Welcome to your Level 1 Ski/Snowboard Instructor Training
A Level 1 Ski/Snowboard Instructor is the entry level of instructor for the London Track 3 Ski School. As a Level 1 Instructor, you will be paired with a student that can see and has been assessed and deemed to be able to learn to support themselves without aids while skiing or riding.
Visually impaired, and mobility impaired students that required specialized equipment are taught by Level 2 instructors that have received advanced training relating to the student’s disability and the advanced adaptive equipment used to assist the student to learn to ski/ride.
Your Level 1 Instructor training has two major components, off-hill training, and on-hill training.
Off-hill training consists of online self-learning modules and an in-class session.
- The four self-learning modules are designed to allow you to complete this portion of the training at your own pace; however, this portion must be completed before your on-hill session.
- The modules are “Duty of Care”, “Chairlift Safety”, “Health and Safety” and a fourth module based on the Instructor Handbook
- The in-class session will take place in the Track 3 building. As a new instructor candidate, this will be your first opportunity to tour the building and familiarize yourself with the adaptive equipment and training aids used in our program.
- The in-class session will include lectures from invited guests from organizations such as Autism Ontario and/or Down Syndrome Association of Ontario. The lectures will provide insight into some of the challenges facing children and adults living with a cognitive disability and how to best interact with them.
- The last session of the evening will focus on the Instructor Handbook.
Off-Hill Training Dates:
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, or
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Please choose which day you would like to attend and e-mail your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org
On-hill Level 1 training is an all-day session which is broken into two ½ day sessions; progression training and adaptive training.
This session is taught by certified Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) or Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) instructors. During this session, you will be introduced to the methodology developed by the CSIA/CASI to introduce a new skier/boarder to skiing/riding. We focus on the lower end of skier/boarder progression as many disabled skiers/boarders take a long time if ever, to progress to an advanced level.
In addition, your skiing/riding abilities will be assessed to ensure that you have the necessary skills to deliver instruction to a student in a manner that is safe for both the student and the instructor.
In this session, your Track 3 Instructor/Trainer will describe and demonstrate the various methods used to teach a person with a disability to ski or snowboard. You will be given the opportunity to perform these methods through practice and role-playing using the adaptive equipment and training aids used in the program.
Note: You must be 16 years of age or older at the time of your training to be certified as a Level 1 Instructor. Candidates aged 14 – 16 are certified as Junior Assistants. As a Junior Assistant, you are qualified to assist a Level 1 Instructor. Junior Assistants are required to complete Level 1 training each year until certified as a Level 1 Instructor.
If you are a CSIA or CASI certified instructor in good standing you are not required to attend the progression training. If this is the case, please advise if you will attend the AM or PM adaptive session.
On-Hill Training Date:
Saturday, January 4, 2020, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
A second off-hill training date will be held on:
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM; however, this date is to be used as a backup session. Please make every effort to attend the January 4th session.
Please either confirm your attendance at the January 4th session or advise if you need to attend the January 12th session by sending an e-mail to the Director of Training at email@example.com.
For the 2020 season, the Track 3 program will start on Monday, January 6th, 2020. The first week is dedicated to refresher training for all returning instructors as well as additional training for our new Level 1 Instructors. As a new instructor, this first week will be your opportunity to meet your program coordinator, the instructor you will be assisting, and learn about the student you will be working with.