Considering the situation in Tarifa where some new rules have been established, we would like to inform you that we are working closely with ANEK, AEKAT as well as with IFKO representatives in order to protect interests and position of IKO Instructors and Centers.
This is not the first time, new rules are affecting Kitesurfing activities in Tarifa. Currently, more than 180 IKO certified Instructors are working in Tarifa representing 80% of all certified instructors in Tarifa. Since 2001, IKO is leading pro training in the European Kitesurf mecca, helping the community to develop the sport safely through a comprehensive, reliable and safe program.
Yet,IKO certifications, as well as certifications from other organizations, are still not considered by local authorities in Tarifa. Nevertheless, in Northern European countries, authorities admit and positively rely on the IKO standards so the affiliated schools and certified instructors can work and teach legitimately.
Please be aware that we follow this case and study carefully the best route so IKO Instructors and Centers can continue working within the international and leading standards provided by IKO in Tarifa.
IKO Standards official recognition by IFKO
IKO Standards are now recognized by the International Federation of Kitesports Organisations (IFKO). An official agreement has been signed on March 15th, 2016. This gives the absolute new benefit and incontestable advantage for all IKO certified members and more specifically for instructors. You can now gain legal recognition in your country if a national organization is associated to the IFKO and once an equivalency program has been defined based on the national standards in place.
Currently, APKite in Portugal and FFVL in France are the two first national organizations affiliated to the IFKO. For countries not affiliated to the IFKO yet, IKO members are encouraged to approach the most appropriate national organization. Affiliating a national organization creates a win-win situation for all actors of Kitesports. The members of the national organization are recognized nationally as well as internationally thanks to the IFKO.
Indeed, the national organization affiliated to the IFKO becomes the national authority for Kitesports working and applying the IKO standards. The national organization receives direct support from both the IKO and the IFKO while serving the local Kite community.
Do you want to be involved to make your certification official? Make your country part of IFKO!