IKO Instructor Training Course

Do you want to unite your passion with your job? As an IKO Instructor, you will be eligible to teach kiteboarding around the world.


The Instructor Training Course (ITC) is based on IKO kiteboard teaching methods, which are recognized as the international standard in kiteboard teaching. The ITC runs for 5-days and is taught by an Examiner. An Examiner is a professional who is in charge of your training, evaluation and certification as a new Instructor. ITCs are held with a maximum of 8 candidates.

Your Examiner will expand and transform your theoretical knowledge and practice level and turn these skills sets into a mastery of abilities so that you can teach while transferring your love and passion of the sport to others. Your Examiner will also train you interactively on all aspects of safety, practical environment, analysis, technique and teaching psychology. Live situation modules are held to prepare you for real teaching sessions.

If you successfully pass the training, you will be certified as an IKO Instructor level 1, and you will be able to run lessons fully and independently with two students and one kite at the same time.

In case not all the ITC modules have been completed, you may receive shadowing hours at the end of the ITC. This means that you will need to teach under the supervision of an Instructor level 2 or higher for a designated amount of time in order to complete your training and be validated as an Instructor. Shadowing is the best way to complete your training while earning teaching practice.


If you already have a VDWS, PASA, BKSA, FAV/FEV or FFVL/BPJEPS Instructor Certificate, you can participate in the ITC as well to get your IKO Kiteboard Instructor Certification. This course is called IKO Instructor Equivalency Course (IEC). Please let us know if this is the case and we will send you the information about the prerequisites.

ATC Assistant Training Course
ITC Instructor Training Course
IEC Instructor Equivalency Course
MFA Medic First Aid

IKO Trainings and Certifications

IKO Trainings and Certifications

Schedule 2021

The 2021 courses at Tornado Surf Center will take place on the following dates:

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Schedule 2022

The 2022 courses at Tornado Surf Center will take place on the following dates:

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Please review the prerequisites listed below. In case you don’t meet all the points, just let us know. We can discuss the missing items and see what we can do for you.

The prerequisites for the ITC are:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be able to read, write and speak fluently the language the course is given.
  • Kiteboarding for at least 1 year and be a certified IKO kiteboarder Level 3N for a minimum of 6 months with the ability of jumping and grab, and toe side riding, board recovery in deep water, rider recovery body dragging (evaluated during ITC).
  • Have a valid Medic First Aid and CPR certificate which is not older than 2 years, or have completed it before the ITC with the IKO Examiner running the course.
  • Pass the Assistant exam online with a minimum score of 70%.
  • Have an IKO Assistant Instructor certification.
  • Sign the waiver form.

* The necessary pre-ITC courses like Assistant Training Course (ATC) or Medic First Aid Training (MFA) can be organised through us as well.



Frequently asked questions

What happens if the course is canceled by the organizer?
What happens if the course is cancelled by the organizer?This can happen if there are not enough candidates. The cancelation will be at least 1 month before the start date of the course. The deposit of the training fee will be paid back to you.

What happens if the candidate cancels the course?
If the candidate cancels less than 1 month before the ITC starts, the organizer does not reimburse his/her deposit. If s/he cancels more than 1 month before the ITC starts, the organizer will refund his/her deposit (minus any administrative charges).

What happens if there is no wind?
Candidate Instructors are aware that they might not be certified at the end of the course, if there were too many days without wind.
In the event of no wind, the course may be extended for 1 day, upon agreement between the trainer, the organizer and the candidates. If the training cannot be extended, the candidates will work on teaching simulation and advanced lesson plan building analysis and will then complete their practical training (shadowing) and practical riding level assessment by an IKO Instructor Level 2 or higher.

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Tornado Surf also offers you to do Shadowing after any ITC. Please contact us to discuss the detailed Shadowing items needed. For the Shadowing be aware that this is done with a Level 2 Instructor and the Fees have to be paid by the person who need to do the Shadowing.

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