If you have been considering learning to kitesurf, there is no better place than Qatar. Students are treated to some of the best conditions for learning anywhere in the world. Large shallow lagoons with flat water, regular steady winds, comfortable water temperatures and a large welcoming kite community all combine to make Qatar as good as it gets for starting your kitesurfing journey. Salty Kites have taught hundreds of students to kite over the years and we would be honored for you to join us to start your kitesurfing journey. Salty instructors have all completed IKO training certifications and have a vast experience in teaching in Qatar’s conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone learn to kitesurf ?
Yes (almost). Students should be comfortable in water and know how to swim, but that’s about it.
What do I need to bring to a lesson ?
Drinking water, sun protection, a bathing suit and a snack to reward yourself. If you have your own water shoes and wetsuit, you can bring them and if not, we have available for students. We also sell them if you would like your own.
What can I expect for my first lesson ?
From beginners to pros, we all start the same way, with setting up our equipment. This takes around 45 minutes, as we explain the basics about the wind and the kite equipment. Then it’s straight into the water for our introduction to kite control with our specialized school kites. The goal for the first lesson is to get a basic understanding of flying a powered kite.
Where are lessons given ?
We normally teach in Zekreet and Fuwairit, all depending on tides and wind conditions. Both locations are approximately 1h drive from Doha and can be accessed with normal cars.
How many lessons do I need to take ?
Between 8 and 12 hours of private lessons to become a safe independent kitesurfer. Prior water sports (wakeboarding, surfing) and wind sports (sailing, paragliding) experience will help a bit.
Can my children learn to kite ?
We have years of experience in teaching children and incorporate the parents into the lesson to create a comfortable environment for all. We use specialized equipment suited for smaller, lighter riders with shorter reach. Students must be a minimum of 35Kg and should know how to swim.