Year-round, peak season is June to July
1-2 students per instructor
3 days (9 hours total)
All levels of kiteboarders welcome!
Shred the waves in the Dominican Republic’s kiteboarding hotspot
Located on the northern shores of Dominican Republic, Cabarete is a small fisherman village turned adventure-sports capital of the Caribbean. Consistent winds, big bays and radical waves make it a kiteboarding paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned rider looking for chops or a beginner ready to soar for the first time – Cabarete delivers. Join the ever-growing kiteboard community. Your instructor will help you achieve your kiteboarding dreams in the thrilling classroom of Cabarete!
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Beginner Kiteboarding Lessons
You know how to swim? Then, you can kiteboard! Progress from getting comfortable with a trainer-kite before body dragging in the water and riding downwind. You’ll get all this and more over three days, learning everything you’ll need to become an independent rider.
Wave Riding Kiteboarding Lessons
If you’re a Level 4 IKO kiteboarder, Cabarete’s crystal waves are a must-ride! Book your lessons, hop on a directional board, and watch how the pros do it. You’ll master your kite, combine it with board control, and understand how to make the wave work for you. For these lessons, you must be able to: jump, power jibe, jump transition, recover another rider, and understand weather and tides.
Advanced Kiteboarding Lessons
If you feel at home on your kiteboard and you’re a Level 3 independent rider, this is the next challenge you’re looking for. With advanced kiteboarding lessons, you’ll learn how to master tricks like back-and-front rolls, blind riding, first jumps, jump transitions, boosting, board-offs, board grabs, and downloops. Get ready to railey or crush your first unhooking on Cabarete’s exciting waters.
Things you need to know
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
Why should I take kiteboarding lessons?
Gliding through the air, while wind and waves rush past you sounds heavenly, but trust us, it feels even better! So don’t blame 57hours when you get addicted.
Kitesurfing is fun and it’s a great workout. Everyone can do it, no matter your previous skill level with any water sports — you pick your own pace and the guides will find conditions you feel comfortable in. And no, you can’t fly away! The equipment is designed to move with you. It will seem like you’re flying, which is the best part. If you ask us, there’s really no reason not to try Cabarete kiteboarding!
What you get in this adventure:
For all kitesurfing lessons and clinics, you’ll be paired with an experienced certified IKO instructor. All the technical kiteboarding gear you need is provided for beginner lessons. If you bring your own gear for advanced lessons, the price decreases.
The three-day kitesurfing beginner clinic includes nine hours of lessons:
- 3-hour land lesson
- 6 hours of kiteboarding lessons on the water
The three-day advanced package includes nine hours of lessons:
- 9 hours of mastering preferred skills with an instructor
Wetsuit and booties are mandatory to wear during lessons as protection from the sun and green flies, but they are NOT included in the price. Both are available to rent for an additional fee.
What should I bring to the beach?
Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water, snacks and good vibes — your guides will take care of the rest. If you have your own kiteboarding gear, let us know during the booking process and price adjustments will be made.
What if I’ve never kiteboarded before?
If you’re new to kiting, lessons will benefit you immensely. Technically, all you need to know to kiteboard is how to swim and how to stand on the board, but it’s much more doable if an instructor teaches you about the weather conditions, selecting a proper launch site and gear. An instructor will make sure you’re safe while you get the hang of it, and will teach you the skills needed to progress quickly and get you out there on your own in no time.
How many lessons until I learn to kiteboard?
Kiteboarding requires a combination of patience and motivation. You actually need to learn two sports: board riding and kite flying, so give yourself plenty of time to do it properly. All students progress through lessons at their own pace, but for most it takes an average of nine hours to grasp the fundamentals.
What's a typical lesson itinerary?
The three-day beginner kitesurfing clinic includes nine hours of lessons:
- 3 hours on land, where you’ll learn about wind, weather and flying power kites.
- 3 hours in the water, reviewing basic concepts taught on land. You’ll learn how to do controlled directional body drags, re-launching kites in the water, self rescue, and possibly get up on a board!
- 3 hours in the open water with the constant company of your instructor. This is your big chance to get up on the board and ride off into the sunset!
The three-day wave riding and advanced package includes nine hours of lessons and will be catered to your specific goals, objectives, and skill level.
How fit do I have to be to kiteboard?
The only thing your instructor will expect from you is that you know how to swim. Of course, being in good shape helps. Strength isn’t a necessary component to successful kiteboarding. It’s all about the technique, which is why it’s the perfect sport to lake lessons as a beginner.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
While there is not necessarily a minimum age to kiteboard, there are minimum requirements, such as height, weight. If you’re travelling with minors, let us know the youngest ages in your party prior to booking and we will let you know if it’s safe for them to get on the water.
What about group sizes and pricing?
Group sizing is generally small, with most lessons being conducted one on one with an instructor, or in groups of two. If booking in groups of two, cost decreases per person making it the perfect opportunity to learn with a friend or partner. If your party is larger than two, let us know and we will make accommodating arrangements.
For beginner lessons, gear is included. If you bring your own gear for advanced lessons, the cost starts at $390 for nine hours of lessons per person. If you require rented gear, advanced lessons cost $790 for nine hours of lessons per person.
Can I book a single lesson?
Yes! You can book single day lessons for all skill levels. Contact us to arrange a single 3-hour private or group lesson.
What if there is no wind?
On average, 20 out of 30 days in Cabarete are windy, but you’ll find plenty of alternative activities and on rest days! Lessons are subject to wind conditions, and despite instructors’ best forecasting efforts, sometimes fickle wind requires lessons to be called off. In this case, your remaining hours will be rescheduled to a more favorable day. If no such arrangement can be made, you will be issued a refund for the remainder of the time you did not use.
All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your instructor prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.
Getting there and meeting location
Flying into Puerto Plata (POP) is the fastest and easiest option, which is a short 20-minute cab ride from Cabarete. You’ll meet your instructor at Cabarete Kite Point Kiteboarding School.
Be sure to arrive about 15 minutes early so you can check-in, put on a wetsuit and start your lesson on time.