How Long Does it Take to Learn Kiteboarding?
It depends on the individual student and the weather conditions. On average, it takes 8 to 12 hours to waterstart and ride in both directions, without cutting corners on practicing safety procedures.
This includes building proper safety and technical foundations that will allow students to continue to ride confidently and progress in safe conditions for themselves and others.
As an IKO affiliated training center, we are very committed to turn you into a safe and independent kiteboarder.
Do you need to be an athlete?
No. While some kiteboarders are impressive extreme athletes, it is not necessary to be one to learn and enjoy kiteboarding. You only need to be in reasonable shape and good health with no medical condition that would prevent you from practicing watersports. Age is typically not a limit for active, healthy individuals.
Do I really need lessons?
Yes. While many people have learned by cutting corners, being taught by friends or using online resources, for the vast majority of them the result is underwhelming and potentially dangerous for themselves and others. With the exception of a few gifted individuals, this approach leads to much slower progression, increased frustration and unsafe riders usually easily recognized on kite spots.
Kiteboarding is generally safe when practiced responsibly and not particularly difficult to learn but there is no question that it can be extremely dangerous in the absence of proper training.
Wind, weather & best seasons ?
In the Northern Bahamas, the windiest season runs from October to April/May with winds averaging 14-17Kts, which is ideal for learning. Passing winter fronts may also bring stronger winds in the 18-25+ Kts range.
May-September brings lighter winds, with few days suitable for 'regular' kiteboarding but perfect for Kite Foiling.
What Should I Bring?
- Sunglasses suitable for watersports ('surf' style, with proper straps securing them to the head)
- Beachwear (boardshorts, rashguards with SPF protection, windproof neoprene top or shorty or wetsuit in winter depending on your sensitivity to cold).
- Flip flops (or Water shoes - optional)