Who Should Take This Course?
You should take this course if you love to snowboard, and have a desire to introduce new students to snowboarding. You should be confident and comfortable both communicating and demonstrating in front of a group.
Am I Ready?
The Level 1 Instructor standards require you to pass both riding and teaching evaluations. In order to help you achieve success on the course, we suggest you take the following steps in preparation, if they are available to you:
Spend time working as an assistant/apprentice instructor, in order to see a beginner lesson in action.
Book a lesson with a current CASI Level 1 Evaluator to get feedback on your riding ability in relation to the technical standard.
Complete the Level 1 course e-prep workshops.
$396.24 / Retest $125.46
*10% late fee added if registered after the deadline date. Taxes and lift tickets are not included in course fees.
15 years of age on the first day of the course (ID must be presented on Day 1)
Must be fluent in either English or French
Able to demonstrate comfortable and safe riding skills on intermediate terrain
The CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor certification course is open to strong intermediate snowboarders, aged 15 years and older. Candidates on the Level 1 Course will spend time exploring snowboarding technique and teaching methods across a variety of venues, both on-snow (up to and including intermediate terrain) and during indoor presentations.
The CASI Level 1 course is an introductory course, designed to give successful candidates the skills necessary to begin their role as a new instructor in the industry. Beginner teaching methods, understanding of basic snowboard technique, as well as lesson planning and effective communication skills will be addressed.
Candidates will receive coaching on their snowboarding, as well as feedback on their teaching skills, with the goal of reaching the Level 1 standard in both of these areas. They will also receive suggestions and strategies for long-term development. The successful candidate is certified to teach beginner snowboarders up to the Novice Turn level.
The Level 1 certification is a pre-requisite for the CASI Level 2 Instructor certification, as well as the Park Instructor course.
3 days totalling a minimum of 18 hours (including evaluations).
Level 1 Certification Description
The Level 1 ski instructor certification is for any competent parallel skier, aged 15 years or older, and seeking to work as a ski instructor. The Level 1 candidate can expect to be exposed to a variety of terrain, snow conditions and terrain features.
The 3 day level 1 course is an introduction to ski teaching, CSIA technique and methodology, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry. It combines the basics of practical ski teaching methods, technical understanding and development of guest service skills, specifically addressing children’s skiing.
The level 1 certification course includes:
An introduction to CSIA skiing and teaching methodology
Strategies to develop skiers from entry level to intermediate
Techniques and strategies for effective assessment and development
Personal feedback on ski performance
Interactive preparatory online module
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Following your registration, an access code to the online module will be emailed to you. This 20-minute interactive module introduces concepts that will be used through the course: Decision Making for Instructors, The Gliding Experience (beginner progression), Technical Reference, and Responsible Teaching. Candidates are responsible for this information as part of the course curriculum.
Upon successful completion of a Level 1 CSIA course, you become a member of the CSIA and are billed annually for membership dues by the National Office. Membership benefits are available to you provided your membership dues are fully paid.
For any questions related to the Level 1, please contact your regional coordinator.
Bring a non – perishable food item or monetary donation for Feed Nova Scotia and have you name entered to win a Martock Prize Pack.
Entry Level Course
The 3-day Entry Level course (one day indoor and two days on snow) includes training in free ski and gate drills for SL and GS, planning a daily training session, environment setting, and safety considerations when working with children from the Gliding Start to Skier Essentials stages. Candidates will learn the basics of the Snow Stars program. Practice coaching sessions are part of the course for each candidate.
The evaluation part of the course tests the candidate’s ability to demonstrate free skiing skills and Snow Stars drills. Candidates must pass the evaluation to get credit for the course.
Check with your Provincial Sport Organization for evaluation retests if you are not successful the first time.
On successful completion of the course you will achieve an Entry Level TRAINED certification status and become a member of the Alpine Canada Alpin-Canadian Ski Coaches (ACA-CSC).
This certification status will allow you to be hired by a club or ski school to start coaching in an entry level ski racing program.
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