Snowsport England also offers snowboard training courses.
Within the framework of this training there is no job guarantee included, due to the limited number of places available in snowsport schools. However Snowsport England is always willing to help you in find a job at one of the many ski schools we have contact with.
The Aim of the Course
Our training course will prepare you, for the road ahead, give you all the knowledge, skills and tools you need to do a great job in the mountains, and be a professional instructor, in theory and in practice.
Content: You The course begins with some personal snowboarding. This allows the trainers (Ausbilders) to assess your personal ability and level, and see where you need to improve in order to be up to instructor demonstration level.
You will also be assigned to a group, and this is when the real work begins! Please do not worry about being assessed on your snowboarding ability at the start of the course, this allows the trainers to see where time needs to be spent with you to reach the appropriate level, earning you the right to become an instructor. You will be assessed in the final days of the course, and you need to be competent to make some good looking linked turns on a blue slope. It’s all about demonstrations, and you need to look good.
Evening theory sessions will be provided every day when you get down from the practical training on the mountain. The theory elements include: understanding movement and dynamics, teaching knowledge, equipment and material, child protection, first aid, professional conduct, nature and the environment, introduction into the trends in winter sports, tourism, mountain awareness.
The practical element, as you would imagine is skiing during the days, where you will be shown how to ski like an instructor, and how to give the relevant demonstrations for teaching purposes. So you can show beginners how to ski.
This demonstration element is called “Schulefahren”. You will learn the methodical structure of, how we teach. These are the tools you will be expected to use in the real world when you are out there on the slopes with the people. The foundation element is naturally teaching beginners. When it comes to the exam, you will be judged on your ability to teach, as well as your ability to follow the recognised methodical approach of the Austrian teaching system.
Knowing what to teach, and being able to share it are two of the key elements of success when it comes to instructing.
In addition you will have an introduction into the correct handling of skis, so you can inform people. As a result you will also get the chance to do some skiing for a short while.
Once you have completed the course and exams with satisfactory scores, in both the Theory and Practical elements, you will receive the Snowboard Instructor Anwärter Diploma. With this under your belt, you can begin life working in the snowy mountains, and all Austrian ski schools will recognise you as a qualified instructor now. Dream job.
Progress of the training
You will be up the mountain on the snow, every day from nine until three (09:00 – 15:00), skiing and learning what and how to teach.
Around four (16:00) there will be a review of your day up the mountain with your group.
Evening theory sessions begin around 16:30 and run until about 19:00.
Occasionally the program can be adjusted to suit the weather conditions.
* Helmet (obligatory)
* Complete snowboard-outfit. Come prepared with your own board, boots, goggles, glasses, gloves, hats, thermals, jackets, trousers, etc. Allowing for different weather conditions.
Normally everyone has figured out what they find most suites them, but if you have any questions in this respect, please do ask us.
Naturally all equipment can be purchased when you arrive, should you need, we are happy to advise.
* Ski-outfit. If you have your own gear, then please bring it. However, it will be possible to rent boots, skis and poles on location.
* Basic knowledge of the German language. As you would expect, the entire training course including seminars and information is provided in German, and you will be assessed on your ability to teach in German. We recommend all non-native speakers, to attend our specially designed German course, which is geared towards being an instructor. So you can pick up the key lingo to enhance your performance.
N.B. For more information about the supplementary language course, check out the link, if you are unsure as us.
* Receipt of Payment provided by Snowsport England.
What is included in the price?
Lift pass, Hotel accommodation, Training on the slopes and in the seminar room, Training manual, Compact Disc, exam taxes, stamps, administration costs, study timetable,
N.B. accommodation is based on half board (multiple occupancy, sharing a room)
In addition, we will put you in contact with a nice ski school in your favorite area in Austria, and help you to get you job sported for the season ahead. Help you get you foot in the door.
What is not included?
Transport to and from Austria, food & drink on the mountain, renting equipment.
The supplementary German Language Course.
How late can you apply to attend the course?
We allow you to sign latest, 14 days before the training commences, however, that is cutting it fine and we do recommend booking as early as you can to avoid disappointment.
Everybody wants to become an instructor, it is very popular.
How to sign up
Simply complete our application form.
You will receive a confirmation from us directly.
Pay your deposit of 300 euros, within 14 days of making your application.
Pay the remaining balance no later than 28 days before the course commences.
It is as easy as it sounds.
You make you own travel arrangements, and look forward to the experience of a lifetime.