Boulevard Zeezijde 3
2225 BB Katwijk
We organize kitesurf lessons under the name of Kiteschool Katwijk. Our IKO certified instructors have years of experience in teaching kitesurfing at various kite-spots around the world with all sorts of different students. Enthusiastically we’ll convey the passion for kitesurfing, keeping an eye on quality and competitive prices. You will get a lot of personal attention and we will take all the time in class. Kitesurfing on the open water with only the wind, a board and a kite at your disposal gives you a great feeling of freedom, it clears your head and you will live in the moment. Once touched by the virus of our sport it will be the only thing on your mind. Kitesurfing will continue to influence the rest of your life in a positive way. The beauty of our sport is that you can always make progress at any level.
Types of lessons and costs
We have a simple and clear choice between two kinds of lessons: a private lesson of two hours or a double lesson of three hours (you and one other student). In a private lesson you will get more personal attention and you can make progress quicker. In a double lesson you can learn from your fellow student and it is less intensive. The double lesson can only take place if we have two students of more or less the same level.
We are not the type of kiteschool that crams as many students as possible into a lesson and then offers a seemingly low price. This way you would end up with little time steering the kite yourself, while paying relatively more per hour connected to the kite. This is because only one kite is used in the lesson. There are only one or two students in our lessons!
Without any obligation you can decide at the end of the lesson whether you want to take follow-up lessons. No hassle with packages or other obligations. A single introductory lesson, multiple beginner lessons, advanced lessons, a refresher lesson, learning a particular trick, it's all possible within our two flavors of lessons. Of course students of all levels are welcome.
In consultation we can adapt lessons to personal circumstances. For example more people or more hours in the lesson.
We also teach kitesurfing on a FOIL board!!!! The experience of floating above the water silently is really amazing. You need to be a intermediate kitesurfer before you pick up foil-kiting.
The two-hour private lesson costs € 150,-
The three-hour double lesson costs € 110 per person.
The prices include the use of all necessary materials. Please pay cash or via our bank account after the lesson. Paying by debit card is not possible on the beach. Cancellation is free of charge up to 8 hours prior to the lesson. Too late? Please pay a cancellation fee of €40,-.
Structure of the lessons
We start by flying a small trainer kite on the beach. In the meantime we explain the theory of the weather forecast, the wind window and steering the kite. Once you control the trainer kite we quickly switch to an inflatable, larger kite, which we use for riding. We will discuss extensively the rigging of the kite, safety rules and systems (dumping the power), the launching and landing of the kite and the self-rescue.
You will learn to steer the kite slowly and to walk on the beach with the kite up in the air. As soon as you get it, we will go into the water and start to steer the kite quicker so that we build up power which we need for riding on the board later on. This is called downwind-body-dragging. Then we will work on upwind-body-dragging, returning to your lost board. Proper control of the kite is key before riding on the board.
As soon as the control of the kite is good, we will go to the board and teach you the water start, getting up. Now you will be making your first meters on the board. This is really wicked and unforgettable! Next step is more stable and longer kitesurfing runs.
Ultimately you want to be able to kitesurf upwind so that you can return to the same spot where you came from, called holding your ground. At this level, your stance on the board, riding in the surf and traffic rules are being discussed.
After this we can teach you changing directions, called the Transition. Then it’s time for lessons in tricks, such as jumping and rotations. Finally, you will ready for our FOIL lessons!
The pace of the lesson depends on your experience, progress and circumstances. To be able to kitesurf safely and independently requires an average of two or three lessons. Proper and consistently riding on the board takes about five or six lessons.
If you want to register for a lesson or receive more information, please feel free to contact us via the contact form.
Or contact us via Tel/Whatsapp: +31624957499 (Pieter)
The kite lessons are given by Kiteschool-Katwijk and take place at sailing club Skuytevaert on the south side of Katwijk aan Zee. Click on the link for directions.
See you soon on the beach!
Pieter from Kiteschool Katwijk