April 2021 Lessons Update
Spring is here! The water is warm, water temperatures can be found here, and the wind is consistent. This is the perfect season to learn kiteboarding. Warm and consistent winds make for fantastic learning conditions. We are currently giving lessons from complete beginner to advanced riders. For scheduling and to stay updated on the wind forecast fill out the form below or give us a call at 774) 249-8062
You do not need to be strong in order to kiteboard! Its all about finesse and not strength.
Kiteboarding St Petersburg focuses on kiteboarding lessons throughout the Tampa Bay area. Lessons are available seven days a week.
Kiteboarding lessons can be scheduled seven days a week. We work with your availability and when it’s windy. Lessons are first come, first serve. If you have certain days or times of day that work best for you, let us know. We’ll add you to our calendar and approximately four days in advance we will do the exact scheduling based upon the wind forecast.
We do not require money upfront to be on our calendar. Payment is done after the completion of each session based upon the duration of the session. Last minute cancellations (cancellations within 24 hours of a scheduled lesson) will result in a nonrefundable $120 fee. Last minute cancellations takes away from the time another person could be learning. There is no fee for cancellations due to weather changes or medical emergencies.
What Makes Us Unique
We create safe and independent kiteboarders. What makes our school unique is that all of our instructors are IKO certified (International Kiteboarding Organization) and are professional riders. These qualifications enables us to better teach kiteboarding so you learn quicker and safer. We teach in waist deep water away from other riders to create a safe and stress-free environment. We utilize jet ski support and the latest Cabrinha gear. Everything we do is focused towards providing the highest quality lessons. Our goal is to provide students with the tools to safely and proficiently kiteboard on their own.
We are proud to be one of the few IKO Kite Centers in Florida.
About Our Lessons
We structure kiteboard lessons in a step by step process set in place by IKO. Each step builds from the previous step and is focused towards creating safe and independent kiteboarders. We focus on the fundamentals so that even after your lessons you will continue to progress fast and safe on your own!
Transparency is important
Our goal is to make safe and independent kiteboarders. We want your time with us on the water to be as efficient as possible. We teach as quick as you progress. Our theory is that preparation makes great students. Before taking a lesson you can review the steps we go through in our Beginners Guide. The more prepared you are, the quicker you will learn. If you demonstrate excellent kite control, then you can get to the board in your first lesson.
What a Typical Lesson Looks Like
Everybody learns at a different rate. Kiteboarding is a sport kids to older adults can participate in. You do not need to be fit to learn how to kiteboard. We take pride in working with a variety of different people from kids to adults in their 70s and 80s. Some people have no experience with watersports. Other people have a variety of different experiences. We will work with whatever experience or lack of experience you have to get you kiteboarding in the most efficient way possible. Most people learn to kiteboard in 4-12 hours. When you reach out to us, we will come up with a plan specific to you.
Session One: No Previous Experience
Lesson Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Cost: call for pricing
The goal of the first session is to develop good fundamentals for kite control. 70% of learning how to kiteboard is kite control. The better your kite control is, the quicker and safer you will learn how to kiteboard. What you can expect in your first session is about 15 to 20 minutes on the beach. We will go over safety, basic kite control and situational awareness. Then we will go into shallow, waist deep water away from other kiteboarders and will begin our on-the-water training. We teach in a step-by-step process as quick as you progress. All the steps can be found on our beginners kiteboarding guide. A goal for the first session is to be proficient with power strokes. A fast learner can get to the board in their first session.
All the gear is provided (specific Cabrinha kite models or boards can be requested). A second person or third person can be added for $40 additional person. Read more about your first few hours kiteboarding.
Session Two and Three: Riding
Lesson Duration: 2-3 hours
Cost: call for pricing
The focus on your second session will be waterstarts. Waterstarts can be the most challenging stage to learning how to kiteboard. What makes us unique from other schools is our technique we use in coaching at this stage. There are a few key components that will make waterstarts easier and safer. Once waterstarts are consistent, the focus will be on riding upwind. This is your golden ticket to being able to kiteboard on your own. When you begin riding upwind, we’ll coach you through transitions and right of way A second or third person can be added for $40 additional person.
Final Sessions: Independent Rider
Lesson Duration: 1-2 hours
Cost: call for pricing
The final sessions are focused on making you an independent kiteboarding and have the confidence to kiteboard around other people. These sessions are custom fit to you. Our goal is to keep you safe and feel confident to kiteboard on your own.
We are affiliated with Watersports West. When you take lessons through us we can provide additional discounts on gear.
We will provide you with the skills and knowledge to safely and proficiently kiteboard on your own! And when your lessons are completed, we provide you with an IKO Card that proves you’re a kiteboarder.
We offer advanced lessons for the following:
- Boosting: Learn More Here
- Hooked in tricks
- Unhooked trick
We can help you break through to the next level! Give us a call or email to learn more about our advanced lessons:
Day rental, all gear is provided, must be able to prove to be a proficient kiteboarder (can successfully go upwind/ downwind and be able to transition). $120.
Jetski Support – additional $10 per hour
Gopro Footage – $20 per session video
More About Kite Lessons
Who Can Kiteboard? Kite Myths On Age Limits
Want to Check Out a First Lesson: Student Spotlight
One Reason to Learn How to Kiteboard: Find Out Here
Is Kiteboarding for you? Click Here
Common Misconceptions: Will You Get Blown Away
Common Questions: Click Here
The Wind Window: Learn More Here
For scheduling and availability give us a call or send us a message.