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The Big Blue Experience

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www.bigbluekitesurfing.com Newgale
Haverfordwest
Pembrokeshire
SA62 6AS
Wales
+44 7816 169359 info@bigbluekitesurfing.com

The Big Blue Experience






Big Blue Kitesurfing was set up with the aim of providing safe high quality kitesports tuition in the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. We have since developed into a professional watersports training centre offering courses and adventures for beginners to the more advanced in Power Kiting, Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Powerboating. Big Blue also has a comprehensive shop selling new and second hand high performance equipment. Yurts are available to hire for parties, weddings or for a unique camping experience. Big Blue can cater for individuals, families or larger groups.

Our instructors are internationally qualified and trained to Big Blue’s high standards. The school uses the latest equipment which is changed and maintained regularly.

Power Kiting Courses






The power kiting course is an introduction to kite flying on the beach. Suitable for all ages and abilities this course is designed to wet the appetite for kitesports.

The course covers:

* Basic safety and wind awareness
* Kite set-up
* Launching, landing, recovery and safety systems
* Power control and scudding
* Pack down and kite maintenance.

This course helps to avoid tangled lines and kite frustration. An ideal course for those looking to buy their first land based kite.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: £20 per person

Kiteboarding Courses






Kiteboarding is a perfect, inexpensive light wind compliment to kitesurfing, involving similar skills without getting wet.

This course covers the power kiting course and includes the board skills required to safely cruise the beach. The course content includes:

* Getting going
* speed control
* stopping
* changing direction
* safety awareness and beach use.

Big Blue can teach all levels of kite landboarding, from a complete beginner with no previous experience to those looking to master advanced techniques such as jumps, power slides, turns, rotations. Advanced courses also cover the use of high performance de-powerable kites.

* Duration: 2 hours
* Cost: £40 per person

Advanced coaching is available at £25 per person per hour

Kitesurfing Beginner Courses






Our beginners courses are designed to give you a taste for kitesports (1 day) or to equip you with all the skills you need to safely and confidently practice on your own (2 Day). The courses are an intensive 5 hours each day covering the following syllabus:

* Day 1
o Theory and safety awareness
o Power kiting
o Kite-landboarding
o Inflatable kite set up, launching, landing and safety systems
o Self rescue techniques
* Day 2
o Water re-launching
o Bodydragging, upwind and downwind
o Boardstarts
* Day 3
o Extra boardstart practice to really improve your confidence and independance

Before you leave us you will also be given useful info on the right kit to buy, maintaining your kit and suitable locations near to where you live.

Duration and cost:

* 1day £95 per person
* 2 day £190 per person
* 3 day £250 per person

Big Blue is recognised by the IKO and BKSA who set the standards for teaching kitesurfing.

Big Blue endeavours to provide tuition which goes above and beyond the standards of the governing bodies.

Advanced Kitesurfing Courses and Clinics






Advanced courses can be arranged and tailored to your requirements. Whether it is learning to go upwind, performing your first jumps to high level manoeuvres such as kite loops and handle passes Big Blue can help.

Wave clinics are designed to introduce kitesurfers to wave boards and the techniques required to get out through surf and how to effectively ride the waves in a variety of conditions.

Newgale is one of the best beaches in the country for kitesurfing in waves and this is our true passion. Big Blue has a wide range of wave boards for you to try.

Advanced courses are tailored to you so please contact Big Blue for further details, costings and to arrange dates and the itinery of your course.

One-on-One tuition is available as are packages for groups and clubs.

Keep an eye on the Big Blue Events for special clinics focussing on particular skills, instructor training and pro clinics.

Downwinders



Ever felt like there's more to kitesurfing than going out, turning round and coming back? WELL there is!

Big Blue is proud to offer competent kitesurfers and windsurfers the chance to explore St Bride's bay and the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline from the Open Ocean.

There's something special about actually going places and heading out into the open ocean with the support of a safety boat. Newgale is located in a perfect position within St Brides bay for either a sea adventure or a ten-mile beach hop to or from Broad Haven.

Regardless of the wind direction Big Blue can arrange an escorted open ocean trip for windsurfers and kitesurfers.

Those participating need to prove a certain level of competence and ideally have their own equipment. Big Blue will arrange safety boat cover and pick-ups. We can arrange additional boats for larger groups, or if you want to bring spectators and a film crew….

Big Blue uses a Zap-Cat as an escort on the open ocean tours. These little beauties are perfect for launching and landing kites, as well as able to handle most sea states. Our crew are all RYA powerboat qualified with extensive experience in Zap Cats. Please ring for availability and costings.

Big Blue has extensive knowledge of the Welsh coast and the best places to kitesurf. If you are planning a trip to Wales get in touch as we can point you in the direction of a few gems. We might even join you!

Snowkiting Holidays and Courses






Snow Kiting Trips Feb- March 2009

Snow kiting is one of the fastest growing wintersports around. Using kites to harness the power of the wind you can ski/snowboard across flat ground, uphill and once mastered even soar through the air. No need for lift passes or queues, the possibilities are endless.
Big Blue Kitesurfing has teamed up with The Swiss Snow Kiting School to offer courses and trips for the complete kite novice or for kiters looking to crossover on to the snow.
The Swiss Snow Kiting School is based on the Simplon Pass which is an ideal learning location for beginners but also offers some challenging slopes for the more advanced. 2.5 hours from Geneva International Airport and 1 hour from Chamonix the school is well connected for short breaks and within easy reach of downhill resorts if the wind doesn’t blow!
There is also the opportunity to take part in night time tobogganing, paragliding, speed flying, ski touring, snow shoeing and snow mobiling.
The courses are approved by the IKO and are run in accordance with the international snow kiting standards. Courses at all the camps will follow the IKO snow kiter card scheme.
Accommodation is provided in the Big Blue Chalet which sleeps up to eight and is available for £200pp for 7 nights. (self catered)

Stand Up Paddleboarding






Stand Up Paddleboarding is the latest water sport to hit these shores from Hawaii. On flat water, paddleboarding offers the ability to explore rivers, estuaries and coastlines whilst developing core fitness. Beats going to the gym!

The basic course is a short introduction to paddleboarding on flat water. The course covers:

* Board and paddle types
* Carrying and care
* Foot positioning
* Paddle strokes
* Quick Turning
* Sea Safety

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: £45 per person

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only coastal national park in Britain and paddleboarding is one of the best ways to explore it. Big Blue runs half day or day long adventures through caves, close to wildlife and to secluded beaches.

Duration: Half day £50 per person
Full day £95 per person

Stand Up Paddleboarding in waves enables you to catch waves early and access breaks which other surfers can’t reach.

The progression course follows on from the basic course or is for individuals who are already competent surfers. The course covers:

* Board and paddle types
* Paddling out through waves
* Paddle strokes
* Turning quickly
* Catching waves
* Board control in white water

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: £45 per person

The advanced course offers coaching in the following:

* Front side turns
* Back side turns
* Nose riding
* Cross stepping and more

Hourly rate: £25 per person

One-on-one coaching: £35/h per person

Powerboating Courses






Zap Cats are very fast and very wet boats originally designed for surf rescue organisations in South Africa they can handle all sea states. They are also raced around the world and are reputed to have the same power to weight ratio as a Ferrari.

The Zap Cat taster is an adrenaline fuelled blast around the bay taking in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park from the sea. Experiencing the speed and exhilaration of these boats is one thing but the manoeuvrability allows us to explore deep within caves and through narrow gullies.

Duration: 30 mins
Cost: £20pp

Maximum number on each trip is 3 plus the driver.

The river cruises are carried out on the Cleddau Estuary which is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This ancient wooded estuary is spectacular and is a great place to unwind with a group of friends. The landing craft allows a maximum of 12 people to bumble up the river and due to its shallow draft, access the creeks which lead to two good country pubs.

Duration: 3-4 hours
Cost: £160

The RYA Level 1 course is a basic introduction to boat handling. This course covers the following.

* Engine starting and stopping
Slow speed manoeuvring
High Speed manoeuvring
Safety Awareness

This course is carried out along the coast and spectacular beaches and harbours of St Brides Bay. We will stop for lunch on an inaccessible beach and explore the caves and gullies of this impressive coastline.

Duration: 1 day
Cost: £95pp

The RYA Level 2 course is a comprehensive boat handling course. The syllabus is designed for the first time boat owner and an essential qualification for watersports instructors and is equivalent to the International Certificate of Competence for driving powerboats abroad. It also allows you to compete in the Zap Cat race series!

The course covers the following:

* Day 1
o Sea Safety
o Boat Equipment and designs
o Trailing
o Launching
o Engine checks, maintenance and starting.
o Basic handling and manoeuvring.
o Picking up moorings
o Coming alongside
o High speed handling
* Day 2
o Passage planning
o Anchoring
o Man overboard
o Boat Recovery

This course is carried out along the coast and spectacular beaches and harbours of St Brides Bay. We will stop for lunch on an inaccessible beach and explore the caves and gullies of this impressive coastline.

Duration: 2 days
Cost: £190pp

Yurt Hire






Big Blue has two hand-made Mongolian Yurts which are available for hire as holiday accommodation, weddings or parties. They are spacious, sturdy and very cosy.

Big Blue will deliver and construct the Yurt at your chosen location. Each Yurt comes complete with a ground sheet and carpet.

We have two yurts one is 10ft and is ideal for a couple but can sleep up to 5 close friends!
The other is 12ft and is great for a family of up to 5 or at a squeeze 7 close friends.

Cost per night (not including campsite fees)
10ft £50
12ft £60

Cost per week (not including campsite fees)
10ft £300
12ft £360

We will deliver for free within Pembrokeshire.

Please ring for delivery charges outside the county.

Big Blue Group Days






Big Blue can arrange multi-activity packages for any group. Regardless of the weather we can arrange a day incorporating 2 or 3 of the following activities or services:

* Power kiting
* Kiteboarding
* Kitesurfing
* Powerboating
* Paddleboarding
* Zap Cat Coasteering
* Wakeboarding
* Yurt Hire

Please contact us to arrange a Big Blue Day specific to you and the requirements of your group.

Locations

UK + Ireland » Whitesands BayUK + Ireland » NewgaleUK + Ireland » AbereiddyUK + Ireland » Freshwater West

Services

Surf School Schools with qualified surf instructors offering lessons and courses with equipment hire to individuals or groups, whether you are a total beginner, an intermediate surfer or an experienced surfer looking to improve your ability. Kitesurfing and Windsurfing Offering a range of services such as equipment hire, lessons and places to buy everything you might need to go kitesurfing or windsurfing, including boards, kites foils, booms, harnesses and helmets. Womens These businesses specialise in working with women surfers or women wanting to learn to surf. Camping Somewhere to pitch a tent or park your camper van. Facilities vary but can include showers, barbecues, electricity and water hook ups as well as a shop and eating or picnic areas. Watersport Centre Could offer a wide variety of water sports activities from coasteering and sea-kayaking to sailing, wakeboarding, climbing or even power boating, not forgetting surfing, stand up paddle, body boarding tuition and hire.