Let the kite tow you through the water, control speed and direction by maneuvering the kite. Practice cutting across the wind and back.
Pulling right then left will accelerate you through the water. This is flying the kite in a figure 8 motion. You can directly control the amount of power by how much, how fast and how hard you fly the kite towards the water and backup again. If you need to rest, fly the kite back up into the neutral position and relax.
Practice getting to your feet on the board on both tacks. Kite must be stable in neutral and you should be hooked into your harness. When you are comfortable take a hand off the bar and pull on the leash to get the board in front of you, pointing across the wind. Put both feet on the board and in or near the straps.
Two ways of starting – water starting and beach starting.
Put the kite in neutral, then position the board in front of you pointing across the wind. Get at least your front foot into the strap taking care not to unbalance the kite. Next dive the kite through the power zone in the direction you wish to go. Note: the less wind the more aggressive the dive. To keep moving, keep the kite in the power zone and try to travel across the wind.
It is safer to learn water starts first. Using your harness to balance the kite in neutral when water starting will keep your head above water and minimize effort. Do not go beyond a safe landing area on shore. Give yourself plenty of room to reach this landing area, and never go out further than you want or can swim.