Q: Are lessons done in a group or is it 1 on 1?
A: All private lessons are 1 instructor to 1 student ratio. Unless the student has booked the “learn with a friend” package. Then it would be 1 instructor to 2 students who know each other. The “kiteboarding class” and “group lessons” are conducted as a class then split into smaller sub groups.
Q: What will I need to bring for my lesson?
A: For your lesson you will need to bring a pair of thick sweatpants and a thick long sleeve sweatshirt. This is to wear under your dry-suit. Fleece works well also. Thin Lycra is not sufficient. If you have a wetsuit 4/3 or thicker this will work. If your lesson is 2hrs and under a thinner wetsuit will do.
Q: What does VKS provide me with?
A:You will be provided w/ instructor, Personal water craft, insurance, dry-suit, booties, gloves, life vest, helmet, waist harness, kites, kiteboards, bar & lines and pump. complimentary water or pop will also be available. VKS uses 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: VKS always asks the student for a check in call the morning of your lesson, if the forecast doesn’t look promising the lesson is called off and rescheduled for a later date. If the wind stops during the private lessons, it’s timed off and continued from where the lesson ended at a later date. The Kiteboarding class is continued and finished.
Q: What time do lessons start?
A: Lessons generally start at 10 am and 2 pm. Typically our beginner lessons or longer lessons start in the morning and our advanced lessons start in the afternoon. Although you can request your own start time!
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 the lesson to the students needs and abilities. Every student is unique and VKS understands that students will learn with different methods and at a different pace!
Q: How far is it from Vancouver to Squamish?
A: The drive takes about 1hr from the Lions gate bridge. “Depending on traffic” VKS recommends giving yourself 1.5 hrs from central Vancouver!
Q: Where and when does VKS operate?
A:VKS Conducts lessons any day that there’s wind! We are open 7 days a week from 10:00 am till the wind stops. All lessons are done at the Squamish Spit from April till Oct.
Q: Are there any other fees?
A: The SWS requires a $20 day fee or an annual membership for any user of the Spit. Even though you are with the kite School this is a separate fee and is processed separately. Please bring the appropriate payment for the SWS to your lesson.
Q: I wanna book now!
A: The fastest way to book a lesson is:
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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
Very Strong outflows for Howe Sound this morning.
Environment Canada not calling for inflows today.
Inland temps reaching highs of 35 degrees.
This should overpower the outflows at some point today but expect lighter winds
due to the low pressure.
For the Spit expect 10-15 knots with a very late start.
4:35 PM PDT 10.03 feet Low Tide
Early inflows, started at 7:00 am. Still some clouds from overnight
This is a good sign for strong steady inflows.
For the spit expect 20+ knots.
2:52 PM PDT 8.11 feet Low Tide