IKO Kiteboarding Organization

IKO Kiteboarding Organization

IKO Kiteboarding Organization

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.


Become an Instructor

Become an Instructor

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.

For more information:

Kiteboard Instructor Training Course – Gallery.

IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) Level One ITC Course.

Become an Instructor


Early Bird Kiteboarding Specials 2 hrs(Day 1)

Early Bird Kiteboarding   Specials  2 hrs (Day 1) $99.00

Unbeatable Lowest Prices on Kite Beach Maui

Take advantage of this special offer and exceptional discount.
You save up to 50% off regular priced lessons.

Recommended for:  Beginners, or as a refresher course if it’s been awhile between lessons, available only from 9am to 11am Monday to Friday.

Are you a little nervous about kiteboarding ? Not sure?

Then this is the class for you!

We start early, 9 am., so we can have the whole beach practically to ourselves.

This is a beach only class; we will not even be going into the water on this first, explore kiting & first piloting course.

You will learn to fly our 2 meter trainer kite; you will learn the proper techniques to keep the kite under YOUR CONTROL (instead of the other way around). When you feel thoroughly comfortable with the trainer kite we will move on to flying the larger inflatable kite on the beach. Your instructor will be with you at all times. This class is all about fun and safety. You will learn how to pilot the kite, the right techniques to keep yourself safe at all times and will gain the confidence required to move on to the next level! After this class you can decide if you want to continue with more lessons and the price of this lesson can be applied to one of our great packages!

First piloting on the trainer kite - Kitebeach Maui
First piloting on the trainer kite – Kitebeach Maui

Kiteboarding 5-day Course

Kiteboarding 5-day Course

Kiteboarding 5-day CourseThis 5-lesson course includes 15 hours of kiteboarding instruction spread over five days. This is a discounted package. The classic course gives the student a great head start in the sport of kiteboarding. In the industry this is considered to be the basic level of training for those purchasing kiteboarding equipment. This course covers, Equipment selection, rigging and tuning for the various conditions, Safe launching procedures Assisted launching and self-launching, waterstarts and water recoveries. Navigate around moving & fixed objects. Students will have a solid understanding of kiteboarding safety protocols and self-rescue procedures. A complete range of boards and kites are provided to accelerate the learning process. This course is recommended for people with no previous watersports training who want to learn the sport of kiteboarding and have a thorough understanding of all the skills, and develop board riding skills. Students with previous watersports experience and board riding skills will achieve an even higher skill level according to their previous experience.

To make your reservation Book Online or Call: +1 (808) 283-7913