Kitesurf Lessons on Lake Geneva

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Kitesurf Lessons on Lake Geneva

 

From complete beginner to experienced rider.

With our new teaching style, there is no longer a need for grass kite lessons! 

Our Certifications and our story

 

Our kite school was founded in 1997. André Simone is our founding member and still works with us. He was the first kitesurf instructor in Switzerland.
Owner of the Kiteshop store since 2000, since revamped as Backside-shop in 2016, André has constantly strived to evolve and adapt his technique and teaching style.
In 2004 André started, with his future wife, a kitesurf school in Brazil.
In 2005 he was head of 4 Kite-schools (In Switzerland, Italy, France and Brazil) and is IKO instructor.
In 2008, the kitesurf market started to expand. He decided therefore to spend less time teaching kitesurf and to dedicate more time to his shop and business.
He realised in 2011 that he missed teaching, having contact with people and the ability to be a part of people’s progression. It was then when he decided to take up teaching kitesurf again but only in Switzerland on the lakes.
André has trained many dozens of kitesurf teachers and many thousands of students.
He has lived through the history of kitesurf – right from the start and who is still one of the main forces behind the expansion of the sport to this day. André always gives kite lessons from his boat on the lake.

Who are our kite lessons available to?

 From beginner to experienced rider, everyone can progress at their own pace. Whether you want to learn at a relaxed pace or be given a trial by fire water, we can arrange lessons of any difficulty.
With our new technique we’ve put an end to the tiresome grass kite sessions. We’ll start you off in the water on your first lesson. We do Waterstarts and landings with the help of the boat which offers us another level of security.
Each person is different and by all means we can skip or redo steps suiting your own learning speed!
Lessons are organised by ability level so your time on the water is efficiently utilised.
These aren’t the types of lessons with obligatory milestones linking one to another.

 

When?

 
From May to September we run our kitesurf lessons on Lake Geneva from St- Prex (When the wind permits it).
People subscribed to lessons will receive an SMS when a lesson takes place.

Price

 
 We ask that students pay for each lesson in cash before it starts.
The complete length of the lesson is indicated. You won’t spend the entire duration of the lesson in the water.

 What’s included in the lesson price?
Included in the price of your lesson is the rental of:
A harness, a gilet, a board, a kite and a wetsuit
Should you wish to equip yourself with gear of your own, we sell all of these products at Backside-shop, Morges. Make use of our 20% off KiteStudent deal!

Don’t forget

 
Sun cream, swimming trunks, a towel (Please don’t wear glasses – there is a risk of them being broken.)

 

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cours de kitesurf lac leman

Beginners Kitesurf Lessons

 

 Level 1                                                                                             

 fr.50.- / 50 minutes

For those who have never kitesurfed and want to learn safely and securely.

We will teach you to:
– Prepare your gear
– Judge wind speed and direction
–  Get your kite to take off and to land
– Respect the safety and riding rules

 This will be a theory-based lesson. Therefore, there will be no need to bring your swimming stuff this time.

Level 2                                                                                                 

fr. 250.- / 3 hours

 You still haven’t kitesurfed yet, these lessons take place on the water. We can start you off at this level and do level 1 later if you wish.

We will teach you to:
-Control the kite
– Swim whilst being pulled with the kite through the water (Body drag)
– To get back your board utilising body drag
– To relaunch your kite
– Put your feet back on the board for waterstarts

Level 3                                                        

fr.200.- / 3 hours

For this lesson, you must master the following steps:
– Relaunching the kite
– Handling your kite using only one hand
– Getting your board back using body drag

We will teach you to:

  • Putting your feet on the board and getting out of the water from either side
  • Ride from 50 to 100 meters plus
  • Come back in the other direction
 
 

Level 4 

fr. 150.- / 2 hours

To participate in this lesson, you should be able to (at least):

  • Get out of the water and travel between 150 and 200 meters from at least one side
  • Get your board back utilising body drag
  • Getting your kite back out of the water after it has gotten wet

We will teach you to:

  • Set off and ride on your weaker side

For this lesson, each rider will have a kite to use so that they can spend the maximum amount of time possible in the water. At this stage the most important thing to do is practice.

 

Advanced kitesurf lessons

 

Level 1                                                                     

fr.200.- / 3 hours

 This type of lesson is for those who can ride in either direction, but who find uplift difficult or are still a bit shaky.

For this lesson the participant should know how to:
-Get their kite out of the water and use body drag to get their board back.

From this lesson, you will learn to go upwind and to use it to return to your starting point.

We will teach you to:

  • Perfect your transitions

For this lesson, each participant will have a kite to use in order to get the maximum amount of time in the water. At this stage, practice is key.

 

Level 2                                                                     

fr. 150.- / 3 hours

If you can go upwind on both sides of the board and want to start trying some jumps, this is the lesson for you.

For this lesson, the participant should:

  • Be independent

This lesson is meant for those who want to learn a few tricks or simply ride with the help of the school-boat.

 

 

First Steps with Hydrofoil

 

Level 1                                  

fr.150.- / 2 hours

You want to learn how to foil? Welcome to the new discipline or dimension of the watersport we all love.

To participate in this lesson you should know:
-How to kitesurf (without being an expert)
– How to relaunch your kite and steer it with one hand

This is a completely new discipline which will mean that you will have to practically restart your kiting from the beginning.

We will teach you to:
– Manipulate your hydrofoil in the water
– Put your feet on the board
– Get good positioning on the board
– To control and master the hydrofoil

 

Level 2                                                       

fr.150.- / 2 hours

You can take this lesson before or after doing the Level 1. We will tow you with the boat (Without wind) so that you get a better feeling for the foil under your feet.

Level 3                                                        

fr. 150.- / 2 hours

This lesson is all about starting to ride off on each side with good control and the objective is to understand and feel the workings of the hydrofoil. We will teach you to:

  • Do a waterstart whilst being able to control the board (balance of weight, where to put pressure – front or back)
 

Level 4

fr.150.- / 2 hours

To participate in this lesson, you should know how to waterstart, travel a few metres with some level of control of one of the two directions.

You just need some assistance for your safety.