Kitesurfing course and lessons on Paje Beach, Zanzibar

Kitesurfing course and lessons on Paje Beach, Zanzibar

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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level: from Beginner to Advanced
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: from Beginner to Advanced
  • Duration: from 2 hrs to 2-3 days
  • Cancellation policy: 
    moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Kite Centre Zanzibar: Michamvi Rd, Paje
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Do you want to learn to kite surf, or maybe you'd like to improve your level? From beginners to expert riders the team of expert coaches at Kite Zanzibar can help you achieve your kitesurfing goals and even teach you the latest tricks.

After trying several different spots of Zanzibar Island, the Kite Zanzibar team concluded that Paje Beach has the best conditions for kitesurfing. From there they started their first kite school in Zanzibar.

The centre
At Kite Centre Zanzibar you get the best service possible. You'll be provided with superb service, the safest and newest equipment and the most professional people to work with. The centre has the right vibe with hammocks, laid-back chairs and pillows. Here guests can lay back or share all the excitement of the day with each other. With the growing popularity of kitesurfing, Paje is quickly becoming known as THE place to be for kitesurfing. Tourism is growing at a sustainable pace in Paje. It is safe and easy to navigate the area as a first time visitor. There is a wide range of laid-back hotels and restaurants in Paje and surrounding villages like Bwejuu and Jambiani.

Facilities
- Latest North & Brunotti Gear
- Kite zone + launch assist
- Kite shop + repair facilities
- Storage lockers and cleaning 
- Chill Launch + amazing View
- Restaurant and bar
- Great atmosphere and music

Kite area
The lauch and riding area consists of sandy bottoms with few obstructions or obstacles. Water depth changes daily from shallow waters that go out with the tide, giving way to endless beach, reverting to deeper waters at high tides.

Wind
The best months for beginners are from mid-June to mid-October and the end of December until mid-March. The wind is always side onshore. From June until October the Kusi blows from the south-east, in December the Kaskasi blows from the north-east.

The best months for experts are from mid-June to mid-September and the end of December/beginning of January until the end of February. While the above listed time-frames are the norm, variations do occur. Therefore you are recommended to check the wind history on the island. 

The average wind speed is around 16 knots, usually increasing towards the end of the day in the late afternoon and early evening.The most commonly used kite sizes are 12, 10 and 9 meters, with some occasional 7 meter kiting, depending on your body weight and the wind speed.

Temp
The water temperature is always over 24 degrees so your wet-suit can stay at home, unless you are easily prone to coldness, which can occasionally happen in Africa's winter months (June-September).  At most though you need a 2mm shorty. 

Lagoon
In the lagoon, in front of the centre, you will find a perfect kite heaven, shallow water for beginners and flat water for freestyle / freeride experts. Sandy bottom everywhere, the lagoon is spit up into 2 parts, separated by a seaweed farming area, very easy to see and to pass to the other part. Booties / shoes can be taken, but are not used a lot, except for learning how to fly kites, and body drag in the lagoon. In these cases they can be handy to protect against the odd sea urchin that escapes from the nearby farming operation. For the most part though the bottoms are sandy and soft, and no extra booties are required. 
 
Reef / waves
The reef for surfing waves is 1.5 kilometers off-shore with perfect breaks... Launch and surf out to the waves with a minimum of three people for safety considerations, or take a downwind surf trip-downwinder with wave master Ruben. When the tide is halfway to full tide it's time to explore the amazing waves who can be very good. Mostly we do downwinders to enjoy the waves the most with strap or strapless wavesboard. The waves on a normal day are around 1-1,5 m upto 3,5 m.

Offers

1
Taster lesson: IKO Level 1

Kite Center Zanzibar offers an introduction beginners' course for those of you who want to get a taste of kitesurfing before continuing with the full course.

This course starts with the focus on flying the kite. First you practice on the beach and later in the water. On the beach you'll be taught; setting up the kite, the power of the kite, reaction of the kite, theory, landing and launching.

There are several helpful and fun exercises to help you get the necessary control.  After that you'll go into the water with a big inflatable kite where you will practice; steering/controlling the kite, safety releases, bodydragging.

After 3 hours you will get a pretty good idea if you really want to learn kitesurfing and you can decide to continue with the next 6 hours.

Objectives

- Kite control
- Body dragging

Special terms

Location
Kite Center Zanzibar is located on Paje Beach between Kitete and Kinazi. From the road, you can find them by following the road signs to Kinazi Upepo hotel at the centre of the beach.

From Stone Town you can ask the taxi driver to take you to Kinazi Upepo, or take a Dalla Dalla local bus for a TSh2000 all the way to Paje, and then you'll find your way here easily enough.

Do not forget to bring
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes to change into
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled water and snacks
Sport level:Beginner
Duration:3 hrs
Minimum Age:minimum 12 y/o
Meeting point:
Kite Centre Zanzibar: Michamvi Rd, Paje
Included:
  • Kite & bar, board, harness & helmet
  • Expert instructor
Excluded:
  • Transfers
2
Full Beginner kite course: IKO Level 2

You'll have 3 lessons of 3 hours.

After the course in most cases you will be able to continue practicing on your own. 

After the first 3 hours, with the 6 hours left you'll focus on; more kite controlling skills like body dragging, walking with kite & board, more safety procedures like water re-launching start. The goal is to get you on the board and make your first few meters. In most cases after you finish the full beginners' course, you can rent gear and and get out there under the supervision of an instructor.

Kite Center Zanzibar uses the IKO way of teaching, to get to level 2 you need to be able to show the required skills.

Objectives

- Independent beginner
- Waterstart
- Controlling the kite
- Getting on the board
- Be able to practice on your own

After this course most students are able to rent gear under supervision of an instructor.

Special terms

Location
Kite Center Zanzibar is located on Paje Beach between Kitete and Kinazi. From the road, you can find them by following the road signs to Kinazi Upepo hotel at the centre of the beach.

From Stone Town you can ask the taxi driver to take you to Kinazi Upepo, or take a Dalla Dalla local bus for a TSh2000 all the way to Paje, and then you'll find your way here easily enough.

Do not forget to bring
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes to change into
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled water and snacks
Sport level:Beginner
Duration:2-3 days
Minimum Age:minimum 12 y/o
Meeting point:
Kite Centre Zanzibar: Michamvi Rd, Paje
Included:
  • Kite & bar, board, harness & helmet
  • Expert instructor
Excluded:
  • Transfers
3
Refreshing lesson : IKO Level 2/3

This is ideal for those of you who have had lessons in the past, but haven't practiced for a while.

In this lesson you'll start at the beginning, but will make quick steps and see what YOU need in order to progress to your next level and continue from there.

Objectives

- Kite control
- Waterstart
- Stay upwind
- Transitions
- First jumps

Special terms

Location
Kite Center Zanzibar is located on Paje Beach between Kitete and Kinazi. From the road, you can find them by following the road signs to Kinazi Upepo hotel at the centre of the beach.

From Stone Town you can ask the taxi driver to take you to Kinazi Upepo, or take a Dalla Dalla local bus for a TSh2000 all the way to Paje, and then you'll find your way here easily enough.

Do not forget to bring
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes to change into
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled water and snacks
Sport level:Intermediate
Duration:2 hrs
Minimum Age:minimum 12 y/o
Meeting point:
Kite Centre Zanzibar: Michamvi Rd, Paje
Included:
  • Kite & bar, board, harness & helmet
  • Expert instructor
Excluded:
  • Transfers
4
Pro-lesson: IKO Level 3+

This lesson is ideal for those of you who want to learn more techniques on every kite level.

This lesson is reserved for kiters who are able to stay upwind and want to learn tricks to bring themselves to the next level.

Here the COOLEST part of kite surfing begins... You can book by the hour and get lessons from our experts.

What else is on offer?
- Wave sessions (with wave or directional board) with or without straps.           

Objectives

- Tricks on request
- Basic jumps
- Smooth transitions
- Jumping transition
- Basic rotations

Special terms

Location
Kite Center Zanzibar is located on Paje Beach between Kitete and Kinazi. From the road, you can find them by following the road signs to Kinazi Upepo hotel at the centre of the beach.

From Stone Town you can ask the taxi driver to take you to Kinazi Upepo, or take a Dalla Dalla local bus for a TSh2000 all the way to Paje, and then you'll find your way here easily enough.

Do not forget to bring
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes to change into
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled water and snacks
Sport level:Advanced
Duration:2 hrs
Minimum Age:minimum 12 y/o
Meeting point:
Kite Centre Zanzibar: Michamvi Rd, Paje
Included:
  • Kite & bar, board, harness & helmet
  • Expert instructor
Excluded:
  • Transfers

Meeting point

Kite Centre Zanzibar: Michamvi Rd, Paje Get directions
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