IKO Instructor Training Course Level 1 (ITC)

Join our instructor kitesurf camp and become a certified instructor while you enjoy kitesurfing in Thailand!

The training is organized in over 5 days. It’s a comprehensive kitesurf camp with live teaching techniques combined with classroom theory/knowledge covering:

  • Safety Practical environment
  • Analysis
  • Technique Teaching psychology
  • Teaching in live situation
  • Student certification
  • Communication

The course begins with 6 online Pre-ITC Training courses that will take several days to complete. The Instructor Manual is available on the first day of the course. There will be a practical riding skills test. IKO Assistant level course or proof or one year prior teaching experience is a pre-requisite.

We have many centers across Thailand so you can sign up for the course and enjoy kitesurfing in Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin and more!

It is recommended that candidates log some hours assisting at an IKO school. Candidates may be required after the course to do shadowing hours of IKO L2 instructors teaching lessons, to meet the requirements. If you are interested in this course but do not yet have all the prerequisites, let us know and we will be able to assist you to meet the requirements. We have Kite Thailand centers all across Thailand so you can enjoy kitesurfing and fill your requirements at any of our locations in Thailand – from Phuket to Hua Hin, Samui, Krabi, and more!

IKO Certification:

By the end of the 5 days course, an instructor will be able to:

  • Pass the Pre-Course study tests on theoretical knowledge.
  • Provide the appropriate equipment to his student and adapt it.
  • Develop communication and teaching techniques that allow the students to understand and perform the required task.
  • Recognize and manage the mental state of his student.
  • Evaluate his students before the lesson.
  • Evaluate the reason for the failure of the student and provide information to help him improve.
  • Manage his teaching area and anticipate the dangers (obstacles, passer-by, other students, and instructors).
  • Teach the proper use of safety equipment.
  • Perform rescues for students & other ocean users (if necessary).
  • Self-evaluate his professional weakness and strength after having taught in the live situation.
  • As an observer during a teaching live situation, identify an instructor candidate’s professional weakness or strength.
  • Describe the key point of an exercise to enable the student to do it.
  • Certify a student with the Kiteboarder card.
  • Deal with own stress tiredness.
  • Be a good role model.
  • Obtain a minimum rate of 70% at the final written exam.
Qualified instructors are able to:
  • Teach kitesurfing with a ratio of maximum 2 kites/4 students simultaneously.
  • Teach kitesurfing following IKO standards.
  • Certify students up to IKO kiteboarder level 3.
  • Teach recreational power kite to maximum 6 students simultaneously.
Your benefits:
    • Access to the Pro Area of the IKO website
    • Priority over other candidates for enrollment in ITCs
    • Be able to purchase IKO Kiteboarder Insurance (where available)
    • Be able to purchase IKO products at Pro prices
    • Access to the job opening listings on the IKO website and post a seeking employment ad viewable to IKO Centers and points
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Kiteboard for more than 12 months, and a minimum of 6 months at IKO level N3 (upwind riding, jumping & other skills).
  • Have a strong riding level, including being able to perform jumps with grabs, controlled turns, switch (toe-side) riding
  • Be able to ride confidently and safely with other riders.
  • Have completed an IKO Assistant Instructor Certification course (AITC now mandatory)
  • Have a current, valid First aid & CPR certificate.
  • Have a powerboat license, a boat safety course certificate.
  • Complete the IKO 6 Pre-ITC online training courses and pass the 6 tests 70%.

Level 1 Instructor info – IKO website