live at the beach
Maybe you have seen other kitting and you would like to learn to kitesurf. You find it cool and maybe you come already from other boardsports or watersports. One cool thing would be to look for schools at your area. Or maybe as a goal during your vacation. One top place where to learn kitesurfing is Tarifa. Located at the south of Spain there are many kiters from all the world. There are plenty schools and events running nearly all the year. Like a kite girls event. As one of the organisers explains:
“The first meeting was in 2010 when Isa felt there were not enough women in kitesurfing. The vision of Isa about the event was to see a whole beach full of girls kiting. I started to work with her in this third meeting and it was stunning! A dream come true, we are cool working together and we have the same vision. “
Read full interview here
Ok, maybe you have already been kitting since some years and like the idea to travel to new spots and meet new cultures. But, you still need to work, so you can’t just live from the air. Here you will know some tips how to become a kitesurf instructor.
More and more people are looking not just for a tourist travel mode. They’re looking for adventure. So it is happening in the kitesurfing sector. Many digital nomads are into ejoying during their travel journey to practice a bit of kitting. Coworkings and colivings are growing next to the beaches and kitecamps and kitesurf classes are getting installed around the globe. Instructors are needed all the time everywhere.
Like the case of Scotty and Casey (full interview here)
“We started together in January 2014. We spent the year before dreaming about learning, we would watch the kiters on the beach for hours until we decided to reach out to places around the world for a work exchange as didn’t quite have the money to do it on our own. We were very surprised to receive several offers but one in particular grabbed our attention in Sri Lanka who asked to come out within three weeks, so we booked a ticket and left.”
This is a good oportunity to get the right requirements to start earning money travelling and being next to nice spots kitting.
First of all. Get a certification. There a many but the ones that will work in all the countries will be IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) or the VDWS (International School Association for Watersports).
The IKO Level 1 would be the minimum required and you’ll need powerboat certification & First Aid like for surf instructor.
The VDWS is also ok being also International recognized but is more general into all watersports.
Second. You’ll need to know languages. More you know better you’ll get paid and more offers you’ll have. Essential english. German, spanish, russian, chinese, portuguese are the most demanded too.
Third. Have good comunication skills and passion for teaching.
Fourth. After getting the certification do an internship at some school. This will help you see other skills that you should know about working as a kitesurf instructor. Like office work, handle payments & rents,…
Like Scottie and Casey, they have found an amazing spot where they have created a kiteschool and a place for other kiters:
“Okay, so we started with reopening perukite, a kitesurfing school in paracas last year in 2018. We offer kitesurfing lessons, equipment rentals and guided surfaris through the national reserve all year round but our dream was always to have a kite camp and this followed within 1 year. We started Paracas kitecamp in mid April 2019. Originally it was a backpacking hostel but we are completely stoked to renovate everything and turn this into a kiters paradise. Within two weeks we made huge changes and kitesurfers started to come immediately. But it had been ongoing work ever since and we aim to complete before the high season in November with many more changed. Right now we offer accommodation, tours and transfers and have a bar and restaurant inside camp. The camp is 5 minutes drive away from paracas town. It’s the perfect place to sleep under the stars after an exciting day. The village is very peaceful and we are definitely unique within oaracs. We have a yoga roof with sunset lounge, a gym, pool, games and entertainment for all guests to use. But with these now combined we now offer beginner- advanced kite camps which was always the ultimate dream”
Read full interview here
If you want to get in touch with other kitesurfers go here
Read also some nice tips of kitesurfing long distances and on deep water from this kitesurfer world record holder. Here
Learn how to create your C.V. here