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Becoming a BKSA instructor (The Pathway)

General

All kitesurf Instructor Training Courses (ITC’s) are run in conjunction by or at BKSA Recognised Schools with the use of BKSA materials and BKSA recognised staff and are open to all kitesurfers of a suitable standard of riding proficiency / experience.

The aims have been to produce one recognised instructor training route for Kitesurfing in the UK, to standardize the level of this training, to link BKSA training to a world based standard and replace all current licenses with one recognised license only.

The BKSA ITC has been modified to include extra areas of training specific to the UK. The syllabus forms the core of the course package with further areas that include foil training as well as single skin kites, further safety inputs and the legal and administrative requirements that an instructor must be aware of when setting up their own school within the UK.

The instructor training has been structured to be delivered on a modular bases, which means you may build up to your full qualification over a period of time and taking into account prior experience and qualifications.

BKSA Training Career path and qualification levels

Instructor - 3 year appointment

Pre requisites

  • Valid BKSA membership
  • Shadow teaching x 12 hours
  • Riding competency verified by a BKSA instructor
  • RYA Powerboat L2
  • Valid first aid certificate

Instructor Training Course – 5 day course

Course completion Certificate gained
Once action plan met after course full Instructor status granted
Required to teach within a BKSA recognised school
An instructor can teach up to 4 students with two kites on the water once registered
An instructor can teach intermediate levels, equipment tuning , improve technique, riding upwind, transitions and jumping.

Senior Instructor - 3 year appointment

Pre requisites

  • Valid BKSA membership
  • Shadow teaching x 12 hours
  • Riding competency verified by a BKSA instructor
  • RYA Powerboat L2
  • Valid first aid certificate
  • 150 Hours of logged teaching hours as an Instructor in a BKSA recognised school
  • Minimum 6 months as a valid BKSA instructor

Senior Instructor Training – 2 day course

Course completion Certificate gained
Required to teach and run a BKSA recognised school
Can teach up to 4 students with two kites on the water once registered
Can teach advanced coaching

Coach – yearly appointment

Pre requisites

  • Valid BKSA membership
  • Shadow teaching x 12 hours instructor
  • RYA Powerboat L2
  • Valid first aid certificate
  • Be a valid BKSA Instructor
  • Proven high level of competency in chosen Kitesports discipline
  • High level of organisational, first aid, and course delivery abilities

It is not a Pre requisite to have

  • 150 Hours of logged teaching hours as an Instructor in a BKSA recognised school
  • Minimum 6 months as a valid BKSA instructor

Coach – 2 day course

A coach may provide advanced coaching in UK and overseas

National Trainer / School inspector – yearly appointment

Pre requisites

  • Valid BKSA membership
  • Shadow teaching x 12 hours
  • Riding competency verified by a BKSA instructor
  • RYA Powerboat L2
  • Valid first aid certificate
  • 150 Hours of logged teaching hours as an Instructor in a BKSA recognised school
  • Minimum 2 years as a valid BKSA instructor
  • Valid Senior BKSA instructor
  • Multiple location experience

National Trainer / School inspector

This is the minimum requirement to inspect schools on behalf of the BKSA, and to assist on revalidation courses and conversion courses.

Trainer Examiner– yearly appointment

Pre requisites

  • Valid BKSA membership
  • Shadow teaching x 12 hours
  • Riding competency verified by a BKSA instructor
  • RYA Powerboat L2
  • Valid first aid certificate
  • 150 Hours of logged teaching hours as an Instructor in a BKSA recognised school
  • Minimum 3 years as a valid BKSA L1 instructor
  • Valid Senior BKSA instructor or BKSA National Trainer
  • Multiple location experience

Trainer Examiner

This is the minimum requirement to run BKSA Instructor Courses, Senior Instructor courses, revalidation courses and conversion courses.

Examiners selection process will usually involve some or all of the following elements

  • On receipt of notification that BKSA training are running an examiner selection intake. Apply to BKSA training with the correct application form.
  • If selected for interview, attend a selection day process involving a short interview, delivered presentation and written exam.
  • If successfully selected, a candidate will then be given a date for a BKSA ITC to shadow a current examiner.
  • Post shadow course, which is undertaken at the candidates cost. A brief review will take place with the Head of Training, and a further course identified to deliver under supervision. This course will be used as the assessment course prior to the candidates full license being greanted. This course will be remunerated in part.
  • Post the candidates assessed course delivery, either a full examiner license will granted for delivering BKSA Instructor courses, or an appropriate action plan identified to address any areas of concern.

BKSA Conversion course

If you are a licensed instructor with another reputable kiteboarding training scheme you can convert to the BKSA easily via a BKSA conversion course. Conversion courses can be run by any recognised BKSA Trainer Examiner at a recognised BKSA school.

Pre requisites

  • Valid BKSA membership
  • Riding competency verified by a BKSA instructor
  • RYA Powerboat L2
  • Valid first aid certificate

The course is typically one day in duration and involves a teaching assessment, lecture on the BKSA scheme, recognised schools and legal requirements and guidelines. There is also a written exam.

On completion of a BKSA conversion course a candidate will licensed as a BKSA instructor. If a candidate is at a higher level with a different training scheme an application maybe submitted to upgrade their license to a higher level. This will be considered by BKSA training. (Often this is done by following a short action plan.)

BKSA Revalidation course and instructor validity

It is a requirement to revalidate your BKSA license at least every three years in order to remain recognised as a BKSA instructor.

Pre requisites

  • Valid BKSA membership
  • RYA Powerboat L2
  • Valid first aid certificate

Failure to keep ALL certificates valid and up to date will render your qualification invalid immediately.

There is a list of qualified instructors on the BKSA website.

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Jon Metcalfe

Jon Metcalfe
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(Windsurfing & Kite-surfing)
ASA Coaching & Inspectorate
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