Frequently asked questions

Here you’ll find the answer to the mostly asked questions

kitesurf spot at green island
green island

Please feel free to contact us for any additional query regarding the kite school, Antigua and the Caribbean.

With our Package of 3 half a day’s lessons,  almost every student gets to do the first water starts and runs on the boards. Some students with previous experience (surfers, wakeboarders, snowboarders etc.) or who are particularly talented won’t need more tuition, others will need another package and some will need a bit more time to become independent.

For more details and prices please click here.

With our package of 3 Wing foil lessons, almost every student gets to the stage of riding on the foil. Said that the learning progression it’s very much connected with the previous experience of every student. Riders that are already proficient on a foil while kiting, will most probably already be steadily riding after one single wing foil lesson.

There are a few substantial reasons why our prices are a little higher than the average.


The most important aspect of learning to kitesurf is safety. This is our number one priority. All of our lessons are given with the constant help of a motorised dinghy in a group of no more than 2 people per instructor (with the exception of the Beginner Camp that has a maximum ratio of 3 students per instructors). It means that the instructor is always close to you, ready to help, assist or show you the next exercise.

It is far more complicated, difficult and tiring if your teacher is shouting instructions to you (and to the other students) from the beach. Radio helmets aren’t the best solution either. They might help a little but, as every experienced instructor will confirm, they lack the most important aspect: your feedback.

No lesson can be completely effective if the instructor can’t interact constantly with the student. Your feedback allows us to tailor the lesson to your needs and learning speed.

There is another reason why the boat assistance is very helpful: the most tiring aspect in learning to kite ‘traditionally’ is that while learning you drift very fast downwind. After a couple

of tries you’ll have to walk back upwind along the beach to the point you started from with the kite in the air, wasting valuable time and energy.


In Nonsuch Bay you’ll have a 1.5 mile long playground to practice without having to worry about obstacles and drifting downwind because the boat will bring you back and the instructor will hold the kite for you (no long and dangerous walks upwind with the kite in the air and no waste of your time and energy).

We believe that this is the safest and fastest way to learn our beautiful sport and probably, due to the effective teaching method and stress-free experience, not more expensive than the average lessons. If you are going to learn somewhere else, please be safe!

Before booking your lessons you should check 4 basic things:

  1. The kite-school MUST provide you with a helmet and a life-vest.
  2. A school MUST have seat-harnesses available for their students. Learning with a waist-harness can, in some cases, be uncomfortable and compromise your lesson or even cause rib injuries.
  3. Every school MUST have at least one rescue boat always available and ready to attend in case of need.
  4. IKO certified instructors are usually well trained and experienced.

Green Island is a beautiful desert island you can only access by boat, so it never gets crowded. The reef protects the bay from ocean swell. Regardless of how big it gets or how windy it is, you’ll learn in flat and calm waters. The learning process is definitely safer, easier and faster.

The best age to start varies between 6 and 8 years old, depending on the child’s confidence in the water. We have children’s specific equipment, specially designed for their lighter weight and smaller size which will guarantee their safety and quick progression.
We recommend enrolling your kids in a Kids lesson, a safe and fun approach to the sport that will help evaluate if your kids are interested in kitesurfing.

If you’re staying at the Escape, the Nonsuch Bay Resort or the Mill Reef Club, we can schedule a pick-up directly from your location.

If you are not staying in one of the above-mentioned resorts, you can schedule a pick-up from the Willikies’s fishermen dock.

Here are the driving directions to the dock:
Turn right just after this point, drive straight to the dock.

If you are coming by boat, Green Island is probably the best anchorage on Antigua’s east coast. The anchorage is just 10nm from English Harbour. We’ll come to pick you up directly at the stern of your boat and bring you back at the end of your kite surfing session.

The beach of Green Island is a very pleasant place to relax for non-kiter too. If we have enough space on our boats we’ll be happy to bring your relatives/friends to Green Island. Please get in contact for availability and cost.

There is good snorkelling, shade, some trails to hike and/or they will be nearby to watch you when you start to fly!

Please contact us for availability.

Follow the 40knots Trip Advisor page where many of our students have left reviews about their experience in our school.

We accept all credit cards (however not American Express), cash in US Dollars, Eastern Caribbean Dollars and Euros. Contact us for bank transfer instructions or Pay-pal payments.

Due to our limited availability, we can offer our Boat Ride service only to riders bringing along kite or wing foil lessons.

If you are a kitesurfer, to be eligible for the boat ride and assistance service you need to be able to:

Launch and land your kite safely
Be confident at riding upwind, in order to return to the launch beach
Be confident in recovering your board in deep waters
Perform a ‘self-rescue’ procedure.

If you are a wing foiler, you just need to be able to ride comfortably upwind, in order to return to the launch beach.

Check out our rates here.

The launching/landing beach of Green Island is very short and the wind is side-shore.

This set-up allows independent kiters and wing foilers to safely launch and make it back to the beach as long as they are capable of riding upwind.

But we all know that there are situations when even the best rider might need help: the wind drops, the equipment fails… the kite lines are messy after a bad crash…

That’s one of the reasons why we need to guarantee boat assistance when we bring riders to the island. We’ll always have one instructor and rescue boat ready to assure your safety.

The second reason is that Green Island is a private island, and we have a licence to operate from the North beach as long as we provide a safe environment for all its utilizers. We are responsible for all riders and students we bring to the beach.

The last reason, but maybe the one you will appreciate the most while kiting with us, is that we want to keep the spot as an exclusive riding area, that will never be crowded (even on Christmas day) and where you’ll feel truly special.

Said all that, we still get questions like: “But what if I find a ride from a fisherman?”

You are free to use the beach of Green island but we don’t recommend you to be dropped off on the shore without having boat assistance while you ride. If you do end up having a problem, it will be a 2 miles swim…

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Excellent Kite Surfing school

Husband had completed basic kite surfing course in UK and was wanting to progress further in warmer waters. He booked two sessions 2 1/2 hours each with an instructor and progressed massively in these sessions. Excellent one on one instruction from boat in safe waters with good breeze. Friendly accommodating staff. Perfect environment in which to develop your skills. Highly recommended.

40Knots and the team

Nothing short of AWESOME! I stayed a couple of days in Antigua and went out with 40Knots for a few kite surf sessions! The team working there is very friendly and super helpful. The spot green island is a hidden away gem with flat water and a pretty cool little beach setup to chill and have your afternoon lunch at. Honestly If I was ever again in Antigua or even on another island near by, I'd head straight over there! Thanks guys for making this kite trip on Antigua on for the books. 10/10!!

First class operation

I am an experienced kite surfer so really just needed to rent the gear and have a boat ride to the island. I had my family with me and was able to bring them with me to the private beach which was great for everyone. Corrado helped me set up the gear and hung out on the beach while I get a few hours kiting in. Transportation was easy with their pick up and drop off via boat. Great communication with Max and the team while I was arranging everything. Highly recommend 40 Knots if you are learning or experienced and what to enjoy a great day kiting in Antiqua.

Epic Kiteschool

Love 40knots, super professional and fun people. I had instructors Jamal for my first 2 lessons and then Buju for my 3rd, both were fantastic and couldn't recommend them enough! I'll be back this weekend to start working on my transitions, thanks team!

Amazing location and super friendly staff – great experience !!!

Myself and some of my friends spent a few days kitesurfing with 40 knots at green island. The location is perfect! It’s flat and constantly windy and the water, beautiful and warm! Kiting here was amazing ! In the 3/4 days we were really able to progress. We just paid for the boat out to the island and kited on our own but the staff were always there to help with setting up and launching and to give pointers. I can’t wait to go back again! 100% recommend

Amazing kite school

40knots is an amazing kite school! Super professional with great teachers. The spot is perfect and the team takes really good care of you! Also I never saw any other school where the students learned to kite that fast! They go out with the students with boats so the students never loose time by walking back upwind on the beach and it’s super safe! Almost everybody was ready for the board after the 1st lessons, and that is really, really fast as everybody knows who tried it once...;) If you want to learn kite surfing there is no better place to go than there!