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Kiteboarding School in Premier location.
Progress Kitesurf is located in the best place on the beach just at the beginning of the kiteboarding teaching area and still in Cabarete Center.
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The lessons are structured in 3 parts with 2 main steps in your kite training – first on the sand and then in the water.
This kitesurfing lesson is the first step to accelerate your learning curve and stay safe. This begins by using a beginners trainer kite, this will help you to learn the basics of kite handling. It is important to practice flying the trainer kite until confidently able to pilot around the wind window, hover the kite, steer it right and left, followed by launching and landing the kite appropriately. It is a key skill for your progression.
Lesson 2 concentrates on water action. This kitesurfing lesson allows you to experience the true power of the kite. This helps enable your technique, creating a better balance in the water. This will require learning how to pilot the kite without using the board.
This day will start with beach theory which will communicate the requirements needed to know how to make a safe water start. When first attempting a water start it is common for most students to struggle but with continuous practice you will achieve it. Even people with sporting experience can sometimes struggle to coordinate all of the movements but once put to practice you will be successful.
Kitesurfing Learning Stages
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The challenge to learning kiteboarding is that it requires the overlap of important conditions such as appropriate weather, the right level of personalized instruction, a safe location and good kiteboarding equipment. We have put together our organization with these challenges in mind so that your experience will be as enjoyable as possible.
- Set up the kite
- Determine the wind direction upwind and downwind.
- Fly a small kite on the wind window edge.
- Fly the small kite in the power area without crashing it.
- Position the kite on request from 9 to 3 o’clock on the wind window edge.
- Pilot hooked to the harness with one hand.
- Relaunch the kite from the water.
- Go away from the shore (with side-shore and side-on-shore wind) while body dragging.
- Perform a downwind course by body dragging and using the power of the kite.
- Come back to the shore using the power of the kite.
- Water start theory.
- Water start simulation on beach.
- Stand up on the board.
- Short rides.
- Down Wind Rides
- Edging the Board
- Short Up wind Rides
- One Hand on the Bar
Progress Kitesurf Testimonials
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A perfect Kite surfing school for a complete beginer!
I want to thank Yohan and Alan for the great experience going to Progress Kitesurf. Being a Safety professional I was very impressed with the emphasis given to safety during the training. It let me know I was dealing with professionals that really care about their students and the good of the sport. My instructor, Alan, was patient and paid close attention to everything I was doing. He is obviously very experienced as an instructor and even though he does it every day he maintained an enthusiasm that was very encouraging. The price for the training was the best I saw after comparing 3 of the kite schools. Progress offered a package deal for multiple lessons that could not be beat. Anyone thinking about attempting the sport for the first time should not hesitate to sign up at Progress Kitesurf, I could not recommend them more highly! Thanks again, John
Excellent experience, fun
Excellent kite surfing lessons, focus on safety and very fun environment. Great for all ages. All professionals very well prepared and have a great teaching process.
Great Kitesurfing experience
Very professional school and the lessons given by Yohan were perfect as he was really patient and he adjusted his methods and lessons to make me an independent kiter. The school location is also one of the best as it's in the city center. I highly recommend Progress Kitesurf.
I BIG thank you to my amazing kiteboarding instructor Andrea as well as the rest of the crew at Progress Kitesurfing. During my week spent in Cabarete I attended a 3 day (2 hours per) beginners lesson. The instruction was very safety oriented, contentious and attentive at all times. By the end of the 3 days I can almost (so close!) stand up on the board. I was really hoping for a 4th or 5th day but the wind just didn't cooperate those days. Note to other travelers - don't pass up a good wind day (as I did) because you're not guaranteed those everyday. Although I didn't shop around prices or services at other locations; we did walk the beach everyday and noticed the lessons given elsewhere. Based on what I saw, I know we made the right choice at Progress and look forward to coming back in the future to continue my training. Excellent kite surfing lessons, focus on safety and very fun environment. Great for all ages. All professionals very well prepared and have a great teaching process.
Relaxed, friendly & professional.
I have taken classes elsewhere, as had my friends, and on comparison Yohan and Alan at Progress really marked a difference. I was a complete beginner but Progress really was made, and fast. My friends, on hearing how much Alan & I covered in just 1 class, were peeved they had gone with another school. Alan was patient and very clear in his explanation of technique and theory- an excellent teacher with French, perfect Australian English (what a place to perfect your English!) and Spanish. Unfortunately we ran out of wind before I could complete the course, but Yohan was happily offered those missing classes anytime I come back to Cabarete. Which I will. Highly recommended.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the most common airport options to flight to Dominican Republic - Cabarete?
You have mainly three options to fly to DR - Cabarete with Santiago (STI), Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Puerto Plata (POP) airports. We highly recommend POP which is the closest airport to cabarete with only a 20 minute drive. Other airports are Santo Domingo which is 4 hours away and Santiago 1.5 hours.
What should I bring to a lesson?
The only things you need to bring with you are tee shirt, sunscreen, water, inexpensive sunglasses and the willingness to learn an exciting new sport.
How many lessons do I need?
The average person can get up and ride within 3 to 5 days, this generally translates into between 6 to 12 hours for lessons.
How old must I be in order to start kitesurfing lessons? What about minimum weight?
Kitesurfing is taught to children starting from the age of 12. Some begin even earlier with constant supervision. Physical condition rather than weight is taken into consideration but a general rule is around 35kg minimum.
Are lessons necessary, after all, I surf, windsurf and wakeboard?
Lessons are essential to safely practise the sport, not only for yourself but also for the safety of the general public. A kiter losing control of his kite can cause serious injuries and even death to himself and others.
How much does the equipement cost?
The price will vary greatly based primarily on the newness of the gear you choose and also on the size.
kiteboarding kite ($800 - $2,000)
kiteboarding board ($400 - $1,000)
kite control bar and lines ($300 - $600)
harness ($150 - $300)
What size kite should I buy?
Your first kite should be between 8 and 13 meters, depending upon your weight and the wind strength where you plan on kitesurfing.
Should I look at new or second hand equipment first up?
The decision to buy new or second hand is determined by your budget. New gear comes with a warranty and you will always be safer than with older pre-loved gear. In addition new gear comes with the latest in safety technological developments and flying characteristics. For the budget conscious, the 2nd hand market is alive and well but much of the kites are performance driven and less suitable for beginners.
Do I have to be in great shape to kitesurf?
No. Being in good shape will help but people of all shapes and sizes can enjoy the thrill of kitesurfing. However being able to swim and being comfortable in the water is mandatory.
Do I need to be able to swim?
Yes – kitesurfing is a water sport and once you are up and riding, you may find yourself in the water, out of your depth. If you are not yet confident in the water, we suggest you start with just land-based kite flying until you are able to improve your water confidence.
Is kitesurfing difficult?
Kitesurfing is a very easy sport to learn and like any other extreme sports, it can be perillous. If you try flying a power kite without prior understanding of the way they fly you will not handle the kite in the event of something going wrong. A proper lesson with experience and certification is all it takes to get the basics and you can progress on your own once we get you started.
We’re here to help and want to hear more from you!
Progress Kitesurf Address
Cabarete Beach, Cabarete, 57000
+1 809 696 4718