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About Free your Mind
Learn to kitesurf and surf with us, with a lot of fun and being safe. One of the best kiteschools in Tarifa. Highest standards of teaching, safety and loads of fun are our mottos: you will get to know why so many people choose us as their travel & sports partner in Tarifa and around the world. We will adapt your classes and courses to your needs and capacities. Come as a stranger and leave as a friend!
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Our semi-private kite course is the optimal way to learn kitesurfing safely and adapted to the highest safety standards.
We teach according to all local and current regulations.
A kite is shared for 3 hours, so you have time to catch your breath and experience a great, fun activity.
In our many years of experience, students learn best and most efficiently.
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Klaus - Peter wrote a review Yesterday
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It was a amazing experience! I love it! Friendly people. Beautiful beach. Lessons in high quality! The instructors made a good Job.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Ninä wrote a review Jul 2022
Zurich, Switzerland8 contributions
I had with Lilly from Free your Mind Team my first experience at all with the Kite. Which means i had more or less 4 hours private lessons just for the handling the kite - because for me in tarifa in april the wind was too strong for a beginner well at least for me. But she teached me very well and i felt with the her safe and comfortable. perfect start for kiting even i did nothing in the water. I defently high recommend Lilly for everyone as a teacher. All the Best Lilly !! LG von Zürich und hoffentlich sehen wir uns bald. Nina
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from cvmdt, Owner at Free your Mind
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you Nina for your kind words and review. Delighted to hear you had a great experience and appreciate our great teacher Lilli. We truly hope to welcome you again and bestbwoshes from your Free your Mind team
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Miguel wrote a review Jul 2022
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I would totally recommend Free your mind to learn kitesurf. From the organisation to the instructors they are all nice, open and very professional. I took 3 days of private kitesurfing classes with Connie and it could not have been better. She makes sure that you learn properly, giving very helpful tips and paying attention that you progress in a safe way. I will definitely come back.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from cvmdt, Owner at Free your Mind
Responded Jul 5, 2022
Thank you very much for your nice words and review! We hope to see you again soon in Tarifa or even our camps in Morocco 😊 All the best from your Free your Mind team
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sambo73 wrote a review May 2022
Scotland13 contributions3 helpful votes
Where to begin with this review which ended up being just one long and really frustrating experience. We appreciate that this is quite the contrary to all other reviews and we had researched FYM before choosing this school liking the reviews so clearly our experience is unfortunate. To begin the kite instructor (Sebastian) was lovely. Sebastian (Basti) clearly had our best interests at heart. He was looking at wind conditions and figuring out how best to manage our time - perfect really felt looked after as conditions where on/off when we were over so exactly what we needed. So how come the 2/5 review when we'd of given the instructor a 5/5 from the outset? That comes down to expectations which from our point of view materially failed to meet our needs. That was because to get time on the water had to go through a Manager. Ultimately the experience and how our hope to become kite surfers in the time we had wasn't managed as well as it should have been. To explain from our perspective (which we know FYM will convey there own response on); We had a limited time to kite surf (4/5 full days weather permitting) and that was made clear to the school at the beginning. That initial communication was somehow arranged it transpired via a Yoga teacher in Tenerife not sure why so many focal points in this company possibly a way for things to fall between the cracks? Once forms had been completed and number of lessons / days arranged for the kiting we (my wife and I) were then passed the WhatsApp details of a Kite Manager (Lilli) whom we made contact with. Later it transpired that for our time in Tarifa our contact Lilli has departed and was now in Germany and was managing the school from there. At this time we had an invoice for 4 days of 3hr sessions via the Yoga teacher in Tenerife. Our holiday plan - to kite surf for at least 4 days 3 hours a day 12 hours total. Clear we were over for 5 full days and possibly 0.5day on final day on Monday. Note we both done some body dragging with kites before so hoped this would help us getting time on the board. We hoped this would see us leave Tarifa getting away on the boards. Lesson 1 we were told roughly what to expect and this provided an opportunity to be clear what prior kiting experience we had. Time went as follows; Day 1 - lost day no wind, obv no kiting so no problem - we took time to go to the school to meet the instructors off our own backs. We realise though no-one kiting was present / manning that place and comms are to be done via WhatsApp. Day 2 - meet instructor at beach in afternoon when wind is ok as arranged (via WhatsApp). We manage 2 hrs of the planned 3hrs kiting with Basti who (I repeat) was lovely instructor. The wind dipped so had to cut lesson short (great flexibility), told no wind forecast for the following day. Verbally my wife changed plans with Basti so that we'll focus our time when the wind due to pick up on our final few days of trip (Sat & Sun). Clear Monday might also be possible but would rely on early wind conditions which we are told is no earlier than 11am. At this point we feel like Basti has a clear understanding of the limited time we had to learn and what our objectives are. Day 3 - no wind (as known) Day 4 - in morning oddly given message from Lilli if we can give update if we want to take a 2nd lesson or not. Then messages that Basti didn't inform her also of desire to continue - not sure why Basti to blame as we already filled in forms saying we wanted 12hrs 4x3 days etc.. Perhaps time spent relaying all messages to Tenerife and to Basti not understood by manager it seemed to us? In same message we are told need to postpone Saturday afternoon classes as wind "is not there" and that we should aim to be at beach after 5pm because of this. Also told that this Saturday lesson will only happen "if the wind kicks in". We drive out of Tarifa around midday to make use of time on day trip due to lack of 'wind time'. On leaving Tarifa there is strong wind and there are literally 100's of kites and great steady wind e.g. how is wind delay? Conditions pretty much exactly as Basti told us were anticipated. We query with Lilli why we are being told no wind early in the day when we can see it evident. At this point are we are told that wind is not the only issue and in fact that there are other students out with Basti today. Felt that the earlier message only around wind were not the full truth. Also seemed odd that wind was an issue at all as the winds strong in the morning and Basti already told us 11am was the earliest wind in Tarifa for kiting. Note Lilli accuses us of accusing her of lying but all we said was that wind conditions appears not the only factor impacting why we can't go out earlier in day as planned (and now surely needed to try best to make up for lost time!). At this point we both felt completely deflated and frustrated that there is great wind and we are only to be given a 5pm+ slot in Lilli's words "if the wind picks up". How much clearer could we have been that we needed the time? We are told some comms issues between Basti not passing information to Manager. Why Basti at fault when all forms were filled in for multiple days etc anyway I have no idea?? We also get a strange note back about us accusing the instructor of lying. What we said was that absence of wind as we were told was the issue for a 5pm+ start was definitely not the full story. Also we are basically given a slot of 5pm+ "if the wind picks up" makes us feel like we are low priority customers for some reason. We'd of rather have been told early if instructor availability an issue as use of those few days was very precious to us and no other opportunity go get another instructor by time we realise what is going on. Feel communication back and forth about the reasons for such a late start and so little time remaining is only making matters worse. Actually is upsetting for everyone and still getting messages on my wife's birthday when all we want is to try and have nice day away from the frustration. Clearly we do not see eye to eye on what has happened and nobody is happy for sometime.. Had Basti been leading the lessons for us I think he'd of said listen guys great wind conditions today we have the opportunity to make up for lost time earlier in the week and we'd obviously have jumped at it. Instead we are left with what feels like the possibility of some time later in the day when other clients have been instructed. The manager not even aware of our desire for many days through multiple points of contact in the company hasn't worked and has failed us. All in one terribly frustrating experience. I do really not like also being told I accused the Manager of lying. Lack of wind though was self-evidently not the case. Had Sebastian been organising our experience I'm sure it would have been fine but the kite manager in Germany meant that we lost key time, our aims clearly somehow weren't conveyed. WhatsApp is clearly not an efficient way of managing this situation and a poor substitute for face to face contact this eventuality needed. It clearly did not work and we were working to different mindsets. On my last day of my holiday and spending time detailing this note :-( To my frustration very few of these points have been acknowledged by FYM and it appears like we are to blame for not communicating our expectations.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from cvmdt, Owner at Free your Mind
Responded May 26, 2022
Dear Sam, Sorry to hear your experience with us was not as you expected, after only one kite class. Indeed you were not lucky with the wind conditions during your stay, and as you know, that is the only thing we can not control. After talking to our Center Manager and reading all your previous emails with one of our friendly booking agents (which you refer to as a "yoga teacher in Tenerife"), what transpired is that there was definitely some miscommunication but also misunderstandings. The latter may be because our staff is mainly German speaking, therefore some cultural and language issues may have risen during your written or spoken communication. As a non German speaking person myself, I can relate to that. Our apologies for this of course. May I, though, point out that we have been using whatsapp for 7 years now and never ever had any issues before. Also having some remote colleagues in covid times is not surprising ;) but they were only out of Tarifa some days for personal matters, which is also fine I believe as it did not affect any operations or classes beside you I am afraid. This falls into a very particular situation that you and your wife found yourselves and a build up of expectations when it comes to your holidays and kitesurfing. I understood that because of your very busy lives, children, etc, this was a one window opportunity that you had here in Tarifa, and so I can definitely get your frustration when you could not get the hours on a kite you expected. Lastly, please know that this is our first bad review, in more than 10 years as a Kiteschool in Tarifa, which also should show what our level of service and professionalism has been throughout this time. I can understand your frustration on not achieving your goals that week, and we could have done a better job at properly communicating with you :) I am sure, but again, when conditions are not favorable for kitesurfing, there is not much we can do. We thrive to make our customers happy and many come back but also refer us to their friends and family. We hope we can one day redeem your stay with us, and have a better time in southern spain. Best wishes from our team.
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Ni V wrote a review Oct 2021
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I had a great experience doing the kite surf camp with Free your mind. I liked it that much that I actually prolonged it by one week to progress even more. The team was great and gave their very best every day!
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Response from cvmdt, Owner at Free your Mind
Responded Oct 23, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind review Nicolas, it was really awesome to have you with us! Looking forward to meeting you again soon :) All the best and warm regards from our Team!
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