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IKO Courses

Become an Assistant Instructor

What is the assistant instructor’s job about?

You wish to get a job as an Assistant Kiteboarding Instructor? Or you want to start your kiteboarding pro career and need to gain experience to attend an IKO ITC?

In both cases the assistant instructor training is for you! It is a great way to gain experience to prepare for a professional career, or simply discover what an instructor’s job is all about! In a few words, it is the best way to mix your passion and your job, and you can start as early as 16 years old.

Not only does this training provide you with great experience, it also gives you great teaching and organizational skills. You will also learn more about equipment, how to prepare and use it, as well as many other key points.

Being an assistant instructor also means having the opportunity to fully discover how a kiteboarding center works with the support of passionate people.

As an IKO Assistant Instructor, you are qualified to:

  • Manage the equipment organization and maintenance,
  • Manage the kite launching and landing of a group of 2 students,
  • Teach 1 student at a time (up to level 1/D and under the supervision of an IKO instructor level 2),
  • Supervise the safety of 4 kiteboarders from level 3/J and above who rent equipment or need assistance.
  • The assistant instructor program is essential to candidates with no prior teaching background in any water or aerial sport. If you intend on following an ITC (instructor´s course) the assistant instructor program is a prerequisite to becoming IKO instructor level 1.

Training course

The training is organized in 3 steps and is completed in a minimum of 3 days.

The 2 first steps are usually completed in 1 day: – Evaluation of your competencies: kiteboarding knowledge, practice level – Theoretical competencies: level check and update of knowledge.

A visit of the school also takes place during the 1st day in order for you to better understand the way it works (bookings, equipment storage, spot …)

During the 3rd step, you will work with your instructor level 2 in live situation. You act as assistant instructor during at least 10 hours of lesson.

Your benefits: become part of IKO´s international network!

Once certified, you will get your IKO ID that allows you to log in the pro area of the website. As an assistant instructor you benefit from numerous job opportunities thanks to the job offers to which you have access in the pro area of the web site. Moreover, you have priority over other candidates for ITC level 1.


  • Be at least 16 years old (parental consent if under 18),
  • Be certified IKO kiteboarder level 3 for at least 6 months (or have equivalent level of practice),
  • Have a valid first aid and CPR diploma.

Additional info

You will receive a copy of the Assistant Instructor Manual and once you are certified, you will receive (by post) your Assistant Instructor Diploma.


East Africa's Extreme Kite Centre's based both on Zanzibar island, Tanzania and in Mombasa, Kenya

Why Zanzibar

In Tanzania, we have newly established in Paje, on the south-east coast of stunning Zanzibar Island. Virtually untouched crystal clear tropical waters, lagoons, islands and bays. Flat calm protected lagoons and great waves out on and beyond the reef! What more could you want?!

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Contact us

Airborne Kite Centre, Tanzania
Paje - Zanzibar Island

+255 (0) 715 548 464
+255 (0) 776 687 357