windmaker wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:24 am
Fair enough, improvement is good, but I think that you are analysing the situation from an instructor point of view. What about the potential student situation who knows nothing about IKO and might think that he is getting lessons from a genuinely qualified instructor ?
Let's consider all options and situations.
We can get taught by friends but as we know they never got any training to teach and most likely will not deliver the content in a structured way, they might also want to go kite and leave you to test on your own.
An instructor without any training will be the same.
So if a person took the time and money to try to get the teaching concepts and understand how to teach, or get some insight before teaching is already better in my opinion. There are several pieces of training besides IKO; you have BKSA, VDWS, FVVL etc...
Why do people turn to iko and also why it's so abused?
Because it's recognized as the leading teaching platform, it was one of the first ones, so it has accumulated a lot of experience over the years, and being present all over the work has a grasp of all the different conditions. There is however still a problem in passing the new technics to the instructors as they still only get one live training and are never renewed. I think this is about to change.
Iko has been evolving, and now it's already way ahead of the other ones as a potential student you can check online the reviews of the school and of the instructor giving you an insight of the dedication of that person. This also goes for recruiting instructors. I always check how long he has been teaching and how many feedbacks he has. If he is a level 1 for 5 years that also gives me feedback especially if he doesn't have a lot of feedbacks, in the other hand if he has a lot of feedback I can see how stoked his students are so I can get an idea of the quality of the instructor.
As in anything you have good and bad instructors, iko now allows you to check them. Same goes for when you go to a hotel, and you verify the reviews. Only iko is doing that.
I'm doing a series of 6 videos with 6 points on how to choose your kite school.
Regarding iko, use the web and check the instructor is one of the things I recommend.