MiamiKiteboarding was the first IKO  affiliated center in the USA in 2006, and remained the leader in IKO instructor’s training since.

Christophe Ribot , owner- founder of MKB, is also one of the 23 IKO examiners in the world , with only 3 in the USA.

Miamikiteboarding offers up to 4 Instructors Training Courses ( ITC ) and 4 Assistants Training Courses ( AITC ) per year at our location. Typically each quarter.

To become a Kiteboarding  Instructor. You must first successfully complete the 5-day AITC focused on Theoretical knowledge and riding practice, then attend another 5-day ITC, focused more specially to Teaching technic and psychology.

AITC and ITC Courses are typically scheduled one after the other so candidates can plan a 10-day stay then leave with their certification.

MKB center offers all services and amenities during the Trainings : Classroom, large screen TV, WIFI, lockers, showers, Storage for your kite gear, Food , drinks & coffee.

Should you miss equipment, we will lend you gear for your riding skills test. All equipment is furnished by the school for the teaching practice. 

You will also find any accessories, clothing . apparel  you may miss in the Store of our Kite Center.

Additionally, MKB provide Lodging at our Kite House for those who need; Single or Double rooms and shared kitchen at similar rates than a Hostel ( starts at $30/ night) . Transportation  daily to the kitecenter  can also be organized.

Email Chrisribot@icloud.com for all details, rates and dates of the next Courses 

What is IKO ?

  • IKO ( International Kiteboarding Organization ) is the leading authority worldwide for certifying kiteboarders, training Instructors and defining the Quality labels of affiliated schools.

  • Similar to PADI  in the diving industry . IKO set the Kiteboarding Standards for a Safe and independent development of the sport worldwide.

  • Represented in ver 40 Countries , IKO is recognized as the most credible quality label within the kiteboarding industry.

  •  Miamikiteboarding was the first IKO affiliated school in the USA in 2006 , and became now  the largest IKO training Center, with the owner Christophe Ribot being one of the only 3 Examiner in the Country.

  •  If you want to start a career in Kiteboarding , its starts here at Miamikiteboarding.

  •  Assistant Training courses, and Instructor Course are organized quarterly.

Check the Training Calendar in Miami :



May 2021 :

5-Day ATC ( Assistant Training Course ) : May 12th to 16th 

followed by the 5-day ITC ( Instructor Training Course ) : May 19th to 23rd 


October 2021:

ATC : October 13th to 17th

ITC : October 20th to 24th 


Each Course fees are : 

$560 for the ATC 

$970 for the ITC 


or $1,500 flat fee  if you want to enroll in the 2 courses  ( 11-day training including a 1-day CPR/ First aid ) 


Note: We offer a $50 "Early Bird" discount for each course if you signup 45 days in advance.



We can help with Lodging at our Airbnb Kite house starting at $40/ night 




Our school is located in Crandon park, on Key Biscayne island , 10 min away from Miami downtown.


Please feel free to visit our website to visualize the spot and the local conditions .


Frequently asked questions

What should I choose the IKO certification to become an instructor ?

IKO is the only diploma recognized worldwide in over 40 countries and known with the best proven safety and quality standards. The best way to kite the planet while getting paid! The organization provides a global network easily accessible from an intuitive and simple App. Certification procedures for students are instant and provide access to many ressources for additional knowledge as well for the kiteboarders than the professional instructors. Iko enjoys a solid reputation and credibility worldwide where students are guaranteed to be taught through proper safety steps, strict equipment guidelines, appropriate locations, professional coaching and internationally recognized certification level.

Can i enrolled directly in an Instructor Course ( ITC ) if i kite for years and already taught many students ?

To maintain the teaching standards at its highest level internationally, any candidates must undergo the complete training cursus which requires to first complete the 5-days Assistant Course ( AITC ), then followed by the additional 5-day Instructor Course itself ( ITC). This is how IKO maintains and secures a uniform training level worldwide with same quality standards for all future IKO instructors

What if i just want to learn more but not interested in an professional career ?

That is an excellent approach to boost your personal knowledge about the sport and fine-tune your individual technic. You benefit from all multimedia ressources that the IKO network offers, you can guide, assist, manage or simply promote safe teaching in you area, you are still able to certify friends, and log hours even without working for a remuneration

Do I get an insurance as an instructor ?

IKO offers liability coverage policies in most countries wherever you teach around the globe. Although restrictions apply in some countries where insurances are available through specific companies only.

How long is my IKO diploma valid for ?

For life ! as long as you renew your membership annually and remain active teaching a minimum of hours per year, as well as you keep yourself up to date to the latest safety standards .

What career progression can I get as an IKO instructor ?

There is a whole path open to those who want to reach higher qualifications within the IKO organization program: You start as an instructor level#1 once you complete your ITC training, then as you keep logging more teaching hours, you reach Level#2 and level#3 instructor, which gives you more credentials such as: school manager, access to coach, and assistants trainer level, to eventually reach the top level of Examiner, although the criteria are pretty high and IKO only train Examiners as the market needs.

Can I get the IKO diploma by equivalency if I am already a certified instructor with another organization ?

Yes, IKO has made reciprocal agreements with most of Kiteboarding organizations around the world to easily obtain the IKO equivalency diploma. The candidates only need to register to the ITC 5-days course, and do not need to attend the AITC course. The other diploma must still remain up-to-date though.