clint2070 wrote:Im an IKO instructor... I've had students graduate as a proficient kiteboarder within 3 lessons. ...
"proficient kiteboarder" in 3 lessons is either an experienced power kiter and talented board sports guy when he arrived at your school, or a keen interpretation of the word "proficient".
While it is my belief that the IKO teaching system is OK (but IKO organization is a scam), in my experience it takes not less than 10 hours on a kite to acquire the necessary reflexes and come to a state where you stop clinging on to the bar and start flying your kite. And this is just the first step of many to become a proficient kiter.
To me, a proficient kiteboarder has the skill to understand kite physics, sea & weather good enough to pick his launching spot on his own, chose, rig and trim appropriate gear for the conditions, self launch & self land his stuff, self rescue, know the rules and courtesy, and show riding skills good enough to not be an obstacle, at the very least. This usually takes at least 20 days on the water.
After 3 days of lessons, in the best of cases you've got a guy with zero experience, able to ride forth and back without causing too much mayhem.