"Perhaps the premier organization offering lessons and equipment is the Kiteboarding School of Maui."
2007 8th Edition, page 39
KSM offers private kiteboarding lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Our 1 student to 1 instructor arrangement has proven extremely successful and allows instructors to tailor lessons to individual learning rates and needs. Semi-private lessons are available upon request for friends or family members at 1.5 times the published private rates.
Beginner lessons and intermediate/advanced lessons commence at 11 AM. Students of every skill level can select single or multiple day courses. To become proficient as a Beginner Kiteboarder you might require more than a 1-day lesson. It takes time to master all the aspects of the course and getting up on a kiteboard could take 2-3 days of lessons.
(Note: Students with previous experience and without certification cards must demonstrate kite skills.)
Part 1: Introduction to Kite Control
At KSM, our students begin lessons on land with a 4-line Bow kite at one of Maui's beautiful parks - the same type of kite you'll use later in the water. You'll learn to correctly setup the kiteboarding kite and will practice flying in and out of the powerzone, launching and landing, and more. Further kite control mastery will be applied in Part 2. Time 1-2 hours
Part 2: Kite Control Body Drag
With the skills learned in the intro, you're ready to maneuver through the powerzone while dragging in the water. You'll practice body dragging upwind, launching the kite from the water, and self-rescue/self-landing skills. This is the phase where students develop and refine the necessary skills to become independent with the kite. Time 1-2 hours.
Part 3: Kiteboarding Water Start
After completing Part 1 & 2 or demonstrating your current skill level, you'll launch your kite and hit the water with board in tow. Your beach practice water starts will help you visualize what to do in the water and then actually start and ride. Expert feedback from KSM instructors allows students to maximize their time on the water in this intensive course. To become proficient as a Beginner Kiteboarder you might require more than a 1-day lesson. It takes time to master all the aspects of the course and getting up on a kiteboard could take 2-3 days of lessons. Time 1- 6 hours.
RATES ARE BASED ON INSTRUCTOR EXPERIENCE - Intermediate (INT) and Junior (JR)
1 Day Discovery Program (Equipment Included) :
- 1 Day/03 Hour course - Book now for $240 JR / $330.00 INT
- 2 Day/06 Hour course - Book now for $475 JR / $660.00 INT
Kiteboarding Camps/Lesson Rates (Equipment included) :
- 3 Day/10 Hour course - $795 JR / $950 INT
- 4 Day/14 Hour course - $995 JR / $1190 INT
- 5 Day/18 Hour course - $1295 JR / $1530 INT
Part 4: Kiteboarding Upwind
Take advantage of Maui's consistent tradewinds and KSM instructors' expertise to get you riding upwind. With the correct gear selection for your level and the conditions, and with feedback from KSM instructors, you will maximize your time on the water. Time 3 hours.
Part 5: Kiteboarding Transitions
Learning to make smooth directional changes signifies your move from beginner to intermediate level! Your instructor will kite with you and coach you on the water. Time 3 hours.
Part 6: Kiteboarding with Surfboards
Your instructor will help you make the transition from bi-directional freestyle riding to riding in the surf and will kite with you as you practice transitions and landing small jumps with a directional board. This course will open many new possibilities for riding in waves and in lighter winds. Time 3 hours.
- Lessons 4, 5, or 6 - 3 Hours - Book now for $270 or $90/hr
Part 7: Kiteboarding Freestyle
Whether it's kite loops, back rolls, front rolls, switched landings, grabs, or handle-passes, KSM instructors provide expert coaching! Advanced riders can also demo kites and apply 100% of the cost towards the purchase of a full price, current model-year kite. Time 3 hours.