The Assistant Course is an intensive period of 5 days in which both theory and practice is involved. You’ll be working together with your fellow trainees on multiple topics. The mornings are usually more theoretical and the afternoon are for practical exercises. The topics that are involved are, amongst others, equipment knowledge, meteorology, aerodynamics, wind effects and the basics of teaching methods according to the IKO standards.
After you have demonstrated your own kiting skills it is time for the practical lessons. The Assistant Trainer will demonstrate the teaching methods after which you will discuss and perform the same methods. In small groups you’ll be teaching the first lessons to real beginners.
To complete the training you will have two hours to complete an online exam. Once you’ve successfully passed the course you will be certified as an IKO Assistant. If you are interested you can directly continue with the IKO Instructor Level 1 training.
IKO Assistant Requirements
- Be at least 16 years old
- IKO kiteboarder advanced level:
- Make a turn, upwind- and toeside riding
- Basic jumps
- Self rescue in deep water
- Controlled riding between other riders
- Do a jump with grab
- Jump transition
- Board recovery
- Rider recovery
- Read and write in English