Yes, in many countries, you can teach with an IKO certification. However, in some other, you need specific certification.
True, countries with their own federation (there's more and more) will not accept other qualifications than their own especially if they have lower standards (5 days for IKO as opposed to 9-12 months for France ).Baptiste_FR wrote: ↑Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:30 pmYes, in many countries, you can teach with an IKO certification. However, in some other, you need specific certification.
It is the case, at least, in France (BPJEPS needed, which is a 9-12 month formation) and in Spain (Andalusia more specifically) where you'll need a certification from the FAV.
Like choosing between pest and cholera.leeuwen wrote: ↑Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:48 pm
I would take a class of a good teacher with medium kite skills over a bad teacher with excellent kite skills.
Dont think you need to be a excellent kiter to teach beginners. A good eye and manage to individualise the teaching will get most people up and going.
It shouldn't be a choice. An instructor should be a good teacher with excellent kite skills.
A tennis or piano teacher with poor or average skills has no credibility. How do some kite instructors get away with it?
A lot of truth in these words.Daversj wrote: ↑Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:58 pmDoing lessons is fun, until its not.
I met many cool people and made many good friends. Even a couple girls
When you get someone that doest listen its a nightmare. Older men are the worst. They don't listen well, know everything, think they are stronger than the kite, or are overconfident.
Communication skills are super important. You have to learn how much instruction to give and when to give it. To many tips at once and they cant absorb it. After a while you learn exactly what to say and when to say it. Generally everybody learns the same way, just some quicker than others.
I always taught very strong and reflexive kite skills before the board was ever introduced. Some places will force you to rush the board on people. Kiting is a symphony. So learning all the parts before you play the song helps.
You wont make great money teaching for someone else.
It is physically exhausting teaching all day and the sun sucks. Big stupid hat is a must. The sun will give you cancer and wreck your skin.
You will be in great shape but be to tired to kite at the end of the day.
You have to have a lot of patience and enjoy teaching. When you have a student that gets it, and you see that giant smile it’s pretty cool to share with them. And when you see people you taught out there killing it you feel like a proud papa. So it can be very rewarding in that regard.
Be a safety N@zi, don't kill anybody.
I wouldn’t want to do lessons 5 days a week it would kill the love of kiting. My advise would be 3-4 days a week and bartend at night. The lessons will give you a sculpted tan body and the bar will get you money and all the tail you have the energy for.
Wish i was a younger man again.
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