You want to master the elements and discover the amazing sport of kiteboarding? You want to know how fast you’ll be able to enjoy the awesome feeling of riding the wind? You are at the right place to get answers from an expert!

Let’s start with How long does It take to learn how to Kiteboard?

There are a few factors which must be considered before it can be determined exactly how long it will take you to learn to kitesurf effectively and consistently.

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A few factors to consider:

Fitness level: In every sport, the most dedicated participants set up a routine, focusing on strength building, muscle toning and stretching exercises that directly translate to better performance and that applies to kitesurfing. Now, kitesurfing on its own improves your overall fitness of course, however a basic fitness level is expected before you begin kitesurfing and that means having good-acceptable aerobic conditions and sufficient core muscle tone; if you are lacking heavily in either, the time it would take you to learn how to kitesurf effectively might become a little prolonged.

Learning & Mastering the Basic Skills: Learning, practicing and mastering the basic skills of any sport is the foundation for good, consistent performance; here is where the quickest jump in the learning curve occurs however mastering the basics should not be overlooked just because it may seem easy. For a kitesurfer, getting to know the rules, how to handle the kite, knowing the waters, the winds, and the right kitesurfing spots etc. is basic knowledge that no kitesurfer can do without.

Quality of your instruction: Always look for a certified IKO instructor; your IKO Instructor will help introduce you to the sport and teach you about the various safety rules and skills before going into the waters. Because they’re certified, they go by the universally accepted rules and techniques of kitesurfing. Learning on your own or from a non-certified fellow kitesurfer might just unnecessarily extend your time to master the sport correctly not to mention the possibility of risk involved. 

Frequency of your sessions: You might consider a flexible program that accommodates to your time schedule. Good kiteboarding schools deliver courses to fit every need with dedicated instructors. Now, I couldn’t anticipate exactly how many sessions it would take you to learn effectively how to kitesurf, that depends on your dedication and follow up with the classes. 

Wind and water conditions: Kiteboarding is wind-dependent so this could cause delays when you are learning how to Kiteboard. Kiteboarding can be practiced all year long in Florida nevertheless the best season is always spring-summer time when the best conditions come together: sun, wind and waters. 

Ok, so you now know about a few general factors to keep in mind that will set the pace when you’re learning how to Kiteboard. Let’s talk now about the estimate real time that will take a Kiteboarding course at Wind Addict Miami.


FIRST LEVEL approx. duration 4 hours

This course will be 4 hours long: 2 sessions of 2 hours each (on average) depending on the student’s knowledge and/or weather conditions during the course, spot configuration (flat? shallow? waves…); this will give you a Level 1 certification.

There is one-on-one instruction with all the necessary gear included, with a certified IKO instructor and the safety of a qualified team and latest equipment in the beautiful Biscayne Bay; it’s one of the best places in South Florida to practice kitesurfing with an exclusive Miami view.

The IKO Instructor will give you the necessary introduction to the sport and teach you various safety rules and skills before going into the water; the safety training will teach and show you how to assess the wind and physical location, as well as show you how to properly manage the equipment, the set-up and control of the kite.


SECOND LEVEL approx. duration 6 hours

This course will be 6 Hours total; 2 hours (average) depending on the student’s knowledge & weather conditions.  During the course, the student will learn spot configuration (flat? shallow? waves…) and will get a Level 2 certification.

This level is meant to improve your technique with IKO certified instructors, they will give you real time tips and support to explore the full potential of the power of the wind. Here you will learn how to: use the power of the kite to perform body dragging in all possible directions, relaunching your kite in the water, self-rescue, recovery of your board and master the most valuable technique of kitesurf which is sail alone.


THIRD LEVEL approx. duration 10 hours.

This course will be 10 hours, 2 hours per session/day depending on student’s knowledge, weather conditions during the course, spot configuration (flat? shallow? waves…); completion of this level will give the student  a Level 3 certification.

On this course, your IKO Instructor will show you how to ride upwind, toe-side and will help you focus on higher skills like controlling your speed by edging, changing direction without stopping, self-launching and self-landing safely. As an independent rider, you’ll be able to ride on your own and rent equipment anywhere you go kitesurfing.

After the lessons, it then takes additional time to practice what you’ve learned in order to master the levels in the sport.

Average times for practice:

Discovery 10 hours to practice the Basics – Safety, theory, equipment set up, kite flying, body dragging & an introduction to the board & first rides.

Intermediate 11 to 25 hours to Improve – This is where prior experience starts to tell, some people will now get up and ride easily where others will need more perseverance.

Independent 26 – 50 hours – Full Out Riding! Progression really accelerates with riding in both directions, linking turns together, keeping upwind & looking good.

Mastering a skill 50 – 100 hours – Becoming better at first tricks, jumps, toeside carves, & rotations.

The above list are only estimate times; some people can master the levels faster or slower. The best way to speed the process is by booking your Kiteboarding course today and follow up on your practice!

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