Cabarete has long been a hot-spot for windsurfing, and for many good reasons. Our team of talented and trained instructors are ready to help you work on any skills you hope to master, from carving-jibes to down-the-line wave-sailing with confidence, or even all the basics starting with an up-haul. Note that conditions over the winter months can be challenging for beginners and that a strong waterstart is a recommended skill, due to increased swell and chop inside the bay.
Beginner Lessons

If you are pre-booked on our discounted beginner package, you will have use of our novice equipment and receive one free beginner lesson that covers basic sailing skills. Additional beginner lessons can be purchased on-site. A two-hour lesson costs $50. A 3-day package costs $140.

Advancing Lessons

Ready to get beyond the basics? Each of 1-Hour lesson is run in small groups with 2 or 3 students at or around the same skill level, and covers a range of topics including ...

- Fast tack, pivot jibe

- Beach start

- Harness basics, getting in and out

- Hook and foot for use of the footstraps

- Speed stance

- Foot steering, initiating turns, and more

Lessons are $40 per hour or discounted to $105 when you reserve a 3-Lesson Advancing Package. Add 20% for Private lessons. Separate equipment rental required.

Waterstart Package

We also offer a special Waterstart Package that includes 30-minutes of theory followed by 45-minutes of training on the water. Each session is Private, one-on-one with your instructor to help maximize your success. The price is $45 per lesson. Separate equipment rental required.

Private Advanced Lessons

Private Lessons: one-on-one working on whatever you want to learn ... ANYTHING we can do we can try to teach!

- Jibes, race jibe, duck jibe

- Stance, going upwind

- Jumping, chop hopping

- Wave riding

- Looping, Freestyle, and more

The price is $45 per hour or discounted to $130 when you reserve a package with 3 hours.

Vela Kids Camps

Sure, you could probably show your kids all there is to know about windsurfing, but some things are best left to the pros. Learning our favorite sport can be a challenge, and getting a positive start from the beginning is THE BEST way to ensure that anyone - including your kids - will want to continue learning. Vela's instructors are prepared to help you get your kids hooked, though we can't promise that they will be the ones begging for next year's windsurf vacation ... yet!

Cabarete is an incredible place for families with kids. There are many activities to keep your kids entertained. For the smallest windsurfers, late spring and summer offer the best conditions. At Vela Windsurf Resort Cabarete, FUN is guaranteed! Spend a week with our instructor and enjoy the pleasure of learning to windsurf, kayaking, boogie board, beach volleyball, and making friends from all over the world! We use the best performance gear available for little hands including the NP One and Experience sails. Includes lunch each day.

For kids from 6 to 10 years of age. Kids must be strong swimers.

Schedule: The camps are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 1.30pm.

Cost: $180 per week

We understand that each student has their own unique and individual needs and goals. We will design each lesson so that the progression towards be a proficient kiteboarder is an exciting, safe, and enjoyable experience. We put great emphasis on safe, proper, and efficient teaching methods. Professional courses taught by certified instructors. Dare2Fly teaches mostly private one-on-one lessons, but also offers group lessons of not more than 2 students per instructor. Thanks to these private classes or small groups we can assure customized instruction and quality teaching during all lessons. We distinguishes ourselves from other kite schools by focusing more on quality and being a flexible team. We provide the right kiteboarding lesson for each level.

Beginner Package (9 hours)

Lesson 1: Basics of controlling the kite (3hrs). This is the basics of kite control and handling. You will be flying one of the latest Cabrinha kites and you will go through the equipment terminology and setup, the wind effects and wind-window theory. You will learn how to fly your kite, hooked into the harness using the power of the kite in a safe environment, how to use your safety system, launch and land, and fly the kite with the de-power loop.

Lesson 2 : Water control & body drag (3hrs). The next step brings you into the water. You will learn how to get power from the kite, change direction with your kite in the water, how to re-launch a crashed kite from the water, and how to self-rescue. You will also learn some additional and essential body drag techniques such as Upwind body dragging (you will need this skill to retrieve the board after a crash).

Lesson 3 : Board control & waterstart (3hrs). Now to get you up on a board and teach you the water start theory: board and body positioning while piloting the kite, diving the kite to enable standing up on the board, and controlling the speed and the direction. This final step covers the remaining topics to help you on your way to becoming an independent kiteboarder, though many students choose to add more instruction time to gain confidence before setting out on their own.

Once your instructor certifies you as ready, you will know how to choose a spot, rig your gear, stay safe, and should be able to ride back and forth from the beach. We can also set you up with some brand new Cabrinha gear from our shop with a full rental fleet. Ask our instructors who would be more than happy to help you with getting the right gear for you. We offer great package deals when you pre-book a package in advance including both lessons and rentals.

Continuing Student (Hourly)

Intended for students with some prior experience, a specialized one-on-one program that starts at your level. The goal of these lessons will be to get you up and riding with confidence so that you can get out on the water on your own, either with rentals or your own gear.

Advanced Coaching (Hourly

Need help to master some tricks that you are working on? Or just to help you polish up your riding in general? We are able to help with things as easy as landing your first jump, nailing your first back rolls, all the way up to handle passes and other unhooked tricks. We also do coaching for surf riding and handling waves for the first time. Private personalized instruction to focus on anything you want to learn.

Experienced kiters can take advantage of several fantastic downwinder opportunities throughout the North Coast! Please inquire with our local staff once you are in Cabarete to learn everything you'll need to know to have a safe and successful trip..
We invite experienced kiters to join us on the water! Let our knowledgeable team help you get informed on the local conditions and restricted zones before you go out, and feel free to ask for help through beach assistance when launching / landing if you need it.