Frequently Asked Questions
Is Kiteboarding Easy?
Yes and No. Kiteboarding is a very technical sport and with the proper instruction, you could be riding within your first few lessons in Squamish, BC Canada. Naturally, there will be some frustrating patches, such is when you are faced with a difficult new task. Kiteboarding is a progressional sport, and as a Kiteboarder, you will always get better and learn new things every session.
Can I teach myself?
Learning on your own can be dangerous and impossible at the Squamish Spit, Squamish, BC. Learning the proper kite skills and the many safety features of the kites will allow you to kiteboard safely. In addition, teaching yourself can be frustrating and often leads to bad habits. Self-taught riders often damage their kites while learning and, as a result, spend more money in the long run then they would on lessons. Lastly, there are many different kite companies, however few produce quality performance kites. Having the opportunity to spend time with an experiences rider and Aerial Kiteboarding instructor in Squamish, BC, will provide you with better knowledge about kiteboarding equipment as well.
Where do I go for my lesson?
All summer lessons are held in Squamish, BC Canada. Aerial Kiteboarding runs lessons from our downtown location, located at 37813 2 Ave, Squamish, BC. Once suited up and ready to go, we walk 1 block to our Squamish boat launch, close to the Squamish Yacht Club, and head out onto the water. You will launch your kite from our boats in the Howe Sound, or from a sand bar if the tide is low.
What do I need to bring to my lesson?
For your lesson, you will need a bathing suit and a towel. We do also recommend that you bring a bottle of water, a sweater, and some comfortable shoes.
Please DO NOT bring mobile phones or other non electronics. Squamish Watersports ltd accepts no responsibility for damaged electronics brought on to lessons.
If you have your own wetsuit etc please feel free to bring it. We have a policy no wetsuit thinner than 5mm will be allowed on to lessons, for your own enjoyment and comfort. However in early season (March-May) we strongly recommend a 7mm wetsuit which we can provide.
What happens if there is no wind for my lesson?
As kiteboarding is a wind dependent sport, it does happen from time to time that we need to cancel lessons due to wind. Aerial Kiteboarding will always send a final confirmation for your lesson the evening prior to your appointment. If we anticipate a no wind day, we will cancel your lesson. If your lesson needs to be cancelled at any point due to wind, we will invite you back to complete your lesson at another time.
How do I purchase my lesson?
If you are interested in purchasing a lesson with Aerial Kiteboarding in Squamish, BC, you can do so with a credit card or paypal account directly through aerialkiteboarding.com or any associated website. If you are not sure what lesson program is best for you, give us a call at our toll free number 1-855-5MY-KITE or email us at and we would be happy to guide you through your decision.
What time do you open?
Our Squamish office is open from 8am to 10pm from the end of March- November. Our lesson run from 9am to 9pm (weather dependant) from April 1 to September 30. Throughout the year, Aerial Kiteboarding School & Shop does run lessons and camps abroad so we ensure that we are available for any questions or inquiries via email.
Are there any additional cost?
For all lessons purchased directly through us, there is no additional fees and all gear rentals are included.
What is the cancellation or rescheduling policy?
Lessons must be cancelled or rescheduled at least 48 hours prior to your lesson or your lesson may be voided. Since kiteboarding is a wind dependent sport, we are limited to the hours in the day where Mother Nature provides us with sufficient wind. Giving us a 48 hours notice gives us the opportunity to fill your time slot with another interested student.
Lessons purchased in a previous year are non-refundable but are fully transferable to either another student or as credit in our shop.