To obtain a kiteboarder certification card, you will have to undergo a live skills assessment with a Certified kiteboarding instructor. The test includes both theory and practical elements. Procedure:
the Skills assessment usually takes between 1 and 2 hours.
The instructor will ask general questions to assess your level of knowledge, and also quiz you about your knowledge, including right of way rules, safety rules, weather knowledge, knowledge of wind effects, and you ability to assess the conditions. Your instructor will ask you to assess the daily conditions including;
• making an estimation of the wind speed, using visual indicators.
• The instructor will ask you for the relative wind direction, and its significance.
• What is the tide condition and concerns. Equipment Knowledge:
• What is the best size equipment to rig for the day? Then you will be asked to rig your gear, and the instructor will assess how you rig,
• is the gear rigged correctly and safely,
• and are the settings correctly adjusted. Instructor will ask you to describe your float and fly plan,
• choosing your launch spot, and landing spots, and backup emergency landing spot. Launching and landing procedure:
• Instructor will ask you to describe how you intend to launch and self-land your kite, as well as your emergency landing procedures.
• You will have to describe “emergency stopping”, and proper “self-rescue” procedure. Practical test:
• The instructor will ask you to self-launch (where appropriate) and ride in the test area, show good kite skills, and stay upwind, demonstrate good control, turns, jumps and of course strong upwind riding. Safe riding; the ability to navigate among other kiters and other users is a safe manner. Also riding is a safe controlled manner.
• Usually there is a time limit, and a limit on the number of crashes, depending on conditions one or 2 small crashes might be acceptable, but no major loss of control, like crashing into another water user, or severe loss of kite control.
• Student will also have to demonstrate an emergency landing using safety systems, and do a full self rescue. And return to the beach unaided. Review and redo:
• Finally the instructor will review the knowledge with the student and if necessary recommend more Study, or More practice to get the desired level. Certification:
• Once a successful test assessment has been passed, the instructor is permitted to Certify the student with the Kiteboarder Card.
• This includes registering them online with the certifying body.
• The student may have to also register online and confirm the test, to complete their registration. Cost of the assessment:
There is usually no cost for the Kiteboarder Card itself, but the cost for this Skills Assessment is equal to the instructor’s normal hourly rates.
The Best way to start your new career as a kiteboarding Instructor is to take professional lessons from an IKO certified Kiteboarding Instructor. Being properly trained as an IKO kiteboarder will ensure that you are using the correct technique and following the safest methods. Your IKO instructor will certify you in all of the stages, give you an IKO Kiteboarder Certification Card, and register you in the IKO kiteboarder database. There are IKO schools and Instructors worldwide. If you did not learn with an IKO instructor, you can still do a “Kiteboarder Skills Assessment Test” with any IKO certified Instructor, to check your riding ability, and safety knowledge, and theory level. Your IKO instructor can fill in any gaps in your knowledge and ensure that you are prepared to go forward in the training.
Step Two – Instructor Training
After you have successfully completed your kiteboarder training, and have consolidated your experience by riding at Level 3N for at least 6 months. You are then eligible to attend the IKO Assistant Instructor Course. Check the calendar for a course near you or tell your local provider you are interested in a course, so that they can group candidates together and start a course (AITC courses usually have a minimum of 3 candidates to run a course). Register to join one of our ITC Instructor Training Courses. Kiteboarding Instruction training gives you a certification that is recognized worldwide, and give you many career opportunities. Certified Kiteboarding Instructors are in High Demand, and can work in many of the world’s best destinations. The IKO instructor training Courses include the; AITC, ITC, Level2, and Level2 Senior, and various Coaching Courses.
Step Three – Trainer Training
Senior Instructors who have gained experience with teaching and logged their teaching hours can move onto the third step, to become a trainer. A kiteboarding trainer is responsible for training the next generation of kiteboarding Instructors. This is a very important responsibility as the training will affect the safety of all of the trainees, and their students as well. Dedicated and qualified instructors can apply to begin the trainer training, and must first be selected by the training committee, based on individual merit, experience and qualifications. The trainer training path includes the; Coach trainer, Assistant Examiner, Examiner, and Training Master levels.
ITC Booking Procedures: Each ITC course is a special event. To see when courses are available you can check the IKO training calendar, or check the schedule of the individual IKO training center. Each ITC Course requires extensive preparation and organization. ITC courses are scheduled months in advance. The lead in time is used to prepare the course and the candidates. Many candidates will travel internationally or long distances to attend our courses, so their travel arrangements and schedules need to be set in advance.
Enrollment: To enroll in the course you should fill out the Application Form, and/or contact the organizer with your details email, phone number and dates. The organizer will send you the course requirements and information via email, or send you the links to the website info. The candidates should read the information thoroughly, and familiarize themselves with the details. Each candidate must meet the course’s *prerequisites before the commencement of the course.
Deposit: Candidates must pay their deposit before the course to make a reservation. Then pay the balance of the pre-course payment to make their confirmation into the course. Deposits are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by the organizer.
Maximum number: There are a maximum number of candidates allowed for each course. If the course is overbooked, the organizer may create a standby list in case of any cancellations. If you are on the standby list for the course you should also have the pre-requisites, and the deposit paid.
Cancellation: ITC Courses need a minimum of 4-6 candidates to be run. If there are not enough candidates to run the course before the cut off date, the course will be cancelled.
Cut-off date: The cut off date for enrollment is usually 30 days before the course. Do not expect that last minute enrollments will be accepted. However this is up to the organizer.
Confirmation: Confirmation in the course is usually 30 days prior to the course. Then the organizer has the minimum number of paid qualified candidates. The second payment is required at the time of confirmation (usually 50% the course fee).
Travel to the Course: When booking travel arrangements you should be sure that your course has been confirmed at the cut-off date. If you need to make travel arrangements more than 30 days in advance of the course you should be sure that your tickets are refundable of transferable. Please note that many cheap tickets are not transferable and you could lose you money if you do not travel on your exact dates. Travel insurance may help in the event of cancellations or medical problems.
The International Kiteboarding Organization (I.K.O.) is the world’s largest kiteboarding community, with a worldwide organization of kiteboarding schools, instructors, and kiteboarders. The IKO provides support for Instructors, Students and kiteboarding communities. The IKO Kiteboarding programs are designed to help you learn in a safe way while your IKO Instructor respects your rhythm and takes you through all the steps so you can reach your goals. The IKO Certification standards and training are recognized in over 40 countries worldwide. There is a worldwide network of affiliated schools and instructors. Each one has made a commitment to quality and safety. Every IKO School and Instructor became certified through hard work, dedication, training courses, qualification criteria and safety standards. You can recognize IKO Schools and instructors and products from their distinctive logos and trademarks. IKO schools, only use Current IKO Certified Instructors, and teach according to the safety standards. IKO Schools display certificates, flags, and issue IKO Kiteboarder Cards to every student. Only schools that meet the high standards can become IKO Affiliated Kiteboarding Schools.
SCHOOLS: Learning how to kiteboard in an IKO Affiliated Center assures safe and fast learning using quality tested methods that maneuver you safely off the beach and into the water! IKO affiliated centers have specific liability insurance coverage and you also can subscribe to the Kiteboarder’s insurance in your center of choice, or click here for more information.
INSTRUCTORS: Instructors are competent kiteboarders who have undergone Instructor Training Courses and learned the IKO teaching methodology. Kiteboard instructor training is intense, and includes communication, safety, lesson planning, rescues, and people skills. An IKO Instructor also commits to undergo ongoing training to stay current. There are different levels of instructor from Assistant, Level 1, Level, 2, Level 2 Senior, etc.
STUDENTS: Students learn using the latest proven teaching techniques. the Student progresses through the IKO learning levels from Discovery, Intermediate until they “graduate” as Independent level kiteboarders. Students receive a structured lesson plan, that is easy to follow and can be tailored to the individual. Students can switch between instructors and schools with the standardized teaching system.
MEMBERS: Students can become an IKO member and get access to the IKO community website, news, maybe win a kite, get discounts on gear, and automatically receive one year’s kite rider liability/injury insurance for all your kiting activities. Membership is open to all kiteboarding students with their IKO kiteboarder Cert Card.
LEVELS: Listed below are the IKO Kiteboarder levels. These are a series of skills and tasks in the ideal sequence. The Skills chart allows students to gauge their progress and plan their training. They also help identify a student’s skill level, when transferring between schools, or when proving their level of competency. Every IKO Instructor gives the student a level at the end of every session. Every Student should receive their level listed on their Kiteboarder Card at the end of their training. The Skill Chart is also available on the IKO’s website, and in the IKO kiteboarder handbook, and Workbooks.
EDUCATION: IKO has an online education system that offers many courses to improve your knowledge in kiteboarding. Some courses are free to IKO members, and some courses can be taken for a fee. There are two Online education areas, one for the kiteboarding members, and one for the Pro-members (instructors). All levels of kiteboarder are encouraged to improve their knowledge, and continue their learning with the IKO’s Kiteboarder Online Education system.
PRODUCTS: IKO has a range of products to help kiteboarders, Instructional DVD’s and Kiteboarder Handbooks, and Manuals. The Progressions DVD Series is highly recommended. there are four levels; Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional.
Start your career by becoming an IKO certified Assistant Kiteboarding Instructor. This is your first step to becoming a professional instructor, and teaches you the basic skills that will allow you to start working in a kiteboarding school. Continue reading
IKO’s David Dorn to Train and Certify IKO Instructors in USA
The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) best known as the world’s largest professional kiteboarding community is pleased to announce David Dorn, IKO’s training director and certified training master, will run an instructor training course (ITC) in Cape Hatteras, NC, USA, April 22-30, 2013. Having the opportunity to be trained by such an expertly qualified kiting athlete is a rare opportunity. “Our very own David Dorn will be training on the East Coast USA at Kite Center Hatteras in the Outer Banks,” said Frederic Béné, CEO and co-founder of IKO. “This Center along with all our affiliated Kite Centers worldwide has professional teams expertly trained to start students at any level using the IKO’s progressive teaching methods.” Click to learn more about IKO’s training path. For people who want to get certified as an IKO Instructor, courses are available in USA locations such as: Florida, Cape Hatteras, New York, Hood River, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hawaii and more. In the USA, IKO has twelve pro-centers for water and snow, plus three examiners providing instructor training courses as well as hundreds of active IKO instructors working in the US and abroad. “IKO is the biggest name in professional kiteboarding certifications so don’t waste money on a no-name course. IKO is run by real kiteboarders who are strong and dedicated always doing their best job,” explains IKO Training Director, David Dorn. “If you are serious about becoming a kiteboarding instructor, get certified with IKO because we have the best training and support available.”
IKO USA Press release,
The International Kiteboarding Organization is best known as the world’s largest professional kiteboarding community.
IKO is also the biggest kiteboarding organization in the United States with 12 pro- centers (on water and snow), plus 3 US Examiners provide ITC Instructor training Courses, and hundreds of active American instructors are working here and traveling abroad.
Making kiteboarding into a career is possible with Instructor training and Certification courses. We offer Courses from IKO the world’s most respected training system. Instructors are trained and certified up to the international standards, and course graduates can work anywhere in the world. There are always jobs for kite instructors in this growing industry. Teaching kiteboarding is a fun a rewarding experience and a great way to improve your skills and knowledge. Teaching kiteboarding is also a great way to socialize and meet new people and there are many travel opportunities as well.
IKO offers the most up-to-date kiteboarding training courses with level progression. IKO has established a training path from entry-level recreational courses to pro courses that offer a range of instructor certifications.
IKO courses are performance based kiteboard programs. At the introductory level, practical knowledge and safety skills are the foundations established. More advanced concepts, kiteboard tricks and instructor training come in later courses when a kiteboarder has progressed through the training path gaining the necessary practical knowledge and experience.
The International Kiteboarding Organization issues IKO Kiteboarder Cards to all graduates of their kiteboarding programs. IKO Kiteboarder Cards are the Kiteboarder’s Driver’s license for kiteboarding. IKO Cards are a proof of your Kiteboarding Ability and are great for proving your level of proficiency whenever you travel. IKO cards are required to kite in many restricted areas. And IKO Cards are required to rent equipment in most places. Whenever you get a lesson from an IKO certified Instructor, you will ALWAYS get a card.
Whenever you get a kiteboarding lesson or checkout ride, Insist on using an IKO instructor who can issue you the card. Insist on having an IKO certified instructor because only an IKO certified Instructor can issue you with one of these cards. Otherwise you are wasting your time and money. IKO Cards are recognized everywhere in the kiteboarding world.