Get your IKO at BLOW!
IKO Instructor training
Make your hobby your work and becomes IKO instructor at BLOW!
What should I be able to do as a kitesurf instructor?
As a kitesurf instructor you need at least enough experience as a kiter. According to the official IKO standards you can only follow an IKO course instructor if you have the following basic skills:
- You have to be able to sail upwind and downwind
- You have to be able to land a jump
- You have to be able to make a smooth turn
- You must be able to practice a self-rescue
In addition to these physical exercises, it is also important that you can convey something well (didactics). During a kitesurfing lesson, a lot is required of a student theoretical understanding, practical exercises and insight. It is therefore nice to have an instructor who can explain everything clearly, has patience and makes it a great time. The speed and pleasure with which a student makes progress during the kitesurfing lessons largely depends on the instructor. You will all learn these kinds of skills during the Assistant Instructor Training Course (AITC) and the Instructor Training Course (ITC).
The training of the International Kitesurf Organization is by far the most famous international kitesurfing training worldwide. Since the sport started, the IKO method has been developed into a worldwide recognized teaching method that guides course participants from beginners to independent kite surfers. An IKO certificate is therefore valid and recognized worldwide. The same applies to the instructor training and the associated certification. The biggest advantage of an IKO training is that you can then start as a kitesurf instructor all over the world!
How do I become an independent IKO kitesurfing teacher?
An independent IKO kitesurfing teacher has the AITC and the ITC successfully closed. In addition to this certification, it is then very important that you gain experience in practice.
Do you also want to convey your passion?
Register for the AITC and ITC course and become
an independent kitesurfing teacher #bestjobintheworld
First run a lesson and then kitty yourself!
That combination is too crazy! Therefore, sign up to become an IKO instructor
Training Course (AITC)
What does this training mean?
The Assistant Instructor course of Assistant Instructor Training Course (AITC) is an intensive period of 5 days in which both theory and practice are discussed and in which you work with your co-students in various fields. The mornings are mainly theoretical and the afternoons are practically organized. The subjects covered include material knowledge, meteorology, aerodynamics, wind effects, and the principles of teaching methods according to the IKO standards.
After your own kit skills are judged on the basis of a demonstration, it is time for practical lessons. The Assistant Trainer demonstrates the teaching methods according to the IKO standards, after which the students go through the exercises with each other. In small groups you give your first lessons to real beginners.
At the end of the course there is an online exam for which you have two hours to complete. If the course is completed successfully, you will be certified as an IKO Assistant Instructor. If desired, you can immediately follow the IKO Instructor Level 1 training.
What can I do after the AITC?
After this training you can teach starting kite surfers in the following sections:
- Weather & wind knowledge
- Explain setup kite & Safety systems
- Explain wind window
- Raising & lowering the kite
- Control the kite
The above theory and exercises normally take place on land. Following are exercises that take place in the water and from this point on you are no longer authorized to teach with an AITC certificate. That is why it is wise to go straight for the Instructor Training Course (ITC).
- At least 16 years old
- IKO Level 3N level:
Do a turn, upwind and hitchhiking. Can also be controlled between other kiters.
- Read and write English
The costs for the 5 day AITC course are € 550, - including VAT and all the material you need for the course.
When is the AITC?
AITC Wednesday 7 September – Sunday 11 September
BLOW Kitesurfing school?
- Fully catered AITC & ITC including IKO Headmaster
- Study area at the Sand Motor
- The possibility of lunch & dinner in our own BLOW Beach House (food & drinks not included in the price)
- Newest materials as lesson gears
- Changing room and hot showers
And perhaps the best reason of all (if you have succeeded):
- a summer job at BLOW as an instructor, check our page quickly: Working at BLOW
Instructor Training Course (ITC)
The IKO course is an intensive period of 6 days in which both theory and practice are discussed and in which the theme 'Safety' forms the main theme. The IKO course starts with a first aid course where, if everything goes according to the guidelines, you will be certified at the end of the day. Subsequently, you will be working intensively with your co-students in various areas during the remaining 5 days. You start with the theoretical background where different topics are dealt with. These topics include safety standards, teaching methods according to the IKO standards, psychology and all training components of a lesson. You will also have to give some presentations on these topics.
In addition to this relevant basic knowledge, the practice is also amply discussed. After your own kit skills are judged on the basis of a demonstration, it is time for practical lessons. The examiner demonstrates the teaching methods according to the IKO standards, after which the students go through the exercises with each other. You will be critically assessed by both the co-students and the examiner. There is also a boat exercise for saving a kite and kiter.
At the end of the course you will teach students where different aspects will be assessed by the examiner. You will also have to take a written exam. If the course is completed successfully you will be certified as IKO Instructor Level 1. You can find more information about the IKO standards www.ikointl.com
What can I do after the ITC?
After the ITC you are a full-fledged, independent IKO instructor and you and your students can go through the entire process from beginning to advanced kitesurfer from bodydraggen to bends and first jumps. Your certificate is valid throughout the world and you can therefore offer kite surfing lessons anywhere in the world. If you prefer to stay in the Netherlands to give kitesurfing lessons in the summer months or an entire season, then you are more than welcome. Then check the following page: Working at BLOW
- At least 18 years old
- IKO Level 4 level:
Do a jump with grab, board recovery.
- Own an IKO Assistant diploma
- Hold a valid first aid diploma, or follow it at the start of the IKO course
- Read and write English
The costs for the 5-day ITC course are €950,- including all the material you need for the course (excluding first aid). If you are in possession of a valid first aid certificate (maximum 1 year old), you do not need to follow an extra course. Do you still need first aid? The costs for this course are €80.
When is the ITC?
First Aid Tuesday 13 September 2022
ITC Wednesday, September 14 – Sunday, September 18, 2022