Top facts about kiteboarding

Are you keen to get kiteboarding in the TCI, but not sure where to start? Then this helpful look at the FAQs of kiteboarding with the Big Blue Collective is sure to be just what you were looking for!

1/. What is the best time of year to come to Turks and Caicos to learn to kiteboard?

There’s almost no bad time to learn kiteboarding in the Turks and Caicos. Visitors generally see our cool season as ‘peak’ time to visit, as the slight drop in temperature is very welcome (summer is very hot). There’s also less chance of rain or other disturbances. Favourable trade winds make November through June perfect for kiteboarding, however.

2/. How long will it take to learn to kiteboard in Turks and Caicos?

A lot less than you’d think! It takes 3-4 hours to get you on a board, and only 9-12 before you’ll have some confidence as an independent kiteboarder. That’s why our beginner’s course is structured over a few days. Of course, you’ll be honing skills and learning tricks for a lifetime, but grasping the basics is easy. You’ll feel confident in several days on the water.

3/. Do I need to be strong or fit to learn to kiteboard?

You don’t need to be an ironman! You’ll need a basic degree of fitness, though, as this is a workout for the core, arms and legs.

4/. Can anyone learn to kiteboard?

Almost anyone can learn to kiteboard. All you need is a basic degree of fitness, comfort with water and fun activity, a sense of humour, and a willingness to learn. Those with balance disorders may find the going rough, however.

5/. How hard is it to learn to kiteboard?

Learning to kiteboard isn’t hard per se, but there’s definitely a learning curve here. Bring a spirit of adventure! You’ll be practising coordination and balance, and learning to manipulate both the board and the kite. If you come with a relaxed mindset, good humour and a sense of adventure, however, you’ll soon be able to grasp a basic mastery. The finesse of the sport will come with practice over the years.

6/. I wakeboard/waterski/snowboard/skate..does that help me to learn to kiteboard?

Yes and no. Many skills will transfer over, especially regarding confidence in moving your body, balance and coordination. Even just a love of getting active in the outdoors! However, kiteboarding in the Turks and Caicos is a skill all on its own, and you will need to learn some exciting new skills to master it too.

7/. Should I take private lessons?

This depends entirely on you! Our small group lessons are always well controlled, with a great ratio of teachers to students. You’ll have a supportive environment to learn. But if you prefer one-on-one learning, or are a more advanced kiter looking to improve specific skills, you may like the intense focus of a private lesson.

8/. What ages can you learn to kiteboard?

Kiteboarding is for the young at heart! As long as you’re fit and able, you can learn to kiteboard. It’s also a great way for young ones to get an appreciation for (and love of) sport in the outdoors. Because there is a need for good coordination, as well as the ability to listen to instructions, it’s a sport that’s better for older kids. Don’t forget the Kids Kalama Kamp!

9/. Where is the best place to learn to kiteboard on the island?

Wherever our fabulous kiteboard instructors are, of course! Jokes aside, we base our beginner lessons in the bay because it has perfect learning conditions. Once you’re more confident, the sea is your oyster.

10/. Do you have male/female instructors?

Our IKO certified instruction team has both male and female instructors. 

11/. Is all the kiteboarding kit included in lesson price?

Yes, we provide you with the basic kit to learn to kiteboard with. 

12/. What should I bring with me to my lesson?

A calm mind and sense of adventure are a must. Bring all your sun precautions- a necktie, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, as the water reflects UV. We recommend wearing a rashguard to protect your shoulders, too. Stay hydrated, and bring the go pro for a selfie!

13/. What is a ‘good wind’ to learn to kiteboard?

When you kiteboard in the Turks and Caicos, there’s barely ever a bad wind! The strong, steady and predictable trade winds blow 10 months of the year.

14/. Do you offer package deals on kiteboard lessons?

Yes, we do offer package deals, so be sure to get in touch to discuss your needs

15/. Do you offer group lessons?

Safety is the number one priority in a Big Blue Collective kiteboarding lesson. While we do offer group instruction, you can rest assured we always have adequate instructors and smaller groups so you receive quality, safe instruction.

16/. What time of day is best to learn?

It’s less about time than conditions when learning to kiteboard in the TCI. Low tide is always optimal, as are great wind conditions. Low tide is generally late afternoon here, which is also a cool time of day. We will, however, advise the best times for the specific weather circumstances and time of year when you book.

17/. Can i rent kiteboarding equipment?

Yes, we offer a full range of quality equipment rentals.

18/. Is it dangerous?

There is risk in all adventure sports. Kiteboarding, however, is no more inherently risky than any other wind- or watersport, and the Big Blue Collective place great attention on ensuring safe conditions and thorough instruction through all our lessons.

19/. How can i book lessons with BBC?

There is a comprehensive range of packages available for immediate booking through our new website. You are also welcome to get in touch with us to discuss your needs, create bespoke packages, or answer any questions you may have.

20/. Do you offer advanced lessons/downwinders?

We most certainly do. If you’re looking to hone your kiteboarding skills beyond the basics, you are most welcome to look at our more advanced packages or get in touch directly.

There you have it! Everything you ever wanted to know about kiteboarding in the Turks and Caicos, all in one handy place. The Big Blue Collective looks forward to seeing you on the water soon!