Coach Trainers train and certify new IKO Coaches. To be eligible to become a Coach Trainer you must be a certified Coach Level 2, run at least 4 Evolution Clinics with a minimum of 20 participants or have certified 40 Level 5 students. You must also be at least 24 years old and have been validated for all the skills of all the Evolution categories.
Why do I need a smartphone or camera?
IKO Coaches provide both live coaching and video coaching. Live coaching takes place on the spot where you provide feedback to students immediately after they perform tricks. Video coaching is when you record your student doing tricks and then review the footage with your student to give them feedback and tips. A smartphone or camera is therefore necessary to be an IKO Coach.
What equipment do I need to be a Coach Level 2?
You need a smartphone (with a video stabilization app) or a waterproof video camera with 8x to 20x zoom (Go Pros aren’t permitted), a monopod or tripod, a helmet, an impact vest, a kite and a board. You’ll use this equipment during your coach course and to coach students.
How long does the course last and what are the steps to get certified?
To get certified as a Coach Level 2, you must attend the course and pass an evaluation at an IKO Center which takes place over three days, depending on the weather.
How do I get ready for the Coach Level 2 Course?
Review the latest Assistant and Instructor Manuals and study each trick in the discipline you are certified as Coach Level 1 - Freeride, Freestyle, Wave Riding, Hydrofoil and Wing Foil. The tricks are listed in the Appendices of the Coach Level 1 Manual. Revisit your first aid and CPR course material. Study the Coach Level 2 Manual (which you will receive after enrolling in the course). Practice filming riders with your smartphone or your camera so that you can give students feedback. Ride as much as you can to improve your riding skills. A great Coach is a great rider.
As a Coach Level 2, how many many Evolution Course students can I teach at one time? How many participants can join my IKO Adventure?
School Team member at iko center
Number of students in evolution course or participants (independent kitere) on downwinder, boat trip and/or kite trip
Coach L1 alone
Coach L1 + IKO Assistant
Coach L1 + boat
Coach L1 + IKO Assistant + boat
Coach L2 alone
Coach L2 + IKO Assistant
Coach L2 + boat
Coach L2 + IKO Assistant + boat
Coach Trainer alone
Coach Trainer + IKO Assistant
Coach Trainer + boat
Coach Trainer + IKO Assistant + boat
How many students can attend my Evolution Clinic?
Once you become a certified Coach Level 2, up to six students can attend your Evolution Clinic. If you have a certified IKO Assistant working with you, you can have up to eight students.
What’s the difference between an Evolution Course and an Evolution Clinic?
Both Evolution Courses and Clinics train riders in the Evolution disciplines - wing foil, hydrofoil, freestyle, freeride and wave riding.
Evolution Courses usually take place over several hours and are taught by Level 1 Coaches (only one student at a time) or Level 2 Coaches (more than one student at a time).
Evolution Clinics take place over five days at an IKO Center and can only be run by Level 2 Coaches.
What are the benefits of becoming a certified Coach Level 2?
As a Coach Level 2, you’ll be able to run Evolution Clinics, teach Evolution Courses with more than one student at a time and lead IKO Adventures with more participants.
What does the course fee include?
The course includes 3 days of training at an IKO Center (or more depending on the weather), the Coach Level 2 Manual and a Coach Level 2 Certificate after you pass the course.
What happens if I fail my Pro Course?
If you failed the Pro course (ATC or ITC), it means that you did not meet the requirements to pass the course and that you are not ready to follow an internship yet. This decision is final and up to the Assistant Trainer's or Examiner's judgement with confirmation of the Training Department for special cases. Note that none of the fees are refundable.
If you wish to make a new attempt, first of all ensure that the reason of your failure allows you to do another ATC or ITC (if you are not sure, please directly ask to the IKO Office). You will then need to attend another event. To find a Pro course event, you can search on the Training Calendar. Once you find the course that you want to join, contact the IKO Office at email@example.com to book your course. Be aware that the IKO fees are only going to be $90 USD for your second attempt.
Candidates with internship have the option to continue their training alongside an Instructor Level 2 or higher until they reach a satisfactory level. Look for the Internship Guide in the files section of your profile.
How to print my Diploma?
Go to your profile and look for the training section.
Click on the round icon on the right with an arrow pointing down in it and then to allow pop-ups from IKO site to open the diploma, See.
When and where are the next IKO Pro-Training Courses (ATC / ITC/ IEC) organized?
All IKO ATC/ ITCs / IECs are listed on the Training Calendar. Check it regularly for future training dates and locations. The training calendar is updated as soon as new trainings are confirmed.
Who should I contact to enroll in a Pro-training Course (ATC /ITC/ IEC)?
Go to the Training Calendar and book your course online you can also contact the ATC/ITC/IEC Organizer directly to sign up for a course. Contact details can be found on the Training Calendar. Candidates provide all required documents like CPR and Candidate waiver to the Organizer, not the IKO.
What can I do to become a Level 2 Instructor?
IKO Instructors have to log the students they have taught along with teaching hours.
To do so, login to your account ; go to the tab "My Students" and click on “Certification”.
Then click on the ‘+Kiteboarder’ and fill in your student’s details.
You can see how many students and hours you have logged by going to the tab “My Students” and clicking on “Feedback”, it will be displayed in the table at the top.
Once 35 students and at least 280 teaching hours are logged, Instructors can apply for the online Exam to become Level 2 Instructor.Find more information about Level 2 instructor and enroll for the course.
Will I receive a diploma at the end of the training course?
Candidates do not receive a diploma at the end of a training but a completion certificate. The diploma is available from the training section in the profile after the member receives the certification (i.e when internship hours and other requirements are completed).
Why is my account not showing the correct level/qualification?
Certification is an automatic process yet it might take a few days until the IKO receives the results of your training, which are necessary to validate your new qualification. You should receive a confirmation message in "My Message" section located in your account within a few days.In case a course or eCourse is still missing after a week, please send a message using the help topic "You Are a Member".
How do I earn IKO Training Hours and where do they display in my profile?
Training Hours can be earned through:
eCourses (each course is worth up to 12 training hours upon completion)
Training as an (Assistant) Instructor.
You can view your total training hours in your account in the section "My Trainings."If for some reason training hours don’t show in your account within a few days of completing a qualifying activity, please contact us by sending a message using the topic "You are a Member".
How long is the IKO Instructor diploma valid for?
The IKO Instructor diploma is valid for one year. Instructors must renew membership annually to have a valid diploma again.
What MFA or CPR courses are accepted by (the) IKO?
First aid/CPR training teaches essential life saving skills that are considered vital for all IKO Instructors.
Any live teaching, including hands on training with a CPR mannequin and drowning rescue is accepeted. The training should be attested by a diploma.
IKO usually offers MFA training courses before each ITC.
IKO will not accept Online MFA / CPR.
The MFA / CPR is considered valid when it has been completed within a period of 2 years.
Must I take part in competitions before becoming an IKO Instructor?
This is not necessary. IKO Instructors must have mastered all IKO Kiteboarder Levels upto Level 4 kiteboarder so they are able to analyze problems of trainees then find and implement solutions.
I am certified by another organization. What can I do to become IKO Instructor?
You can follow a 3-day equivalency course or join the 5-day ITC course to qualify as an IKO Instructor. Check the prerequisites (level required) by clicking here, and also review the Training Calendar for ITC/IEC training dates and locations.
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