Want to Learn How to Kiteboard?

We’re looking forward to yet another exciting year of kiteboarding lessons in Ontario. For our 9th year we’ve expanded our teaching staff, refined our lesson programs for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students and added weekends Kite Camp for the ultimate experience. As the only kite school in Canada with a resident pro rider, KiteRider continues to offer top quality instruction on the latest 2012 gear from Best and DaKine.

Check out our lesson program and pick what suits your needs best. Then give us a call to take your skills to the next level.

Why you should take lessons

Kiteboarding is an extreme sport that can be fun and safe if you take the right precautions and use the equipment correctly. Learn how to kiteboard using the latest safety gear, procedures and techniques.

Equipment Education
There are so many types of kites and boards available today for different conditions and riding styles. Our school is a great place to learn about the multitude of equipment available and what equipment is best suited to you and your skill level.

Save Money
You will save more money by taking a lesson than you would trying to learn on your own. Why trash your new equipment when you can take lessons using our school’s kites, boards, and accessories?

IKO Certified Kiteboarding Instructional Program

Kitesurfing is the fastest growing watersport in the world. With proper training and equipment, you can experience the freedom of riding with the power of thw wind. You don’t have to learn how to surf, you just need an open mind to learn this new and exciting sport.

We employ an instructional program certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) taught by IKO qualified instructors.

Our goal is to teach all our students to be able to kiteboard safely and autonomously. The IKO program is sectioned into different skill levels that can be achieved by students during their learning process. After the lesson, students are evaluated and certified with an IKO Kiteboarder Card stating their level. By presenting this card (similar to a PADI card for SCUBA diving) to any IKO center worldwide, the student can continue their training, rent equipment suited to their level, or receive discounts on goods and services.

IKO Program Summary

Discovery Kiteboarder Program

The best way to discover Kiteboarding!

Discover Kiteboarding and elevate your water sports experience! The IKO Kiteboarding programs are designed to help you learn in a safe way. Your IKO instructor will respect your rythm and take you through all the steps to reach your goals.

Your level will be certified with your IKO Kiteboarder Card at the end of your lesson, or you can move on to the next level of riding!


Kiteboarder Level 1:

Level 1A

Can determine safe conditions for training site and is able to identify hazards through a spot assessment.
Can set-up the trainer kite* (inflatable or foil). Understands and can simulate use of its safety systems.

*a kite that doesn’t have enough power to make the student fall
Level 1B

Can launch and land the trainer kite with an assistant.
Can demonstrate basic flying skills with trainer kite: control the kite on the edge of the wind window and use the powerzone and specific flying patterns on request.
Can twist and untwist the lines while flying and is able to walk and change directions with the kite flying.
Level 1C

Can set-up 4/5-line kite with a full depower system including pre-flight checks and ground handling.
Understands and can use the international communication signs.
Can assist for launching and landing. Can launch and land the kite to an assistant (4/5-line depower kite).
Level 1D

Can control the kite hooked into the harness, understands the depower system and can use the safety systems.
Can demonstrate advanced flying skills with the depower kite (foil or inflatable that can easily be relaunched from the water), showing full control of depower systems in flight.
Can recover the bar and kite, can perform kite self landing.
Level 1E

Can enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite.
Can water relaunch a kite.
Can perform first bodydrag.

Intermediate Kiteboarder Program

Once you complete this program, you will start riding on the board. You will be ready to continue to the next level of riding and become an independant kiteboarder!

Kiteboarder Level 2:

Level 2F

Can bodydrag downwind showing an understanding of the correct kite position in the wind window.
Can show change of direction to the left and right when bodydragging, using correct kite positioning.
Can recover the kite and bar in the water.
Level 2G

Can recover board by bodydragging.
Can bodydrag one handed and use the board to bodydrag upwind.
Can enter and exit at the same point body dragging.
Is able to demonstrate the power stroke as for a water start.
Level 2H

Can demonstrate an understanding of weather forecast, tidal- and wind effects.
Can determine the wind strength, direction and quality.
Knows the right of way rules.
Level 2I

Knows how to set up a board and ability to choose the right type for specific conditions.
Knows safety rules and theory for water start.
Is able to choose and maintain riding direction.
Independent Kiteboarder Program

Once you have completed this program, you will be able to start jumping and you will be a truly independant rider! Kiteboarding is a sport that is easy to travel with, so go explore different locations, water surfaces and wind strengths! Check the list of IKO affiliated schools to choose your location!

Kiteboarder Level 3:

Level 3J

Can put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for the water start.
Can water start in both directions.
Level 3K

Can ride a short distance.
Control the riding speed and stop.
Level 3L

Can ride amongst other riders and water users respecting the right of way rules.
Is able to change direction without stopping.
Level 3M

Can ride in any direction on request.
Can demonstrate a self-rescue and full pack-down in the water.
Snow an awareness and assessment of the risks for the area.
Is able to self launch.
Level 3N

Knows the theory and the safety rules for jumping.
Can demonstrate and land a basic jump.
Frequently Asked Questions

Are your instructors certified?
All our instructors are certified by the IKO and /or PASA . We are also certified for First Aid and CPR.

What do I need to bring?

Suntan lotion
Rash guard/boardshorts
Wetsuit (spring & fall)
Sun glasses
Camera (optional)

Can I get a kiteboarder certification card?
Yes, we follow the IKO program which is a progression of skill levels 1, 2 and 3.

Do you conduct lessons year round?
The water lesson season in Ontario is from April to October. During this time we receive consistent winds needed for conducting lessons. Although you may see people kiteboarding in the fall and winter, the wind during this period is too cold and inconsistent for us to be able to schedule and conduct effective lessons.

How many hours is your lesson program?
Our lesson program offers numerous opportunites to meet the needs of beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Students can pick from single day lessons to multi day kite camps. See our lesson program for more details.

Can I complete the beach and water sessions on same day?
It is possible to cover both sessions on the same day in our popular One Day Beginner’s special. However most students prefer the 2 day Weekend Beginner’s package to become competent enough to be certified at one of the 3 IKO kiteboarder levels. Previous trainer kite experience is recommended.

How many students are there in a class?
We usually pair 2 students with 1 instructor. We feel that this is the best ratio for safety as well as learning. During the lesson, the 2 students will learn faster by watching and assisting each other. As the lesson progresses, the instructor will do less and less and the students will do everything on their own.
What can I do before the class?

Fly a trainer kite to learn flying skills we can get one to you. This gives you such a head start and you can do it when ever you have time.
Keep yourself in good physical shape
What equipment do you provide during the lessons?
We will provide trainer kites & 4-line inflatable bow kites in small sizes (5m, 7m, 9m) for land training, 4-line inflatable bow kites in larger sizes (12m, 14m, 16m) for water training, twin-tip boards, impact vest (optional) and helmet.
What happens when you are scheduled for a lesson?

Meet in Sauble Beach at our KiteRider shop on Main St.
You will need to fill out a liability wavier. We do take a %10 deposit to secure the booking.
We accept only Cash or VISA (sorry no debits or MC, AMX)
call us to check wind conditions the night before 519-422-3962
Depending on the conditions of the day …if there is no wind you do not pay.
Can I use my own equipment during the lesson?
For our lesson program, we usually use our equipment which has been tested to be safe and easy to learn on. After completing the course, you may choose to take private lessons to further your skills on your own equipment.

Will I be able to kiteboard after taking the course?
During our lesson program, we will try to cover all of the skills necessary to become a safe and independent kiteboarder. After the course, about 75% of the people can demonstrate the necessary skills and can go on to purchase their own equipment and practice on their own safely. However, some people may require more time to develop their skills and additional lessons may be needed.

Where do provide your lessons?
We provide our lessons at Sauble Beach or Oliphant.

What time do lessons take place?
Lessons usually start at 11:00 am depending on the wind. We will check the weather forecast the morning of the lesson and let you know when it will start.

What days do you offer lessons and how do make a reservation?
We offer lessons everyday there is enough wind. Lessons are usually booked up several weeks in advance so plan ahead. To book a lesson, a $100 deposit per person is required to hold your space. If there is not enough wind on the day of the lesson, the lesson will be rescheduled to another day.

What do I need to bring for the lesson?
We will provide all the equipment and safety gear you need during the lesson. For the beach session, you should wear comfortable beach clothes, hat, sunglasses and footwear. For the water session, you may need a wetsuit depending on the time of the year. Wear plenty of sun block since you will be spending a lot of time in the sun.

I am an accomplished wakeboarder. Will I be able to pick up kiteboarding really quick?
Although a wakeboarding background is helpful, kiteboarding is 90% kite control. You have to learn the skills necessary to safely control the kite.

Do you rent kites or boards?
We provide kites and boards for our students during a lesson. We cannot rent equipment without the supervision of an instructor.

Are there age limits for learning?
No. We have given lessons to students as young as eight, and as old as 70.

Does it require alot of upper body strength?
A fair amount of upper and lower body strength is nessessary, but there is more finess than strength needed to learn.

If you still have questions you can contact us at 705-326-9470 or daniel@kiterider.ca.