staying upwind, tricks etc.


3 Hour Course


Meeting Point

We are able to organise pickups from hotels and hostels in the Lagos area only. We are not able to arrange pickups from private addresses. Please specify your preferred pickup location at the time of booking, otherwise you will be advised of the meeting point when your booking has been confirmed.


What to Remember

  • Hat & sun protection - chances are you're going to be in the wind and sun all day.
  • Swimwear & towel - a wetsuit will be provided.
  • Warm clothes - the weather can be unpredictable at the best of times.
  • IKO/VDWS licence showing previous experience (if applicable).

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