Become an IKO kitesurf instructor from absolute beginner in 12 weeks in New Zealand, or less if you already have some experience. Our fast track kitesurf instructor course is the perfect start to any gap year, you can fund the rest of your travels doing something you love.
Or if life is just in a bit of a rut, take the leap and change your career and lifestyle.
If you have been made redundant what better to spend your redundancy payment on than having a great time, learning a new sport and kickstarting a new career!
If you have never kitesurfed before, or are a beginner but just can’t get enough practice time in to really nail it, join us in NZ during the UK winter on a fast track kitesurf instructor internship course. We will take you from any level, and get you ready for the International Kiteboarding Organisation (IKO) kitesurf instructor course. The final week of your course will be the IKO instructor training course (ITC). So you can come to us as a beginner and leave as an IKO instructor.
For complete beginners we offer a 12 week course, and for those who have already started kitesurfing we will look at where you are at, and devise a course to suit you.
Tuition/training/coaching for at least 20 hours a week – usually weekdays with weekends off to explore, relax or do more kitesurfing!!
By trying all this equipment you get to understand and experience first hand where the sport has come from, and where it is heading to. You also get to try some of the specialist areas that you might want to concentrate more on in the future.
We are on a peninsula with a range of different locations and conditions. This means we can get out kite surfing in any wind direction, but also that you get to experience flat water, waves, open ocean, harbours, large bays, small coves. The course includes transfers to the best locations each day for your training.
The course will be headed up by Zoe and Berny Maginn. We have both been kiting since 1999, and teaching since 2002. Berny is an IKO examiner, one of only 20 in the world, and we have ben training instructors for seven years. Usually you only get to see an examiner for 5 days during an IKO instructor training course, but you will receive coaching and training from Berny throughout the duration of your course. So you really being given the very best foundation for being a great instructor.
We have a network of schools where we can place instructors who qualify with us, or provide introductions to. Our fast track students are in great demand as schools who have employed them in the past, have found them to be the best instructors out there. So you would be following in those footsteps!
We aim to bring together and pass on our own experience from 15 years of kitesurfing and training, and give you first hand experience of a wide range of equipment in many different locations and conditions, that might take someone else a whole lifetime to accumulate – a whole lifetime’s worth of kitesurfing experience in one course!
From a complete beginner it takes 12 weeks to reach a level where you are ready to undertake the IKO instructor training course (ITC), and to complete the ITC as your last week.
If you already have some kitesurfing ability, then we may be able to shorten the course, to reflect the time you have already spent practicing.
Outlined below are guideline prices for the 12 week course including all of the above elements, and some examples of shorter courses if you already have some kitesurfing experience.
12 week course – £5,495
8 week course – £3,995
6 week course – £3,365
Stays including Christmas and the first two weeks in January will incur an extra cost of £500.
Supplement for single occupancy accommodation £500.
There is no need to have your own equipment, as we will have a complete range for you to use during your course to suit all wind conditions. But we do offer equipment at trade prices if you buy gear at the beginning of your course, and use it during the course. This typically results in a saving of between £300 and £600 for a complete package depending on what you go for.
Flights to New Zealand and onward travel to our local airport or bus station at Kaitaia. You can get flights from Auckland to Kaitaia from around £50. We will pick up from the Kaitaia airport or bus station.
Alcoholic drinks, eating out, coffee out, and any special requests, we can’t get in our budget.There is a good cafe within ten minutes, and lovely cafes and bars in Mangonui about half an hour away. We go for coffee every day and you are welcome to join us!
A crazy night life. We do have lots of people coming and going, jam nights, pizza nights, bbqs, all sorts, but the nearest night clubs and pumping bars are in Paihia about an hour and a half away. Previous students have made the odd weekend trip away for a bit of overindulgence, returning with a few headaches but some good stories, and new friendships too!
Unlimited wifi. We offer wifi for any study that you need to do, but as we are off grid, we don’t offer unlimited wifi for personal use. There is 3G coverage on site, and you can buy data for phones, tablets and also computers through a mobile modem. Plus there are a number of local cafes, and the library in Kaitaia, who offer free wifi.
Transport during your free time. We are often able to give you lifts to places, and there are busses available for trips into town. Some previous students have chosen to hire or buy cars (which can often be sold for the same money at the end of your stay) to give you greater independence. Though many are happy just to hang out a the beach!