VDWS Kitesurfing License

Basic Licence - International proof of qualification

International Certificate of Competency

After an adequate training, the VDWS hands out a proof of qualification – the „International Kite boarding Basic License“. Compared to the basic license for windsurfing or sailing this kite license requires a much more extensive training. This is due to high security requirements according to examination directions by the VDWS e.g In the future the license is intended to become a proof of qualifications of a basic safety training in kite boarding with public authorities.

The document guarantees that its owner has the necessary basic knowledge and the necessary ability and is able to exercise this sport in accord with the environment and his fellow sportsmen.

Training in 6 steps

The training for the International Kite boarding Basic License is divided into 6 levels. Depending on previous knowledge, every level takes at least 15 to 20 hours in theoretical and practical training. Your practical kite boarding skills are tested at each level. After that the students should kite under the supervision of a school first, just to obtain the necessary confidence in handling the kite.


For a complete Kite boarding Basic License, 5 practical and 1 theoretical exams have to be passed. Parts of the practical exam (for example to start, to land, to steer the kite in a safe way or to relaunch, to keep and obtain the height) can be checked during a lesson.


It´s possible to repeat a part-exam after an adequate time to learn. The owner of the license has passed all the necessary practical and theoretical exams, leading to the International Kite boarding Basic License, as soon as he has managed to do all steps successfully and all five steps have been confirmed by the examiner.

Requests for official authorities and water sport centers

By this license, all official authorities and rental schools in Germany and abroad are requested to support the owner in exercising his sport and to grant him all necessary aid in doing so.

Level 1:
Safety Basics, Getting Ready, Start Flying, Take Off, Bodydrag
Level 2:
Bodydrag, Relaunch
Level 3:
Waterstart, Going Downwind (min. 50 meter)
Basic theoretical knowledge,
Level 4:
Going Downwind, Changing direction, Keep Position to Wind, Basic Jibe
Level 5:
Going Upwind
Level 6:
Basic Jumps and Carved Jibes, or Transition Jumps
Level 7:
Rotation or Kiteloop, Grabs, One Foot, Board Off or Railey


You can get a license not only in summer in the water but also in winter. The first steps with the flight training are like kite surfing, the first rides on the snow are relatively easy, provided you have the right equipment and can ski or snowboard. Body drag and water start are cancelled or postponed until summer.

Snowkite Licence

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