• Getting Air Racing in Squamish with VKS
  • VKS Kiteboarding at Canadian Nationals Squamish
  • Luca Keller at Kite Clash - photo by Jim Hegan
09th Jul2016

Wind Graph

by Colin

Warm weather is on the way – Contact Us to book your lessons today!

08th Aug2016

Questions & Answers

by Colin

Q: Are lessons done in a group or is it 1 on 1?

A: All ‘Individual’ lessons are just that: 1 instructor and 1 student. This is the fastest way to learn, as you’ll spend the most time attached to the kite.

The “Learn with a friend” option is 1 instructor to 2 students – you and the friend you booked with. With this option you’ll take turns on the kite, learning by watching each other and competing to see who gets it first!

Q: What will I need to bring for my lesson?

A: We provide everything you will need for your lesson, just show up ready to learn and we’ll take care of the rest! Please bring some light swimwear to keep on under your wetsuit, a towel to dry off afterwards and some warm clothes to put back on. If you have any of your own gear: wetsuit, booties, PFD or any kiteboarding gear, definitely bring it with you and we will use whatever works best.

Q: What does VKS provide me with?

A: You will be provided with an instructor, personal water craft, insurance, wetsuit, booties, gloves, life vest, helmet, waist harness, kites, kiteboards, bar & lines and pump. Complimentary water or pop will also be available. VKS uses brand new 2016 top of the line gear!

Q: What happens if I have a lesson booked and there is no wind that day or if the wind stops during my lesson?

A: We ask all students to check-in the morning of their lesson. If the forecast doesn’t look promising, the lesson may be rescheduled. If the wind stops during your lesson and there isn’t further safety or self-rescue training to cover, we’ll call time off and continue from where the lesson ended at a later date.

Q: What time do lessons start?

A: Lessons generally start at 10am and 2pm. Our beginner lessons are usually earlier in the day, with more advanced lessons later on. That said, you can request your own start time and we’ll do our best to make it work. All students are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes early for their lesson.

Q: Is there any part of the lesson done in the classroom or is there a set curriculum to follow?

A: Absolutely not! The whole lesson is conducted on the Spit and in the water. We tailor your lesson to your needs and abilities. Everyone is unique and VKS understands that each student will learn at their own pace and in their own way. Our instructors are experts at adapting their teaching methods to promote student success!

Q: How far is it from Vancouver to Squamish?

A: The drive takes about 1 hr from the Lions Gate Bridge. We recommend giving yourself 1.5 hrs from central Vancouver to allow for delays. Directions to the Spit can be found here.

Q: Where and when does VKS operate?

A: We run lessons any day that there’s wind! We are open 7 days a week from 10am until the wind stops. All lessons are held at the Squamish Spit from mid-May until mid-September. Directions to the Spit can be found here.

Q: Are there any other fees?

A: The Squamish Windsports Society (SWS) require all users of the Spit to pay a $20 day fee or purchase an annual membership. This is not included in your lesson purchase, and is to be paid locally to the SWS on the day. They accept cash and credit cards (not bank cards).
More information about membership, as well as many other kiteboarding resources, can be found on their website: http://www.squamishwindsports.com/

Q: This all sounds amazing! How do I book?!

A: The fastest way to book a lesson is through our Online Store.

Once you’ve purchased your lesson, send us an email at vkslessons@gmail.com with your confirmation code and book your date – it’s as easy as that!

20th May2016

VKS Kiteboarding School Squamish Location

by Colin

Here’s how to get to VKS Kiteboarding School in Squamish from Vancouver:

– Take the Sea to Sky Highway from West Vancouver towards Whistler.
– Once in Squamish, turn left at the Tim Horton’s on to Industrial Way.
– Turn right on Queens Way.
– Follow the road north and around to the left, taking you over 4 sets of train tracks side-by-side.
– 1 kilometer after the train tracks, there will be a sign on the right that reads: “Estuary Access: The Spit”. Turn right on the gravel road 50m after the sign.
– Follow the gravel road around to the left and drive to the end of The Spit. There you will see the VKS Silver Bus!


Kiteboarding Squamish VKS location

29th May2015

Wind report for kiteboarding Squamish Vancouver

by Colin

Forecast is for 31 degrees in Squamish today.

Pressure is neutral between Whistler/Pemberton and Lillooet this morning

with lower pressure in Vancouver. This has strong outflows for Howe sound

until pressure expels. Thermals will take a bit as morning humidity burns off.

Gradient looks good for a few hours this afternoon.

Surprisingly inflows exceeded 20 knots yesterday despite the strong outflows.

For the Spit today expect 15-20 with very warm temps!

Mainly higher tides all day

5:45 PM PDT  10.69 feet  Low Tide

Morning sunshine

20th May2015

Group Lessons

by Colin

Group lessons – Corporate Team Builders, Stags and Special Events

Get hooked on Kiteboarding – The water lesson…
This is a 3 hour lesson that will start with the procedures for rigging an inflatable kite, covering all safety systems, launching and landing, water re-launch, body dragging, self rescue, and water starts. You will be taught all of the methods that you will use to continue practicing safely and with the techniques that will assist you in progressing at a faster pace. By the end of this lesson you will be attempting to ride the board for the first time and you will be well on your way to being a safe and independent Kiter.

3 people – $250 for 3 hours/person
4 – 6 people – $190 for 3 hours/person
7 – 9 people – $170 for 3 hours/person
Please call 604 616 5350 to secure your groups booking

4hr Beginner Lesson – Become a rider…
This is a four hour lesson for the person who knows almost nothing about rigging or flying an inflatable kite. This lesson will consist of rigging, safety systems, launching and landing, self rescue, water re-launch, body dragging, and water starts. By the end of the lesson you will be confident in rigging, flying, and de-powering the kite!

3 people – $280 for 4 hours/person
4 – 6 people – $230 for 4 hours/person
7 – 9 people – $190 for 4 hours/person
Please call 604 616 5350 to secure your groups booking

2 Day Package – From Beginner to Pro…
This is the lesson for those who want to be up and riding as quickly as possible. This is a two day lesson that covers all aspects of kiting. Each day will consist of 4hrs of lessons for a total of 8hrs.

3 people – $450 for 8 hours/person
4 – 6 people – $370 for 8 hours/person
7 – 9 people – $330 for 8 hours/person
Please call 604 616 5350 to secure your groups booking

* All succession will depend on each individual student’s abilities.

For group rates call 604 616 5350 or contact