Kiteboarding St Petersburg offers jetski support when needed for kiteboarding lessons. Learning how to kiteboard with a jetski can save a lot of time and make the experience more enjoyable. It allows the instructor and student to get away from the crowds to focus on the specific skills like riding.
When to use a Jetski
A jetski is beneficial when you’re learning how to ride the board. When you get to the part in your lessons when you mix the kite skills with the board you want the least amount of distractions. Having other kiteboarders around can be intimidating and may impede your ability to learn. Using the jetski to get a safe distance away from other riders will allow you to be in your own element to focus only on riding the board. Whether its your first time learning how to ride the board or if you’re wanting to learn new tricks, being away from other riders will be safer and more enjoyable!
Depending on the location of your lesson, if it’s your first kiteboarding lesson then we wouldn’t recommend using a jetski. The beginner lesson is geared towards learning how to fly the kite proficiently. Your instructor will be next to you the entire time giving you tips and helping you develop the muscle memory you need to safely and proficiently fly the kite. The water where we teach is shallow and safe which allows to student to focus all their attention towards learning how to fly the kite. We teach the little tricks on kite control that will help you develop your skills quicker and safer from the very beginning. Check out one of our beginner lessons:
When using a jetski to get away from the crowds it’s easy to forget about everything else, which is why it is always important to remember to have situational awareness. One of the first things we teach in the beginner lesson is SEA (site, environment, activity). Safety for yourself and others is always the number one priority and when you are on your own we want you to be aware of your surroundings. Identify any potential hazards and make sure to avoid them. Be cognizant of where you want to be, use land signals to know if you are getting too far downwind. If you find yourself getting too far downwind, stop and walk back upwind.
Right of Way
A jetski is wonderful to teach students how to ride on their own or learn new tricks, but it does not give riders experience riding with other riders. Right of way is extremely important and focuses on keeping yourself and others safe. It never hurts to brush up on some right of way and common etiquette when kiteboarding.
Kiteboarding Right of Way and Etiquette
Using a jetski to teach people how to kiteboard can be a great tool allowing the instructor to to teach the student how to ride quickly and efficiently, however, it takes away from creating situational awareness and right of way rules. We will teach and quiz our students on these things to better prepare them for riding around other people. We are committed to teaching people how to kiteboard safely and proficiently, and under the right circumstances, a jetski can be a great tool for teaching.