How many people in groups courses?
We keep our groups small for Kitesurfing lessons, we normally have 2-3 students per instructor. Most schools will run with 4 per instructor but we believe this is slightly too many for a good lesson to be carried out. We also offer 1-2-1 instruction for a slightly higher fee although this does mean a lot more time hands on.
What is your Cancellation policy?
We need wind to run courses (see wind and weather below), if we find ourselves with unusable wind conditions then we will rebook your course for a time that suits you, we are unable to offer any refunds under any curcumstances for cancelled courses, we are available 7 days a week for most of the year so we will be able to rebook you quickly. If you need to move your course we ask for 7 days notice, we have limited spaces on courses so we need to make sure they are all full especially on weekends. If you cancel your and request a different course date within 7 days you will forfeit you course/lesson as we will be unable to refill that space.
What wind and weather do we need?
We need 10 Knots of wind to fly kites on Day 1 and 12 or more Knots of wind for you to enjoy your Day 2. We will teach in any safe conditions as long as it 's windy. we cannot teach in zero wind conditions or offshore winds and will not try. Hillhead is open to winds from the Northwest, West, Southwest, South and Southeast. We can teach in any of these directions because we will have smooth, gust free and safe winds. We cannot teach when the wind is blowing from the North or East. The wind coming from the North and East will be offshore making it dangerous to teach. The wind will also be gusty and unpredictable. As we do need wind for our lessons there is always the chance your lesson will be rebooked, we will rebook when it suits you but we will not be able to give any refunds on courses for lack of wind. For the best weather forecasts please check
How do I book?
Decide which course you would like (see Kitesurf lessons page), contact us via email or phone to see if your prefered date is available then pay online via our online Google checkout to confirm your place. We only take prepaid bookings.
What do I need to bring?
We have all the equipment you need to complete your kitesurfing course, but we understand that it's always nicer to use your own equipment, so if you have some of your own gear then bring it along and we can tell you if it's suitable to use. You will need to bring Lunch, Water, Towel, Sun protection, Swimwear and Trainers / sturdy footwear.
What time do the lessons start?
For Kitesurfing lessons we have to teach at low tide, tide times change daily so start times will always be different.
Our group courses are between 3-6 hours so we could start as late as 3pm in the summer.
SUP lessons can start whenever you like, we run evening and lunchtime sessions through the week and weekends.
Do we have to pay for parking?
Hill Head and Lee-on-Solent have free car parking throughout the whole year, the local council are talking about putting in pay and display machines so watch this space.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, we have a £5,000,000.00 public liability insurance.
What is kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing is the ultimate extreme sport, it combines aspects of Wakeboarding, Windsurfing,
Paragliding and Kite flying. It's a fantastic way to keep fit and experience surfing and flying at the same time!
Even more info
To run Kitesurfing lessons we need the right conditions to come together to make it safe and enjoyable, the
tide, wind direction and wind speed play a major part.
We need to run our kitesurf courses at low ride, at low tide we have shallow flat water to run our
lessons making it safe and easier to learn how to kitesurf.
We are ideally looking for 10 - 25 knots of wind so that we have just enough power in
our kites to be able to get up on a board and ride
The ideal wind direction to learn kitesurfing in is cross-onshore, we can also use cross shore
We supply all equipment needed you just need to bring a towel, something to wear under your
supplied wetsuit (swimsuit) and some lunch/water.
Our 'Day 1' kitesurfing lesson is aimed at the complete beginner so no previous
kite flying or board sport experience is needed.
We run courses between March and october, the water temp out of these months is too low
to make kitesurf lessons enjoyable for you.
Hampshire Kitesurf Lessons are normally between 3-6 hours depending on wind and tide.
See our Kitesurfing Lessons page for more info.
All of our kitesurf school instructors are BKSA or IKO qualified.
Our kitesurfing centre is located 20 mins from Portsmouth and 30 mins from Southampton, it's also
just an hour from the London m25.
We supply all kite surf equipment needed for your kitesurfing lesson. All you need to bring on your kitesurfing lesson is
some food, some water, something to wear under your wetsuit and a towel.
We buy new kitesurf kites and boards every year so you will be using the latest and best kiteboarding gear on your lesson.
Kitesurfing lesson gift vouchers can be redeemed against any of our kitesurf lessons in our school.