SBC Kiteboard recently carried an article about some things to consider when shopping for a kiteboarding instructor/school. It also goes into some of what you might expect to be taught in a fairly complete training program.
The original unedited text of the article appears below.
Quality professional kiteboarding instruction should allow rapid, safer learning under controlled conditions using someone elseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kites and boards. Much of the trial, error, hazards and frustration that plagues folks trying to figure it out on their own can be avoided when you work with a capable instructor. Your speed of advancement in kiteboarding after proper training should also be faster than otherwise. This process should reduce the odds of painful and costly injury, damaged kite gear, threats to our access to ride and give you experience to make your own judgments on what gear to buy. A primary goal of adequate, quality instruction is to aid the rider in becoming an independent kiteboarder to allow safer experience building following training. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fall in the trap of trying to figure out how to kiteboard from scratch with a friend who is new to the sport. This practice is not that uncommon and a very bad idea. There is too much that can go wrong during inexpert Ã¢â‚¬Å“trainingÃ¢â‚¬