My husband and I booked a 2 hour windsurfing lesson with AAV when we arrived in Aruba on Feb.23rd. We looked at a few other companies websites before we left, and chose AAV because of the great reviews and reasonable pricing. You can book with AAV online and get 10% off your lesson. Carlos was our windsurfing instructor and he was terrific in teaching us the basics. There were 8 of us in the class. The windsurfing board and sail are already set up, so unlike some other companies we have taken lessons from, AAV was perfect in having the equipment ready to go and we just learned how to windsurf for a day. My husband and I have no interest in buying our own windsurfing equipment, we just wanted to learn how to stay on the board and windsurf for fun. Other companies can take up your time explaining how the boards are made, making you put it together, explaining in too much detail; when all we want to do is know the basics of how to windsurf and have fun on the water for a day or two. AAV was perfect for that! Carlos explained a few important things on the shore, then put us all in the water to start surfing! And we all were up and windsurfing on our first try! It was so much fun and the winds are perfect in Aruba for learning. We learned the basics of getting on your board in the water, how to bring the sail up to you, how to hold it, change sides, turn, and dismount. He told us the next lesson would be on how to come back to shore, and this was after I unsuccessfully tried to do the square he asked us to try; that was because the second lesson shows you how to tack back to shore. If you sign up for the three hour lesson/three hour practice package, it seems like they divide that into three days (2 hours each day of one hour instruction one hour practice); so if you have three days, that would be worth it. We did not, so the 2 hour lesson was perfect. You are pretty tired after 2 hours in the wind and climbing on your board each time you fall.
We also signed up to landsail for a bit. Marcel and Arramko (not sure if that is how you spell his name) set up the landsails in no time and we had such a wonderful fun time playing around with those up by the lighthouse. You follow their truck with the equipment to the "track" and they show you the basics, then once you do it yourself you can get the feel of the wind and sail, turning and slowing down tricks, and it is fun fun fun! I was nervous about falling over, but the cars are built so well, you only spin out if anything. No scrapes or bruises. A fun 2 hours. They provide helmuts and water. I did it in flip-flops even. AAV was a good bunch of folks, who were trustworthy, relaxed, and good at instructing. I will use them again when we go back. A great company.
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