Boost your progression and turn your passion into a career
The Assistant Training Course (ATC) is for independent kitesurfers who want to improve their riding or make a career out of kitesurfing. Learn the fundamentals of kitesurfing and turn your skills into primary teaching competencies. The ATC prepares you to work as an Assistant at IKO Centers around the world. You can also take this course to improve your kitesurfing skills and become a stronger and more confident kiter.
Our elite trainers developed this course using time-tested teaching methods. It includes Module 1 eLearning from the comfort of your home and Module 2 In-Person Training at an IKO Center where you’re provided with the latest riding, safety and teaching techniques. You have the option to take only Module 1 to improve your knowledge. To receive your certification you must also complete Module 2.
Start learning online
The first module is online where you’ll learn the essential theoretical kitesurfing concepts to prepare you for in-person training. Enroll in the course to access eLearning materials through your IKO account.
Share a unique experience
The second module is in-person training with an Assistant Trainer who guides you through a progression of skills. The training takes place over 5 days and includes hands-on learning and continual feedback sessions with other passionate kitesurfers.
Enjoy the beach
Adventure awaits you. Get experience at IKO Centers worldwide while working with IKO Instructors and assisting kitesurfers. As an Assistant, you’re now in charge of making the area a safer place.
The course has two modules. The first module is eLearning and completed at home. The second module is in-person training at an IKO Center.
What are the prerequisites?
There aren’t any prerequisites for Module 1 eLearning. Anyone can do the first module. But to attend Module 2 In-Person Training, you must be at least 16 years old and have a riding level equivalent to IKO Kiteboarder Level 4 - Advanced.
How do I begin the course?
You begin the course by enrolling in Module 1 eLearning which you can complete from the comfort of your home.
How do I access the Module 1 eLearning materials?
Submit your payment to access eLearning materials through your IKO account.
How much is Module 1 eLearning?
Module 1 is $160. This includes eLearning materials, the ATC Manual and IKO Kiter Membership (Plus).
How long does it take to complete Module 1 eLearning?
Most people are able to finish Module 1 in 12 hours over several days.
Can I only do Module 1 eLearning?
Yes, if you want you can only do Module 1 to improve your general kitesurfing knowledge. You don’t have to do Module 2 In-Person Training, unless you want to.
What happens if I take Module 1 and fail a quiz at the end of a video?
The quizzes are there simply to help you assess your knowledge. If you fail one of them, it is advised to rewatch the video.
The eLearning content in Module 1 is too complicated for me. What should I do?
Module 1 is there to prepare you for Module 2 In-Person Training. If you need clarification or have questions, write them down. Anything that was not clear to you will be clarified by your Assistant Trainer during in-person training.
What if I fail the assessment at the end of Module 1 eLearning?
The assessment is there simply to improve your knowledge. You can take the assessment several times. If you don't pass the assessment online during Module 1, you can take it again during Module 2 In-Person Training at an IKO Cente.
Can I schedule Module 2 In-Person Training before I finish Module 1?
Yes, you can book in-person training at an IKO Center as soon as you’ve enrolled in the course and submitted your payment for Module 1.
Can I attend Module 2 In-Person Training before I’ve finished Module 1 eLearning?
Yes, but we recommend completing Module 1 so you’re prepared for Module 2. Module 1 is a series of easy-to-follow videos and quizzes that you can complete from the comfort of your home. The videos and quizzes are there to prepare you for Module 2 In-Person training.
How much is Module 2 In-Person Training?
The in-person training fee is determined by the IKO Center. This is paid directly to the IKO Center. You can check pricing on the training calendar.
When must I complete Module 2 In-Person Training?
You must complete in-person training within 12 months of enrolling in Module 1 eLearning.
What if it’s been more than 12 months since I completed Module 1 eLearning?
We recommend you rewatch the Module 1 videos and complete the quizzes before attending Module 2 In-Person Training. The videos and quizzes will prepare you for in-person training.
Will I be a certified IKO Assistant if I only complete Module 1 eLearning?
No, you must complete both Module 1 and Module 2 to be a certified IKO Assistant.
“After finishing my university I decided to take a gap year and travel. I never planed to work as an instructor, I simply wanted to improve my skills for the sport I am so passionate about. I am so glad I completed the course with my Trainer Jon Dodds as I now feel confident to rescue swimmers, kiters and give better kitesurfing tips to my friends.”
"The course covers all the important concepts in an easy to understand way. You learn the basics of aerodynamics, wind direction, speed, tides and currents. It broadens your knowledge about kiting and safety, but it doesn’t go too deep that it becomes incomprehensible."
“I chose IKO because it’s the most respected international kiting organization. I’m taking the course so I can eventually teach on my own and maybe upgrade to Instructor Level 2. Earning money by having fun, that sounds like an amazing plan to me.”
“I took the course because I wanted a degree and a strict system I could follow with standards that are safe. For example, if we launch a kite, we check all the lines and the surroundings so we don’t hurt anyone. Our Examiner always has his eye on us so we learn the importance of safety and the whole system."