Our Kids Kiteboarding Camps,
run Mon-Tue-Wed, each week in Summer (June, July, August).
Kids from 9- 16
years can participate in the Camps.
Times: 10-1:30 each Day.
Kanaha Beach Park, western end (Kite beach).
Kids are special, and they are fast learners. We
have lots of experience teaching kite flying to young children.
We have special Clinics, and activities, and mixed family
sessions. Our instructors have specialty training to prepare
them for our kids program. For Kids 9 years old and up:
Our "Teaching Kiteboarding to Kids" Course is recognized by the
IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization). and is taught is
selected schools by specially trained Kiteboarding instructors.
Kids lessons are shorter than adult lessons, usually lasting
between one and two hours. Siblings, friends and families can
learn together as a fun group activity. Kids are very
impressionable, and forming a positive first experience, is
vital in shaping their attitudes to the wind and water for the
rest of their lives. The first day is one of the most important
in a kids Kiteboarding career. Many newcomers will decide on
this day whether this is the right sport for them or not. Much
depends on the experiences that kids will have in the first few
hours or even minutes. At Action Sports Maui we know how
important your kids first day is, and we do our very best to
give kids a safe, fun and empowering experience.
Kite Skills. We start with the trainer kite on land to teach
kids the steering reflexes that are so important to successful
kite-flying. The trainer kite is smaller than the full size kite
kids will be using in the next steps. The trainer kite allows
kids to experiment with the wind and get the feel for the kite.
During this process kids will also learn about wind direction,
flying in the wind window, using power-zones. Bigger kids will
be using the harness and using the other safety systems.
Water Skills. We move onto the larger inflatable kite. The
inflatable kites are what we use in the water because they float
and are able to be relaunched. Kids will discover how to handle
the kite and use kite power to return to the beach and to
provide locomotion. We show the correct way to set up the
equipment and how to use the various safety systems. All
students will wear a life jacket and harness. Then moving from
the land to the water kids will learn how to launch the kite
safely. The instructor takes them on a tandem run in the water.
The instructor flies the kite first, demonstrating the
techniques. Students then learn to fly the kite on the water
without the board. This is called body dragging. Kids will fly
away from shore, and surf a downwind course and return to the
beach and self-exit. Next kids learn to steer the kite
"single-handed" while using the harness. (must be confident in
Board Skills. Kids will learn how to launch with the board, and
how to recover the board in deep water. Kids will learn board
handling skills, and the Theory of the waterstart. The
waterstart combines the board skills with the kite-flying
skills. As kids gain experience using the board and kite
together kids will begin to pop up on the board and start to
ride a short distance. (strong swimmers only).
Teaching Kids Lesson Program:
The Teaching Kiteboarding to Kids Program developed by our team
has now been adopted by the IKO International Kiteboarding
Organization for use by kiteboarding instructors worldwide.
There is now a specialty training program for kiteboarding
instructors to study in order to become qualified to teach kids.
Our instructors teaching the kids programs have completed the
specialty training course. Kiteboard Specialty training courses
are part of our commitment to ongoing instructor training, and
commitment to quality instruction.
Pre-registration is required. Call us to get on the list. Each
participant must have a parent or guardian sign for them.
are welcome to watch, but please do not interact unless you are
volunteering to help. Parents who wish to volunteer can talk to
the Head coach, and ask how they can help.
Special Needs: If
your child has special needs please let us know. Kids should
bring any medication they need. If your
child is too sick to participate, please call ahead to let us
know, they should probably stay at home.
Costs: are $295 for
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