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Taking a Snowboard Instructor Course
Have you ever thought about living the dream, becoming a snowboard instructor and travelling the world? Well Canada is certainly the place to start with endless runs, steeps, tress and untracked powder; you will fall in love and never want to leave. Whistler is the biggest of the Canadian resorts with the highest vertical drop in North America, over 8100 ridable acres and an average snowfall of 33 feet making it one of the best places to ride, work and gain a snowboard certification.
So how do you get started?
The first step is to train and pass your instructor certification. Once certified, you could be spending half the year living and working in The Northern hemisphere and the other half down south such as New Zealand and South America living the endless winter.
An instructor Course will polish and progress your riding technique to the level 1 certification standard with the option of also training for your level 2, level 3 and park instructor certifications. Canada uses the CASI system of teaching (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) and is recognised worldwide with the exception of France. Once your training is complete, candidates will need to take the level 1 exam which is 3 days in length and requires that you pass both a riding and teaching evaluation at the level 1 CASI standard. Once you have successfully passed you will get a CASI Level 1 certificate, pin and instructors card allowing you to work and teach beginner to novice snowboarders.
Pro Ride Snowboard Instructor Courses range from 4 weeks (the min amount of training required to pass the level 1) all the way through to 12+ weeks (level 2, & park instructor) and are suitable for those that are at a minimum low intermediate standard and feel confidant communicating in front of a group. If you would like to teach in a resort most employers will require that you carry a minimum level 1 certification but the level 1 certification is also great for those who just want to improve and progress their overall riding to an advanced level. If you love to snowboard and love introducing new people to the sport then a snowboard instructor course is definitely for you.
Snowboard instructor training will involve lots of fun and a little hard work too. Candidates will learn the fundamentals of snowboarding such as stance & balance, pivoting & steering, edging, pressure control and timing & Coordination. The course will also refine and develop each individuals own riding skills along with teaching the snowboard progression including class management, lesson planning, on hill safety and leadership skills. Much of this is achieved through mileage and exploration of the mountains trees, steeps, powder and snowboard parks. That’s the fun stuff.
Many of Pro Ride’s campers have been successfully employed in resorts all over the world including Mammoth, Breckenridge, Coronet peak, The Remarkables, Arlberg, Banff, Whistler and Australian resorts and many more areas of the world.
If you want to work as an instructor, live the mountain lifestyle and meet awesome people from all over the world then the first step is an instructor training course. There is only one problem you might just fall in love with mountain life and never want to leave.