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Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Postby duncanidaho50 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:32 am

Hi everyone,

I want to become an instructor, and ideally somewhere around Europe and that is not too expensive as I am unemployed right now.

Any suggestions? Thanks

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Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Postby Toby » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:42 am

Majority of school require a license...do you have one?

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Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Postby duncanidaho50 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:46 am

What license are you referring to? When I did my learning course as a student they gave me one. is that what you mean?
Every school I have talk to so far have todl my I just need to be a good rider, which I am

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Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Postby Findus » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:05 am

duncanidaho50 wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:46 am
What license are you referring to? When I did my learning course as a student they gave me one. is that what you mean?
Every school I have talk to so far have todl my I just need to be a good rider, which I am
That is exatly the problem with kite schools. They tell young people everything just to find cheap staff.

To become a kite instructor you need a few more things. There is a big difference between teaching things and beeing good at these things.

1. A valid, official instructor license (e.g IKO / VWDS /...)
2. Passion to instruct
3. The ability to teach
4. A plan for the future: what do you want to do on the long term? Most instructor jobs are just seasonal, underpaied and leave you unemployed in the winter.
If you really plan to become a kite-instructor as your main job, you have to be prepared for some really hard times. Espacially right now with the corona restrictions hitting the tourism industry pretty hard.
5. Language skills to communicate with seasonal customers from Europe (min. fluid English)

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Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Postby Toby » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:14 am

Exactly, INSTRUCTORS license like IKO or VDWS etc.

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Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Postby Havre » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:27 am

3. The ability to teach

Seemingly not that important :D (to be fair I have come across some fantastic instructors over the years, but many of them really don´t know how to teach).

Not sure how easy it would be to become an instructor now. Travel will be down even when things starts to get back to normal - which got to influence kiting. A lot of people will have less money which will influence the amount of lessons taken. And anyone with a license are probably quite desperate to get back on it. As for Europe most of this season on water is probably gone anyway - in terms of travelling somewhere to teach.

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Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor (obtaining the licence)

Postby duncanidaho50 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:33 am

Ok maybe I havent been clear, I need to obtain this licence to be an instructor. I am asking which are my options to become and istructor. aka getting the licence so I can start teaching. Trying to find a school that will give me the instructor course for a reasonable price.

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Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Postby Toby » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:44 am

Go to their websites and see the planned instructor courses.
Just going to a school and they give a course isn’t working...a licensed instructor trainer needs to be there and do the tests etc.

But I assume currently ALL instructor courses are on hold.

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Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Postby HALF » Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:02 pm

Also if you want to teach in Spain you need a license from a Spanish federation, not IKO. I think this is unique to Spain, but other countries may decide to implement similar rules in the future.
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Re: Becoming a Kitesurfing Instructor

Postby Seawolf » Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:08 pm

Some people have a very romantic idea of what it like to be a kitesurf instructor.

Yo will end up hating the sand, the wind and the sun within a few weeks.
After that you start to blame your clients for the lack of wind, the spaghetti situations, the wet suit rash, the common cold and the wounds on your feet that never goes away. That your to tired after teaching all day, that you don't bother kite no more.

If you like kitesurfing keep it as an hobby, not a profession. I have been and know many instructors. Very few last more than a summer...

If you still would like to go through with this. Dont do it a your only profession, also do other things if that's an option.
This season also might not be the best for travelling and teaching in other countries.


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