With 15 years of experience we provide comprehensive kiteboarding lessons that ensure your safety and success. Our instructors are certified under either PASA, IKO or both. Our lessons cover all the material in both the PASA and IKO manuals plus some of our own curriculum to ensure you receive the most thorough instruction possible. If you are new to the sport our 3 step progression training system will safely guide you on your journey to becoming an independent kiteboarder.
Progression Training Course
Our progression training system takes you from never having flown a kite to riding left, right, up-wind, down-wind and being able to return to the same point you started from. We have developed a series of land and water drills that have been proven to get students up and riding quickly and safely. Our course teaches you how to self-launch, self-land, self-rescue and other emergency safety procedures so that when you are done you can confidentially and safely kite on your own. In addition, we will show you how to identify safe kiting spots and conditions and how to select the right gear to build a quiver of your own.
Step1: Learn to Fly
A combination of theory and learning to fly using a small training kite on land.
If you have experience kiting but are struggling with going upwind, or want to learn how to jump, we also offer intermediate / advanced coaching session. We can teach on our gear or if you prefer to use your own gear that is fine also. Contact Us for details and pricing.
Coordinating lessons in Ontario can be difficult, especially when the wind does not co-operate. We offer destination lessons either with one of our instructors or with a local instructor that we have worked with in the past and can vouch for their capability. Destination lessons can be the quickest most effective way to becoming an independent kiter and you get to learn in a beautiful exotic place. However, not all kiting destinations are conducive to beginner lessons, so we have identified and personally visited several spots that have all the necessary ingredients to get you to self sufficiency. Contact Us to inquire.
"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."
The best way for students to learn and progress is in shallow water with no waves. Waves and deep water add a significant level of risk and complexity that hinder the students ability to learn and ultimately take much longer to progress. This does the student a dis-service. It would be like learning to ski on a double black diamond run -- it will take longer and can potentially be unsafe. There are only two locations in South-Western Ontario we feel meet the shallow and flat water criteria and these are the only two places we will teach beginner lessons.
Once you are ready to book contact us and we will put you on an active student list and contact you when lesson spots become available. You may request to be removed form the list at any time.
All students must sign a waiver prior to any instruction. Those under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian sign their waiver.
Lessons are wind and weather dependent so we will monitor the forecast for suitable conditions and notify students on the list up to 5 days in advance of a potential lesson day.
Lesson spots are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Just let us know if you want to reserve that spot.
To reserve your spot you must pay in full no later than 48 hours before your lesson start. If you do not your lesson spot will be offered to someone else.
If you wish to cancel your lesson after it is paid we will try and find a replacement. If we do not find a replacement you will be charged a 50% cancellation fee and refunded the remaining 50%. If we do find a replacement you will be charged a 10% administration fee and we will refund 90%.
Missed lessons are 100% non-refundable.
If you are late we do not guarantee that we will make up the time, but if we can, we will.
If the forecast changes anytime right up until the start of the lesson you will receive a full refund. Your instructor will evaluate the conditions before the start of the lesson. If they are not suitable he/she will cancel the lesson and issue a full refund.
Once you have reserved a spot you cannot cancel based on weather conditions. The spot is considered reserved. However if we asses the conditions to be inappropriate we will cancel and issue a full refund.
If the forecast changes during the lesson the remaining time will be added onto a future lesson but no refund will be given.
We will refuse, cancel or end a lesson for any student under the influence of drugs or alcohol or in any condition that may jeopardize their own safety or the safety of others.
We will refuse, cancel or end a lesson for any student exhibiting inappropriate, aggressive, violent or offensive behavior. This includes disrespecting the property of residents or other kiters. We expect our students to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times. If you are an adult we do not mind colorful language as long as it is not discriminatory, racist or offensive -- we're here to have fun and have a great experience on the water.
If a student enrolls in the progression course the instructor will evaluate their performance and determine if they are ready to move to the next step. The instructor may also revert to previous steps if the student is not performing well and will benefit from more practice.
If a student with prior experience wishes to enroll in the progression training system at Step 2 or 3, we will accommodate them only on the condition that if at any time the instructor feels they are not ready performing at the appropriate level they will go back to whatever level or step is appropriate to ensure proper safety and efficient learning.
Lessons can be physically and mentally draining. If Instructor may end the session at any time if they feel that the student's safety is compromised or they are making negative progress. If possible the Instructor may at his or her sole discretion add any unused time to future lessons.
Conversely if a student is doing well and is safe, the instructor may wish to keep going. There will be no extra charge.
If a student needs to end a lesson early for whatever reason the time will not be credited and they will not receive a refund. It is important to be well rested, nourished and protected from the elements.
If an Instructor needs to end a lesson for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the student, the student will receive a credit towards future lessons.
Generally speaking, 10 years old is the minimum. There is no maximum but it does depend on your health and ability in general.
Are there Weight Restrictions?
Between 80 lbs and about 300 lbs.
Do I need to know how to swim?
Yes. We do give you a life jacket and you will be in shallow water but you should know how to swim in order to kite.
Can I kite if I have physical disabilities.
Many people with physical disabilities are able to kite. You should be in good health overall and be able to move around in the water and on land comfortably, but the best thing to do is call us and we can discuss your individual situation and see what we can do to make you a kiter.
Does it take a lot of balance, athleticism or strength?
No it is surprisingly easy to kite and the harness holds all the weight - the bar is just for steering. Almost anyone can kite. If you go to any kiting beach you will see a wide range of people.
How many hours or lessons do I need to learn to kite?
It depends, everyone is different. Some students will stop taking lessons before they reach certified independent status and go buy gear and practice on their own - our instructors can always tell you if they feel you are safe and skilled enough to begin practicing on your own. Other students will take lessons until they are certified as Independent kiters before going out on their own.
What does it mean to be certified as an independent kiter.
Generally speaking, to be independent you have to be able to kite upwind and return to the same spot you launched from and be able to self-rescue. You can then get an IKO or PASA certification that let's you rent gear or you can pass a skills review from a rental center.
At this stage we advise that you buy gear and practice on your own at a beginner friendly location until youo develop enough skills to begin kiting in deeper, more challenging locations. We can always do a quick follow examination to see how you are progressing and advise when you are ready for more advanced locations.
We also like to teach our students to self launch and self land under instructor supervision as part of their independent kiter qualification so that they are more prepared for a variety of situations down the road. Most schools will not include self launch and self land under basic training.
How Long are the lessons?
Lessons are 3 hours long and broken down into either morning or afternoon. Studies have shown that students are not able to learn, retain and progress after about 3 hours.
You can take a full day lessons which consists of two 3 hour lessons but you will need a 1 hour break in between to grab some food and give your mind and body a break. Be aware that 3 hour lessons are grueling enough and not everyone will benefit from a full day lesson, but if you have the focus, constitution and stamina for a full day then it is a great way to learn quickly and take advantage of favorable wind conditions.
Can my friend/parent/girlfriend/family member watch or film?
We have found that a non participant is a big distraction and does a dis-service to the student and the instructor, therefore we do not allow observers to be close to the student during the lesson. We don't mind if they sit on the beach a safe distance away form the student and take pictures or film but they should not be in the water, or close to the lesson or providing comments/advice etc.
Do I need a wetsuit?
It depends on the time of year. You must wear the right clothing for the conditions. In Ontario we wear wetsuits, booties and gloves in varying degrees usually until early/mid July and start again at the end of august. We increase thickness or layers the colder it gets. We will advise of water and air temperatures at time of booking. Remember when the wind blows it is usually a bit colder than it would normally be during that time of year.
If you have a wetsuit you should bring it. We have some spares but not enough to accommodate every size.
If you are looking to buy one or have further questions just message us and we will advise you.
Do I need water shoes?
Yes. Shoes are an absolute must. You will need to invest in a pair of water shoes or booties. We recommend booties as they will not come off whereas water shoes can and often do.
Is there homework?
Yes, we will sometimes give you things to read and videos to watch or drills to do. In addition you will likely have lots of notes from the first day to read over. People that study on their own usually progress a lot faster than people who just show up to a lesson unprepared.
While we encourage you to watch lots of videos and read lots of websites on your own, please remember that your instructor is the trained expert, no matter how good the videos you saw were. What they say should always tale precedent over anything you watch or read on your own. That is because they are dynamically adjusting their lesson and feedback based on what they are observing of your progression and any issues you might be having. Watching videos and reading can prepare you but it really helps to re-enforce the lesson more than prepare you for it. During the lesson you will benefit most from being present and in the moment.
If you do not do any home work and just show up you will still learn, but the people who learn and progress the quickest are usually the ones that have the most dedication.
Can I practice alone?
It is best to ask your instructor for what drills you can do or how you can practice alone until you are ready. You should not buy an inflatable kite and practice alone until your instructor advises you that you are safe to do so.
Should I buy a Trainer Kite?
Absolutely. In the early days it was often mandatory to do 10 hours on a trainer before moving onto an inflatable kite. A Trainer will help you progress, but ONLY if you use it correctly. Even though trainers are easy to use and fly I generally recommend you wait to use your trainer until after your first lesson. The instructor will show you how to safely and effectively use your trainer with drills that will help you with the big kite. Just flying a trainer without structured drills can teach you some bad habits that will complicate your ability to progress on a 4-line inflatable kite.
When used effectively the trainer helps you to build muscle memory and confidence as we steadily progress to bigger and bigger kites.
Plus a trainer is always a great just to fly for fun or introduce your friends and loved ones to this sport. I always say the best date is flying a kite.
However if you've owned a trainer for years and watched lots of videos we still recommend you take the first lesson. That is when we cover a lot of theory and introduce skills that we build on. It would be like showing up to an algebra class having skipped basic arithmetic just because you know how to add 2 + 2.
How soon until I am up and riding?
This depends on you. Some schools advertise that they will get you riding the first day ... but that doesn't make you a kiter, it just sets you up for injury. Our job is to make you a safe and independent kiter.
How long that takes depends on you, some people do that in 3 lessons some in 10, most around the 4 to 6 range.
We want to get you to the point where you can buy gear and safely practice on your own. From there you will be "practicing" for the rest of your life. Every day kiting you will learn something new and get better. This sport has no pinnacle.
I have lots of Snowboarding and surfing experience will that help.
It may help you in terms of athleticism, endurance and body mechanics but skateboarding is only 5% about the board and 95% about the kite. The better you are at flying the kite the better you will be at riding a board.
Your coach-ability is the other big factor in learning to kite. The more you listen and focus the faster you will progress.
At which point do I stop taking lessons and go out on my own?
Your instructor will advise when they feel you would be safe to go out on your own. We recommend you stay with us until you are able to go upwind .
You can also take lessons until you are comfortable. There is nothing that says you have to stop at a certain time.
Also you can take an intermediate or advanced lesson at any time. Many students come back after going out on their own to do a learn to jump lesson. That one is always fun!
What if I took lessons elsewhere and want to start in the middle of your progression course?
No problem. We may during the lesson backtrack or go over some things if we feel you have holes in your game or want to evaluate certain skills to make sure you are safe to progress. We are very dynamic in our approach and we will adjust our lessons to suit each rider, skill level and past experience to give you the best training possible.
What gear do you teach on?
We only use top of the line all-round kites just like what you would buy as a beginner. Our kites are 2018 or newer so you have the latest and greatest. We also do not use "school" kites. While there are some advantages to a school kite we like to train you on real world kites so there are no surprises when you buy gear and find they fly differently.
Can I save money on lessons if I bring my own gear?
No, we only use our gear as it is certified and guaranteed to operate well and help you learn quicker.
If you have gear we can advise you if it is modern and how safe it is but we will not teach the first few lessons on your gear.
Once you have had a few lessons and can water start on your own we will teach you on your gear if it meets a certain level of safety, but we do not offer discounts to teach on your gear.
What gear do you recommend I buy?
During the course we cover gear selection and quiver building. We will recommend both kites that we carry and kites that we do not. We will give you honest, no nonsense advice and tell you what gear to avoid at all costs.
Can I buy form you after the course?
Yes our students qualify for special discounts and packages. We only sell quality gear and we will not partner with a brand whose gear we cannot 100% vouch for.
Why do we not practice a big inflatable kite on land?
This can be a dangerous thing. A lot of new kiters mistakenly think it is safer to practice on land or do so to avoid driving to a distant shallow water spot, but this is just risky and often results in injury. Everything we do is based on years of experience and industry knowledge and best practice. We do it to make sure you learn safely and effectively.
Do you teach with foil kites?
We only use foil based trainer kites. For water lessons we feel inflatables are best for new kiters and foil kites are for advanced kiters or for specific use cases?
Do you teach snow kiting or land boarding? Will snow kiting lessons help me?
No we currently do not. Snow kiting will help you develop kite skills that could help you to kite on water but if you wait a long time between snow and water lessons those skills can fade. We have found snow kiters do not always translate into good water kiters and we like to teach you from zero to hero in the water.
Plus we also feels landing o snow and ice is not the same as landing on water.
What if i damage the equipment?
If you damage the equipment during regular use and under your instructors tutelage that is not a problem, we will take care of repairs and we have spares to continue.
If however you damage the equipment because of reckless behavior or not listening to the instructor and doing your own thing then you are responsible for all damages or replacement costs. But to be honest we have never seen that happen. Students in our experience have been amazing and we have a great time and don't worry if something breaks throughout a normal lesson. It's very rare anyways because we use modern gear and always inspect and maintain it.
Will you show me how to setup, put away, inspect and maintain gear.
Yes, we will. We will also show you how to tune your equipment. We will show you everything you need to know and answer any questions you have on these or any other subjects to ensure you are a safe and independent kiter.
Once I am done the course where and when can I kite?
During the course we will teach you location assessment and show you resources that help you with wind and weather forecasting.
We will also provide you with a list of spots and a progression road map to show you where you should kite and under what circumstances and when you are ready to progress to other spots.
We will also be there to give you a "check out" and advise when we think you are ready for more advanced spots.
Do you offer lessons packages?
Yes, we will soon be publishing various packages to help you save money if they are not already there.
Do you offer group discounts/tours?
Yes we are working on setting up group trips and either offer lessons ourselves on the trip or work with a local school for lessons.
We do offer local discounts or group rates depending on the numbers... contact us for details.
Do you offer travel packages with lessons?
Yes, contact us for details.
Can you advise of travel destinations with good kite schools?
Yes once you take a lesson with us you are "in the club" so to speak. We look out for you and will always give you advice on good spots and schools.
"In The Club?"
When you complete your lessons we give you special access to a members only section of our site for student and member only deals and special offers.
We also give free advice for life.
We will also keep an eye on you when we see you at the local kite spot and tell you when we think you are ready for more advanced spots.
And we will give you tips here and there to help you progress.
And we will let you try and demo our various kites and gear.
We will also introduce you to other kiters and instructors in the community and recommend various Facebook groups and such. Sometimes we even have parties and special events that you are invited to.
Our students are our friends and family so yes once you sign up with us, you are "in the club".
Once I complete my lessons can I ask you for tips and advice?
Do you provide supervised riding lessons?
Maybe, contact us and we can see what is best based on skill level and what your needs are. Sometimes we may recommend a full lesson. Sometimes we will ride along side of you and offer on water, in-flight coaching. Sometimes we will just keep an eye on you and make sure you are safe.
Do you offer loyalty rewards or referral benefits?
Yes we give a $50 Cash gift for anyone you refer that takes at least 3 lessons. We do the same for gear/equipment referrals. The amount varies based on what they buy.
Do you offer gear to demo or try before I buy?
Yes but this is always limited to kiters who are certified as independent riders.
Do you offer gear rental?
Yes but this is always limited to kiters who are certified as independent riders.
Do you offer gear repair services?
If it's a quick on site fix we can hep with that but if its a major repair we refer you to the experts and you deal directly with them. We do not take a cut or act as a middle man, we just advise you who is good.
Do you offer deep water lessons or hydro foil lessons?
It depends, contact us to discuss.
Can you teach me at a different spot?
It depends, contact us to discuss.
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