There are two options available: 1) About 90% of our students we meet right at the beach in Mitchell's Bay (offically knowns a Dover Shore Park) at the sandy area with the old boat ramps at the far end of the Parking lot. Depending on the number of students I will be teaching that day you will either find me with the Surf Culture Canada Van with Zodiac on top arriving at the beach or the 21ft red and white Kiteboat anchored a few hundred meters offshore of the boat ramps.
2) Alternatively for groups lessons or for people that have all day to devote to the water we can meet at the Surf Culture Canada shack in Wallaceburg and take the boat down to the bay (20 minutes there and back). The trip is a beatiful one and if you have time is well worth it.
We only use the Public Beach at Mitchell's Bay as our meeting location, the lesson does not take place here as not to disturb the local kiters and water users. During the summer, the shallow waters around the beach are far to busy to conduct lessons safely. Instead, we go over gear setup and attach bar and lines to the kites (~30 minutes) and take them to the boat for later launching from the boat. We then take the boat out to the offshore shallow areas that encircle the Bay to ensure optimum wind and water conditions and absolute safety. The kites are pumped up on the bow of the boat and the boat becomes our floating support vessel difting along with us as the lesson progresses.
We supply the wetsuits, booties, harnesses, lifejackets, kites, boards and snacks and water. All you need to bring is a positive attitude and willingness to learn.
From experience the following will ensure that you fully enjoy the experience:
- Sunscreen (even on cloudy days I have seen people get a bad burn)
- Sunglasses (with float, tie-off or strap) you will lose your sunglass in a crash even if you think they are tight enough to stay on.
- Warm Clothes (even on warm sunny days after several hours in the water you can get a chill)
- spandex/lycra shorts to wear under your wetsuit for comfort (if you have a pair)