IKO – International Kiteboarding Organisation

IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) is the world’s leading kiteboarding organisation, setting the global benchmarks for kiteboarding education and safe practice.  IKO affiliation can only be achieved by centres with a proven record of teaching excellence and the best possible standards of safety.

In 2015, CWA was proud to be named the only IKO affiliated kiteboarding centre in the Philippines.  As such, CWA is the only place in the country currently able to offer IKO Pro-Courses, including IKO Instructor Training Courses (ITC) and kiteboarding Coach Courses (KCC).  See below for our current selection of IKO accredited courses and upcoming training calendar.

Kiteboarding Lessons

Learn to Kiteboard with Cuyo Watersports Association

We love sharing our passion for kiteboarding and take pride in our students and their development.  With a large uncrowded and unpolluted, flat, shallow water area and steady onshore and cross-onshore winds, Cuyo is indisputably one of the best spots in Asia to learn kiteboarding.

All our courses put an emphasis on kite control, proper technique, and safe practice. We take our time and progression will be at a pace tailored to each student, suitable to their experience and natural ability.  Our goal is to produce kiteboarders who are skilled, safe, and love the sport like we do!

How long does it take to learn to kiteboard?

It typically takes around 16 hours for an absolute beginner to progress to riding independently.  All students learn differently though; some get there faster, and some take a little longer. How long it takes will depend on the conditions at the time, your natural ability, and any prior experience (either kiteboarding or another sport with transferable skills like snowboarding, surfing, or wakeboarding).

As a rough guide, students can expect the following at each stage of progression:

1 - 3 hours: Learn the basics of wind and weather, how to assess your conditions and set up and use your equipment. Flying a specialised, short line, small kite on the beach, students will begin to master the essentials of kite control.

4 - 9 hours: Progressing to a full size kite, students will continue to improve their kite control both on land and in water.  They will perfect all their self-rescue skills, and take their first steps towards board riding

10 - 16 hours: Students will refine their kite control and riding skills, aiming to master upwind riding, coming to a controlled stop, and changing direction. They should gain the confidence, knowledge, and ability necessary to begin practising independently.

17 hours to forever: Continue refining your skills and technique.  Start landing jumps, or perfecting your unhooked triple whim-wham backslap... Kiteboarders never finish learning to kiteboard!

How many hours will I do each day?

Again, this depends on the conditions at the time, as well as your own stamina and eagerness! Whilst it's possible to learn to kiteboard in as little as a couple of days, most people choose to do only two or three hours each day and will take one or two rest days along the way.  In this case, a full 16 hour beginner course usually takes around a week to ten days to complete. As always, our instructors will tailor the course to suit your requirements.

How much does it cost?

All lessons are PHP 1500 per hour (approximately USD $30, depending on current exchange rates).  Students may take as many or as few hours of tuition as needed.

Does the price include equipment?

Yes, it includes all your kiteboarding gear, as well as helmets, buoyancy aids, booties, and sun protective clothing if required.

Are your instructors qualified?

Yes! All our instructors are experienced and IKO qualified. IKO set the global benchmark for safe practice and teaching excellence in kiteboarding and CWA is proud to be the only fully IKO affiliated centre in the Philippines.

Will I get a qualification after I finish?

Yes, all students get an IKO qualification upon finishing their course. The level awarded will reflect the skills you have mastered during the course.

I can already kiteboard independently - What's next?

Once you've mastered kiteboarding independently, you may wish to progress to the next level by taking an advanced lesson.  CWA uses two-way bluetooth headsets which allow you to ride with your instructor and receive one on one real-time feedback and adjustments to your technique - In our experience, this is the best way for experienced riders to progress rapidly.

Do I need to book in advance?

No, but it helps us to plan ahead if we know you're coming.  If you wish to take lessons with CWA, please drop us a line at info@cuyowatersports.com, detailing your expected arrival and departure dates, any prior experience, and anything else you think might be relevant! After you arrive on Cuyo an instructor will assess your needs schedule your lessons accordingly.

Any more questions?

Please get in touch! info@cuyowatersports.com

Once you’ve mastered kiteboarding independently, you may wish to progress to the next level by taking an advanced lesson.  

Whether you want to improve your technique, start landing jumps, or perfect your unhooked triple whim-wham backslap, our instructors will tailor a course to suit.

Intermediate & Advanced Progression

At CWA we use two-way bluetooth headsets which allow you to ride with your instructor and receive one on one real-time feedback and adjustments – In our experience, this is the best way for experienced riders to progress rapidly.

How much do lessons cost?

All lessons are PHP 1500 per hour (approximately USD $30, depending on current exchange rates).  Students may take as many or as few hours of tuition as needed.

Does the price include equipment?

Yes, it includes all your kiteboarding gear, as well as helmets, buoyancy aids, booties, and sun protective clothing if required.

Are your instructors qualified?

Yes! All our instructors are experienced and IKO qualified. IKO set the global benchmark for safe practice and teaching excellence in kiteboarding and CWA is proud to be the only fully IKO affiliated centre in the Philippines.

Will I get a qualification after I finish?

Yes, all students get an IKO qualification upon finishing their course. The level awarded will reflect the skills you have mastered during the course.

I'm already a fantastic kiteboarder!  What’s next?

Do you dream of earning money doing something you love? Take your first step towards a career in kiteboarding by joining one of our IKO instructor courses! Earn an internationally recognised qualification and apply for positions all over the world!

Do I need to book in advance?

No, but it helps us to plan ahead if we know you’re coming.  If you wish to take lessons with CWA, please drop us a line at info@cuyowatersports.com, detailing your expected arrival and departure dates, any prior experience, and anything else you think might be relevant! After you arrive on Cuyo an instructor will assess your needs schedule your lessons accordingly.

IKO Pro-Courses

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IKO AITC+ | About

  • Dates: 12 January - 16 January 2018 or 30 January - 03 February 2018
  • Language: English
  • Days: 5
  • Hours: 40
  • Students: Max. 8
  • Location: Capusan Beach, Cuyo Island, Palawan, Philippines
  • Trainer: Vincent Herbillon (IKO Examiner / Coach Trainer)
  • Price: $500 USD

Step one toward a pro career in kiteboarding

Would you like to take your kiteboarding skills and turn them into teaching competencies? In this course, IKO Examiner Vincent will show you how to assist as a kiteboarding Assistant Instructor under the supervision of an Instructor Level 2 (or higher). Your training will be divided into 3 parts: evaluation and improvement of your knowledge and riding skills, theoretical lessons and practical teaching situation. Your Assistant Trainer will help you uncover how an IKO affiliated Kite Center works thereby making you knowledgeable on how to: prepare, use and manage equipment properly; follow the fundamental safety principles; and much more.

Duration and completion of the training 

The course takes 5 days. Your trainer will evaluate your skills and verify if you meet the criteria at the end of your training. If you pass, your trainer will certify you as an IKO Assistant Instructor and you will be able to download your diploma online.

Worldwide qualifications and benefits:

  • Access to IKO Instructor Training Courses
  • Assist and supervise one Kiteboarder Level 2 and above
  • Assist any IKO Instructor/independent riders in launching/landing procedures
  • Assist IKO Instructors Level 2 and above in safety, circulation, organization and equipment setting
  • Work at IKO affiliated Kite centers
  • Manage the safety and organization of the spot
  • Manage the organization of equipment and its necessary maintenance
  • Manage rental for independent riders (equipment selection and set up/S.E.A. assessment)
  • Post personal profile information viewable on the general public website

Prerequisites 

  • Be at least 16 years old (candidates under 18 years old must obtain parental consent).
  • Able to read and write
  • Be certified as an IKO Member Level 3N or have an equivalent riding level. To access the ITC, you have to demonstrate the requested skills during the AITC-Plus. Level 3N includes the following skills:
    Controlled Stop
    Control of Riding Speed by Edging
    Riding Upwind
    Sliding Transitions
    Toe-Side Riding
    Toe-Side Turn
    Self-Launching
    Self-Rescue and Pack Down in Deep Water
    Basic Jump
    Jump with Grab
    Rider Recovery

To make sure your riding skills can be evaluated during the AITC-Plus, you can bring a video of you demonstrating the requested skills. This in case there is not enough wind during the course to perform the riding test.

What's Next?

Do you want to work without supervision of an Instructor Level 2? Become an Instructor Level 1!...

Booking:

A 50% deposit is required to confirm a place on the course, with the remainder payable a month before the course starts.  To book, email info@cuyowatersports.com

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of only 8 candidates per course so book early to avoid disappointment!

Any courses cancelled due to lack of participants will be refunded in full.

As the only IKO affiliated kiteboarding centre in the Philippines, CWA is the only place in the country currently able to offer IKO Instructor Training Courses (ITC)

IKO ITC | About

  • Dates: 18 January - 22 January 2018 or 05 February - 09 February 2018
  • Language: English
  • Days: 5
  • Hours: 40
  • Students: Max. 8
  • Location: Capusan Beach, Cuyo Island, Palawan, Philippines
  • Trainer: Vincent Herbillon (IKO Examiner / Coach Trainer)
  • Price: $890 USD

A professional training course using the best teaching method

The Instructor Training Course (ITC) is based on IKO kiteboard teaching methods, which are recognized as the international standard in kiteboard teaching. The ITC runs for 5-days at an IKO affiliated Center and is taught by IKO Examiner Vincent Herbillon. An Examiner is a professional  who is in charge of your training, evaluation and certification as a new Instructor. ITCs are held with a maximum of 8 candidates.

What will  you learn during an ITC?

Your Examiner will expand and transform your theoretical knowledge and practice level and turn these skills sets into a mastery of abilities so that you can teach while transferring your love and passion of the sport to others.Because students safety is our priority, the ITC is hosted at an IKO affiliated Center where your Examiner will train you interactively on all aspects of safety, practical environment, analysis, technique and teaching psychology. Also, live situation modules are held to prepare you for real teaching sessions.

Completion of the Instructor Training Course

If you successfully pass, your will be certified as an IKO Instructor level 1, and you will be able to run lessons fully and independently with two students and one kite at the same time.In case all the ITC modules have not been completed, you may receive internship hours at the end of the ITC. This means that you will need to teach under the supervision of an Instructor level 2 or higher for a designated amount of time in order to complete your training and be validated as an Instructor. Internship is the best way to complete your training while earning teaching practice.

Worldwide qualifications and benefits

  • Teach up to two students with one kite at the same time,
  • Certify students with the IKO Member Card,
  • Access the online job list,
  • Post seeking employment ads to the online job list,
  • Work at IKO Affiliated Centers,
  • Receive customer feedback that results in an international instructor ranking,
  • Post personal profile information viewable on the general public website.

Prerequisites

  • Be at least 18 years old,
  • Have a valid IKO Assistant Instructor Certification,
  • Have a valid First Aid and CPR Certification,
  • Sign the ITC candidate waiver and participation form.

Booking:

A 50% deposit is required to confirm a place on the course, with the remainder payable a month before the course starts.  To book, email info@cuyowatersports.com

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of only 8 candidates per course so book early to avoid disappointment!

Any courses cancelled due to lack of participants will be refunded in full.

IKO KCC | About

  • Dates: 24 January - 28 January 2018
  • Language: English
  • Days: 5
  • Hours: 40
  • Location: Cuyo Island, Palawan, Philippines
  • Trainer: Vincent Herbillon (IKO Examiner / Coach Trainer)
  • Price: $890 USD

IKO Kiteboarding Coach

Be the cream of the instructor crop! One of IKO's newest and most specialised teaching awards, a Coach certification recognises IKO's most skilled and advanced instructors.

What's a Coach?:

A Coach is an IKO Instructor Level 2 with exceptional riding skills, qualified to teach IKO Level 5 kiteboarding and host IKO endorsed Evolution Clinics for advanced kiteboarding instruction.

Kiteboarders often experience a rapid burst of progression early in their kiting life, only to find that this slows or levels off completely once they become independent riders.  A Coach certification recognises Instructors with a specialism in teaching advanced skills, helping kiteboarders to refine their technique, master new tricks, and stay on the path towards continual progression.

Professional Benefits:

  • Only Coaches are eligible to run IKO Evolution Clinics:

Evolution Clinics are five day advanced courses for up to six participants, endorsed by IKO.  IKO endorsed courses are advertised on the IKO website; as the go-to destination for kiteboarding courses and information, affiliated schools and endorsed courses benefit from worldwide online exposure.  The ability to run IKO endorsed Evolution Clinics means Coaches are highly desirable to prospective employers

  • Access to open job listings on the IKO Website & Post Seeking Employment ads viewable to IKO Centers:

One of IKO's newest and most specialised teaching awards, certified IKO Coaches are highly sought after; a Coach certification opens to the door to world's best teaching posts!

  • 30% discount on IKO products

 Specialist Disciplines:

Coaches can be certified in either one, two, or all three kiteboarding disciplines: Freeride, Freestyle and/or Wave Riding. Coaches are able to run Evolution Clinics according to which discipline they are certified in.

Skills:

Freeride Wave Freestyle 
Revert Riding:1 Hop to toe-side Directional or Twin Tip:21 Wave pattern rhythm / rip current: analysisFront Rolls:47 Basic front roll
2 Hop from toe-side to heel-side 22 Pass the shore break48 Front-roll both directions
3 Hop to blind 23 Pass the shore break with directional board49 Aerial direction switch with front-roll
Hooked in railey
4 Ride blind Transitions 24 Getting off the water with shore break
50 Jump without kite input (pop)
5 Aerial direction switch 25 S turns on flat water51 Hooked-in railey
6 Aerial direction switch with grab26 Jibe a directional board52 Hooked-in railey to toe side
7 Aerial direction switch to toe-side27 Jumping on a waveGo Bigger:53 Higher jumps with smooth landings
Back-Roll:8 Basic back-roll28 Bottom turn / off the lip54 Higher jumps with grab and smooth landings
9 Back-roll both directions 29 Riding on waves over 1m (all previous skills)55 High back-roll
10 Aerial direction switch with back roll30 Floater56 High front-roll
Downwinder:11 Long distance downwinder preparation31 Snap backUnhooked:57 Unhooked re-hook
12 Long distance downwinder32 Tack (directional)58 Unhooked jump
Hooked Tricks:13 Jump with various grab33 Riding on waves over 2m (all previous skills)59 Unhooked railey
14 Inverted jump34 Doing a downwinder on waves60 Unhooked back-roll
15 Jump without kite input (pop)Strapless Riding:35 Pass the shore break61 Surface handle pass (flat water without fins)
16 Dark slide36 Getting off the water with shore breakJump with Loops:62 Aerial transition with kite-loop (during landing)
Surface loops:17 Broad reach down-loop ( both side)37 S turns on flat water63 Jump and land with a down-loop
18 Power turn (jibe + down-loop)38 Jibe64 Jump and kite-loop
19 Power turn both way39 Bottom turn / off the lip65 Jump with kite-loop and land with down-loop
20 Kite-loop the kite, broad reach riding40 Riding on waves over 1m (all previous skills)66 Back-roll and kite-loop
41 FloaterAdvanced Grabs:67 Back-roll with a grab
42 Snap back68 Hooked-in railey with grab
43 Tack69 Unhooked jump with grab
44 Riding on waves over 2m (all previous skills)
45 Doing a downwinder on waves
46 Jumping on a wave

Prerequisites:

  • Be a certified Instructor Level 2
  • Be able to successfully demonstrate riding skills in one or more of the categories: Free Style, Free ride, Wave Riding
  • Valid first aid certificate

Booking:

A 50% deposit is required to confirm a place on the course, with the remainder payable a month before the course starts.  To book, email info@cuyowatersports.com

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of only 8 candidates per course so book early to avoid disappointment!

Any courses cancelled due to lack of participants will be refunded in full.

Medic First Aid | About

A valid First Aid and CPR certification is a prerequisite for the IKO Instructor Training Course.  If you don't already hold a valid certificate, this can be done with CWA as a day course prior to the ITC.
  • Dates: 17 January or 04 February 2018
  • Language: English
  • Days: 1
  • Location: Cuyo Watersports Association, Cuyo Island, Palawan, Philippines
  • Trainer: Vincent Herbillon (IKO Examiner / Coach Trainer)
  • Price: $150 USD