Becoming an IKO Kitesurf Instructor

I did my IKO Instructor Training Course (ITC) at Miami Kiteboarding School (http://miamikiteboarding.com/). The 5-day course costs $890 and always runs from Wednesdays to Sundays at the Miami location. To do the course, you have to be kiting for at least a year, stay upwind, ride toeside, land basic jumps and transitions and demonstrate a self-rescue & pack down in deep water. IMG_1873Prior to the ITC, you have to do the Assistant Instructor Training Course (AITC) which I already did in 2012 at Venturi Kite Center (www.venturikite.com) on Margarita Island, Venezuela. Furthermore, it is required to have a valid CPR/Medical First Aid and a boat license certification such as www.boatingbasicsonline.com. The ITC course started every day at 9am and ended around 5pm. After finishing our first day we had a welcome drink at Whiskey Joe’s, Key Biscayne which was a nice way to get to know the other students. The first two days we went through lots of theory, did the riding skills test and demonstrated a self-rescue. After the end of the day we had to do a little multiple choice test. On the third day we were “shadowing” our examiner Christophe Ribot while he was teaching a student. Then, everybody was given a task to teach that part to a student. The tasks were Kite Set-up, First Pilot, One-Hand, Body Drag, Water-Start, Safety System, Self-Rescue, Upwind Riding. After you finished your task, we were given feedback. Saturday and Sunday we had real students. Two of us were teaching one student. On Sunday morning we did our final written test. The test had about 70 multiple choice questions, then we had to draw different wind effects and explain why a student fails in certain learning situations, what the reason could be and how we could help the student. At the end of the day we all went to Bayside Hut (www.baysidehut.net) and while having a beer, each of us had a personal talk with Christophe. He would then tell us if we passed as an instructor or not. Some people would get “shadowing” hours which means they were not allowed to teach by themselves yet. Once they complete the “shadowing” hours, they can become an IKO Kitesurf Instructor. Luckily, I passed without any shadowing hours and am proud to be able to call myself an IKO Kitesurf Instructor Level 1 now!

I did my IKO Instructor Training Course (ITC) at Miami Kiteboarding School (http://miamikiteboarding.com/). The 5-day course costs $890 and always runs from Wednesdays to Sundays at the Miami location. To do the course, you have to be kiting for at least a year, stay upwind, ride toeside, land basic jumps and transitions and demonstrate a self-rescue & pack down in deep water. IMG_1873Prior to the ITC, you have to do the Assistant Instructor Training Course (AITC) which I already did in 2012 at Venturi Kite Center (www.venturikite.com) on Margarita Island, Venezuela. Furthermore, it is required to have a valid CPR/Medical First Aid and a boat license certification such as www.boatingbasicsonline.com. The ITC course started every day at 9am and ended around 5pm. After finishing our first day we had a welcome drink at Whiskey Joe’s, Key Biscayne which was a nice way to get to know the other students. The first two days we went through lots of theory, did the riding skills test and demonstrated a self-rescue. After the end of the day we had to do a little multiple choice test. On the third day we were “shadowing” our examiner Christophe Ribot while he was teaching a student. Then, everybody was given a task to teach that part to a student. The tasks were Kite Set-up, First Pilot, One-Hand, Body Drag, Water-Start, Safety System, Self-Rescue, Upwind Riding. After you finished your task, we were given feedback. Saturday and Sunday we had real students. Two of us were teaching one student. On Sunday morning we did our final written test. The test had about 70 multiple choice questions, then we had to draw different wind effects and explain why a student fails in certain learning situations, what the reason could be and how we could help the student. At the end of the day we all went to Bayside Hut (www.baysidehut.net) and while having a beer, each of us had a personal talk with Christophe. He would then tell us if we passed as an instructor or not. Some people would get “shadowing” hours which means they were not allowed to teach by themselves yet. Once they complete the “shadowing” hours, they can become an IKO Kitesurf Instructor. Luckily, I passed without any shadowing hours and am proud to be able to call myself an IKO Kitesurf Instructor Level 1 now!

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