Turks and Caicos Activities

Alpha-Omega Kiteboarding Experience

Kiteboarding is one of the fastest growing and most exciting watersports today. If you have ever wondered what it might be like to skip over the waves, our Alpha-Omega Kiteboarding Experience is perfect for you.

From Beginner to Expert

With a little time and dedication you could go from beginner to expert and become an International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) Level 3 rider on your next vacation. And if you already kiteboard, but are looking to get more enjoyment out of the sport, we can help.

The Somerset on Grace Bay has teamed up with Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding (TCK), the #1 Kiteboarding School on the island to help you achieve your dream. As a guest of The Somerset you will receive exclusive discounts on your professional training.

Similar to SCUBA certification, the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) Certification program provides all certified persons with an IKO Kiteboarder card that can be presented anywhere internationally to prove your kiteboarding level for future lessons and kiteboarding equipment rental.

Kiteboarding Packages

Kite Mudder (3-½ hours)

$350 per person

This introductory course consists of an introductory land lesson including wind theory, practice with the trainer kite, safety, setup, launching the big inflatable kite and safe landing technique.  You will then go straight into the water to practice with the big kites and work on kite handling skills.

It should be noted that after such a short introduction to the sport you would likely not be at a level where it would be safe to practice on your own after afterwards.

If you wish to continue taking lessons, you can join either of the IKO Certification Packages below, having already completed Day 1.


Level 2 IKO Certification Package — 3 Days (9 hours)

$800 ($165 off our regular price)

This package includes 9 hours of group instruction spread over 3 days with a maximum instructor to student ratio 1:3.

Day 1 (3 hours): “The Essentials on Land” (1-½ hours)

  • Wind theory and wind window
  • Trainer kite flying
  • Setup and rigging of kiteboarding equipment
  • Safety
  • Safe launching and landing

“Water Ready” (1-½ hours)

  • Kite handling
  • Body dragging (using the kite to power you through the water)
  • Upwind body dragging
  • Power strokes
  • Water relaunching the kite
  • Board starts
  • Right of way in the water

Day 2 (3 hours): “Kite Control”

  • More body dragging and kite control
  • Upwind body dragging
  • Power strokes
  • Water relaunching the kite
  • Board starts
  • Right of way in the water

Day 3 (3 hours): “Up and Riding”

  • Kite control
  • Consistent power strokes and water starts in both directions
  • Downwind riding in both directions
  • Upwind riding technique

At the end of Day 3, you will be assessed again by your instructor and receive an IKO International Kiteboarder Card documenting your Level achieved. The average student is able to achieve IKO Level 2 Certification, and be able to safely practice in low tide conditions with the supervision of an instructor.


Level 3 IKO Certification Package — 5 days (15 hours)

$1,200 ($265 off our regular price)

This package includes 15 hours of group instruction spread over 5 days with a maximum instructor to student ratio 1:3.

Day 1 (3 hours): “The Essentials on Land” (1-½ hours)

  • Wind theory and wind window
  • Trainer kite flying
  • Setup and rigging of kiteboarding equipment
  • Safety
  • Safe launching and landing

“Water Ready” (1-½ hours)

  • Kite handling
  • Body dragging (using the kite to power you through the water)
  • Upwind body dragging
  • Power strokes
  • Water relaunching the kite
  • Board starts
  • Right of way in the water

Day 2 (3 hours): “Kite Control”

  • More body dragging and kite control
  • Upwind body dragging
  • Power strokes
  • Water relaunching the kite
  • Board starts
  • Right of way in the water

Day 3 (3 hours): “Up and Riding”

  • Kite control
  • Consistent power strokes and water starts in both directions
  • Downwind riding in both directions
  • Upwind riding technique

Day 4 (3 hours): “Consistency”

  • Water start consistently in both directions
  • Consistent downwind riding in both directions
  • Come to a controlled stop in the water
  • Change directions by stopping

Day 5 (3 hours): “Upwind and Toeside/Switch”

  • Go for controlled rides in both directions
  • Work on transitions — changing directions without stopping
  • Control speed by edging
  • Learn proper upwind riding technique
  • Learn to ride toeside/switch

At the end of Day 5, you will be assessed again by your instructor and receive an IKO International Kiteboarder Card documenting your Level achieved. The average student is able to achieve IKO Level 3 Certification, and be able to safely and independently practice on his own.


Premium Level 3 IKO Certification Package

$1,750 ($265 off our regular price)

If you would like to continue with private lessons after the first three days, you can receive one-on-one instruction for Days 4 and 5 with our Premium Level 3 Certification Package.

This allows you more time to practice on the kite and the undivided attention of your instructor which is very valuable at this stage for progression to independent riding.


Per Person Pricing

  Regular Somerset
guest
Group of 5 Group of 10
Kite Mudder Intro $350 $333 $315
Level 2 IKO Cert $965 $800 $760 $720
Level 3 IKO Cert $1,465 $1,200 $1,140 $1,080
Premium Level 3 IKO Cert $2,015 $1,750 $1,663 $1,575

 

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