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IS OUR BEGINNER COURSE – You have the
choice of a 2-day Course: Includes 3 hours of instruction
per day, use of all equipment, boat support, drink and
snack plus the KiteHouse goodie bag OR a 5-day course:
Includes 2 days of one to one instruction followed by
3 days of assisted riding and instruction, use of all
equipment, boat support, drinks, snacks and goodie bag.
Lets face it, Key West is a great place to come and
learn or ride. Most people will tell you that you need
lessons by the hour or couple of hours. We have been
teaching since 1999, thousands of students. You will
need 8-9 hours to be up and going one direction and
the other direction SAFE.
The word safe is the key word here. You need to build
a confidence in kite flying skills as well, you need
to develop muscle memory. That way you will react without
as much thinking, and your skills will become subconscious.
We teach in a friendly safe environment. What direction
is the wind blowing in Key West? WHO CARES! Its an island
we can go to any side and get the wind. We also train
instructors for PASA so you know you are getting experience,
plus we like to do things at night too. So if you want
to use the latest gear, use a boat to get around, have
fun and enjoy your vacation you can take our 2-day course
or make it the whole week.
REMEMBER - never buy gear until after you have had
a lesson, you will be wasting your money!
THIS IS OUR
INTERMIDIATE COURSE* - You have the choice
of 2-day OR 5-day course. Both include assisted riding
and instruction, use of equipment, specific training
for getting on the board, upwind drills, turning, independent
kiting, boat support, drink & snack.
THIS IS OUR ADVANCED COURSE**
- This classed is geared after Paul Menta the
founder of The Kitehouse. Riders learn to jump, do flips,
transitions, kiteloops, and any trick they would like
to do. We set goals and progress you as you ride for
RIDERS – We
also invite any Riders to come out and ride using our
equipment. This inlcudes drink & snack, but no instruction.
*Intermediate riders must
know self rescue, upwind body drag and be able to ride
in both directions.
**Advanced riders must be able to stay upwind in both
Example of a 2-Day Class
- Student understands the wind window and can demonstrate
where neutral, landing zones, power zones, and key
points off the window are. Understands too little
and too much wind.
- Student understands how to steer a kite and correct
body movement and positions, and is able to show use
the safety system before flying the kite. Can activate,
and restore safety.
- Correctly preformed pre-flight check for kite solo
launch:, firm bladders, bridles untangled, flying
lines untangled, bar is free from tangles and obstructions,
safety system in good working order. Un-hooked launch.
- Student can secure area is clear of people, objects
and understands a good and safe launch area, and rules
of the road.
- Student can maintain the kite in neutral can land
the kite assisted, and launch back to neutral slowly
- Can perform the following kite flying tasks: neutral,
landing, self launch, fly right side power zone, left
side power zone, fly hooked in (not on land), activate
the safety system, land tack left, land tack right.
- Student can simulate and perform a water re-launch
of the kite on land or shallow water in 2 positions.
- Student can use safety system and roll up lines
while kite is disabled as if they landed the kite
in the water and preformed a self-landing.
- Student can show self-rescue and assisted rescue.
- Student can perform body drags in a series where
they can only go left and then only go right. Can
cup and twist to correct body position
- Student can body drag up-wind hooked in on both
sides. Can retrieve board by dragging for it.
- Student can set up a 4-line kite and perform preflight
check, not using the de power loop.
- Student can simulate a water start in shallow water,
in a sitting position.
- Student understands how to take twists out of lines
while in the water.
- Student can put board on (no leash)
- Student and instructor do assisted water start,
and first movement on the board.
- Student does solo water starts, and is able to stand
up on the board.
- Student stands up and is able to continue powering
the kite with good body position.
- Student and instructor have set goals and reviewed
kite and boards sizes for where they will ride in
- Student has passed a test given by the instructor
should book any necessary flights into Miami. You then
have the choice of catching a connecting flight down
to Key West (40 mins) or renting a car and driving (3-4
hours). Driving is the most economical way. We also
have a shuttle from Miami for 75.00 that brings you
directly to us.
Its always a good idea to bring a rash
guard (if not, we sell them), water shoes (booties)
can kiteboard no matter which way the wind blows. Warm
water, palm trees and water so clear you can see the
bottom. All gear is included. Click on the image to
the left for a map of the boat pick-up location and
MAP & DIRECTIONS TO MARINA
We use Cabrinha
kites and we keep other demo kites in stock to try out.
We use Cabrinha
boards and other custom brands made for us.
The Kite House belongs to the following associations.
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For hotel and guest house reservation help, visit Key
Waters - Shallow, warm waters with an average year
round water temperature of 74 degrees. Winds - average
10 - 15mph and there are generally a couple of days
a week with 20mph winds. Being an island means that
whatever way the wind is blowing we have a suitable
spot to kite.
here to download a printable sheet to take with
We will take you to the back country, ship wrecked boats,
white sand bars, and flat flat water. Great for a snorkel
snorkel, diving, kayak, eco tour, dolphin watch, sunset
cruz, and more...
This is one of the best party spots anywhere. You won't
believe your eyes. There are over 120 bars on a 4-mile
long by 1-mile wide island. Every night's a party on
the island, with lots of choices depending on your personal