actually i have a couple guys who are iko instructors so if someone asks for an iko lesson i just use them. actually very few beginners have any idea what iko is and then most experienced kiters know iko is just a rip off. there is no reason to pay iko club fees. there is no benefit to being an iko affiliated school. in the past you got a discount on insurance but the insurance company must have had a problem with iko as they no longer give any discount for iko affiliation. i emailed all the iko schools to tell them about this. there are only about 45 of them left. anyone know how many there used to be? before all the schools were iko affiliated but now the few iko schools remaining always advertise themselves as 'the only iko school' at their location.
at one point he waited till the wind stopped then said if the trainee instructors could not fly the trainer kite on apparent wind alone they would fail the course.
Sounds like he has been watching too much Star Wars
I wouldnt waste you money on the IKO. Just find some other organisation that will let you use their letters and wont charge you as much. Students wont care as long as they are getting safe instruction.