The communication deficiency with IKO is well known. While IKO will reply to emails regarding basic FAQ's, I am not sure that they are able to respond to anything less usual. Even if the IKO gatekeepers have a method of pushing questions/requests/suggestions up the chain, there may be some kind of policy-making paralysis at upper levels.
I think very highly of the IKO program curriculum. It is outstanding. My instructor evaluator in Miami was very good, and I surprisingly learned a lot.
While there are fundamental problems there are also solutions. If IKO does not implement these solutions, they will 1. remain vulnerable; 2. Get publicity like this post. Of course, IKO principals may just not care or be trying to sell their curriculum (which is valuable, but not irreproducible).
I am no expert, however, I have been through enough training to know the score.
USCG Approved Instructor/Examiner for mariners seeking USCG Commercial Captain's License American Sailing Association Instructor US Sailing Instructor Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructor Traditional Tall Ship Crew Trainer Marine Business Consultant Program Coordinator at a non-profit and......IKO Instructor
think the yearly fee is 800usd to be an iko center. there were hundreds of schools paying a few years ago but now there are less than 80. infact they stopped listing them on their website because there are so few left. we were paying 550usd per year because we had 4 schools. we were one of their biggest customers but after some problems we all cancelled. it was as if they did not care. strange as the only thing they did well was sending out bills to collect money. surely they would care about 2200USD.