Start your Career as a Kiteboarding Instructor

Start your Career as a Kiteboarding Instructor

Step One – Kiteboarder Training

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.

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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.

 

IKO Hosts European Examiners Gathering

 

 

IKO is pleased to announce that during the week of June 10-14, 2013 in Tarifa, Spain, IKO Examiners located throughout Europe convened together for the first time to participate in an unprecedented “Think Tank”. Extraordinary ideas were born, including many that will advance IKO services and already excellent training programs.Continue reading

Assistant Kiteboarding Instructor Course

Assistant Kiteboarding Instructor Course

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

CAPE HATTERAS GETS OPPORTUNITY AS IKO’s TRAINING MASTER & DIRECTOR TO RUN ITC

CAPE HATTERAS GETS OPPORTUNITY
AS IKO’s TRAINING MASTER & DIRECTOR TO RUN ITC
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.”

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How-to Kiteboard “Progression” DVD

The Progression series of instructional DVDs are here to give you the confidence and motivation to improve quickly and safely.  A complete, video based learning resource that supports and builds on everything you may have already, or are about to, learn in your lessons. This DVD contains over 2.5 hours of in-depth content and analysis, covering every aspect of beginner kitesurfing from the technical basics to fundamental riding technique.

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Medic First Aid and CPR training Course

Learning how to Save Lives!

Learning to save lives

This course is open to all adults. The 1-day Medic FirstAid / CPR Course (courses run up to 6 to 7hours) depending on schedule. This course includes Audiovisual presentations, live demonstrations, practical exercises, a written test and a Medic First Aid CPR Course.practical test. This course is essential for all instructor training courses, and watersportsmen. These skills can save a life. Card and Workbook provided.

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.

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Kiteboard Instructor Training Course – Gallery.

IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) Level One ITC Course.

Become an Instructor

 

IKO Training Path

IKO Training Path

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.

Start your training path today!

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