Frequently asked questions
What is OneKiter?
OneKiter is a network of independent kite instructors in New York area. With no physical locations, we cut all fixed costs to give you the best coaches at the best price.
Where does OneKiter operate?
We are now operating in Brooklyn, Long Island, Connecticut and the Hamptons.
How do I book a kiteboarding lesson?
Lessons can be scheduled via email (email@example.com) or on our website
We require a booking fee of $50 per person, which can be paid via PayPal or Venmo.
The booking fee is included in the cost of the lesson and it is fully refundable if the weather is not suitable for a lesson.
Is the gear included with the lesson price?
Yes, we provide everything that you will need to learn. You will need to have your own wetsuit and booties.
Don't you have one? We got you a 10% discount with our partner Warehouse Wetsuits (largest retailer in the US at very affordable prices) with the promo-code ONEKITER.
Can I reschedule a kiteboarding lesson?
Yes, if you need to change your scheduled start time, you will need to call us at least 24 hrs prior to rescheduling.
If the forecast doesn’t look promising we will try to contact you to either change the time or to reschedule for a later date of your choosing.
What happens if I have a lesson booked and there is no wind that day or if the wind stops during my lesson?
We rely on nature providing wind for the lessons but it doesn’t always produce and sometimes when it does it’s too much.
For most lessons a minimum wind speed of 10-15 knots is required. For student safety all lesson activities stop when the wind gusts exceeds 30 knots.
If the wind dies during the lesson or the lesson needs to be called off by the instructor for any reason, the hours remaining will be done at a later time that same day if possible or at a later date.
What will I need to bring for my kiteboarding lesson?
Your desire to learn to fly! You will also need to bring a wetsuit and booties. It’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen and a bottle of water.
Why is OneKiter cheaper than regular kiteboarding school?
We leverage on an efficient online booking system, decreasing fixed costs (no offices, no overhead costs), shared logistics and transportation, and economies of scale (partnerships with brands, insurance coverage) which allow us to decrease the price tag for the students and AT THE SAME TIME increase per/hour instructor remuneration for the best quality lessons. Quality of the lessons, safety and customer experience are a top priority for us and we will not accept any compromises there.
Do you have to be strong to kiteboard?
You do not have to be as strong as most people think you need to be to kiteboard.
Anybody able to run short distances or go to the gym can do it. Because you wear a kiteboarding harness that you hook into the kite with, which takes most of the load. Your arms are only there to steer and control the kite, not to hang on for the ride.
Being in shape helps, but you did not need to be a great athlete to kiteboard. The kites involve a lot more finesse than strength to control. You do not have to be a bodybuilder to hold onto the kites because you have a harness that takes all of the pull.
How hard is it to learn?
Kitesurfing takes the desire to learn and time in the water flying the kites. The more time you spend flying the kites, the better your kite control will be which will ultimately allow you to progress your board skills. We have taught people of all ages and abilities.
How much does a complete package cost?
Kites complete with the bar and lines cost about $1000/$1500 each depending on their size. Boards start at $350/$450.Then you need a wetsuit, a harness, and a jacket for another $250. Totalling $1600 to $2200 new.
However, now there are many great deals on last years stuff, or packages that come complete for under $1200. There is also lots of used gear available, of all conditions and ages.
These years used kites may be found at 40-50 percent less than its new price. And a complete used setup a year or two old may be as low as $600– $1000. Beware when buying gear more than 3 years old and make sure the gear is beginner friendly.
Never buy kites heavily used or from before 2010, as they are not safe.
How many lessons do I need?
Learning how to kitesurf is a slow progression. You will get better with proper instructions and learn new things every session. The average student will usually be able to start riding for a short distance after about 9 hours of instruction and ride consistently after about an additional 5-10 hours of additional instruction or self practice.
How long does it take to learn?
It really depends on you! Most students will get on the board and be given the opportunity to ride in the second hour of water lessons. Students that come in with board skills (windsurf, wakeboard, snowboard, surf, skateboard etc) easily adapt once getting to this stage. Sailing, windsurfing, or stunt kite experience also accelerates the learning process. None of these backgrounds are a replacement for instructions! If you do not have any of these backgrounds, you are still extremely capable of learning! ANYONE CAN LEARN...it just takes practice and commitment.
Do I need to take lessons?
The short answer is “Hell Yes”! Not only is kiteboarding much safer if you take lessons from the beginning, but you are looking at a progression time that literally can be more than halved.
Kiteboarding isn't just about riding the board, it also requires knowledge of weather, selecting a proper kiteboarding launch site, weather conditions, how to take care of your gear, and much, much more. It is an ongoing learning experience. Sure, it IS possible to "ride the board" in 3 hours, but a student should realize that riding the board is certainly not the only part of taking lessons.
Can I teach myself or learn from a friend that kites?
Kitesurfing kites are very powerful. Learning on your own or having a friend teach you how to kitesurf can be very dangerous. Teaching yourself can also be frustrating, leading to bad habits, mistakes, and possible accidents.
Self-taught riders often damage their kites and hurt themselves while learning and as a result spend more money in the long run than they would have if they had taken professional kiteboarding lessons. Friends teaching friends will inadvertently leave out very important facts and safety topics when teaching because they usually don’t follow a set lesson plan or don’t have the training needed to properly teach the sport.