Gain four qualifications in 11 weeks!
The 11 Week Ultimate Snowboard Instructor Course allows participants to gain their Level 1 & 2 qualifications, with the option to add more on. This package is ideal for those looking to begin a career as a snowboard instructor around the world.
What to Expect
We pride ourselves on being the top instructor course provider in Banff. We have an amazing relationship with the Lake Louise Ski School, who go on to employ a number of our students every year. You can see the pathway clearly in Canada, to be able to go on and live the dream as a ski instructor!
- Includes both CASI Level 1 & 2 exams
- Top Instructors in Canada, many of whom have come through the Basecamp Programme
- Guaranteed employment consultation with Lake Louise Ski School at the end of the course
- Central twin share hotel accommodation (all double beds in the Ptarmigan Inn Hotel)
ON THE MOUNTAIN
The training is based on the common principle of:
- 18.5 hours coaching per week
- 8:1 group training ratio
- Piste performance coaching
- Freeride training
- Park riding
- Teaching theory coaching
- Exam preparation
- CASI Level 1 - included
- CASI Level 2 - included
- Avalanche Awareness - AST Level 1 - optional
- First Aid - optional
- CASI Level 1 Freestyle - optional
Each student is given direct access to the Lake Louise Ski School Employment Director, with an end of season consultation, and the possibility to return the following season to work. With a CASI Level 2 certification you can work around the world, as well as back in Canada as an experienced instructor.
ACCOMMODATION & FOOD
We provide central accommodation (all twin share, in double beds in the Ptarmigan Inn Hotel).
- You can take advantage of all-you-can-eat breakfast 7 days a week and dinner 4 nights a week.
- Double bed in a twin room in the Ptarmigan Inn
- En-suite facilities
- Ski lockers
- Free Wi-Fi
- Widescreen TV in each room
- Fridge, microwave and kettle
- Hot tub and sauna
Single supplement - if you would like a room to yourself, this is available for an additional £2,250 for the 11 weeks.
During your course there are a range of additional extra activities available. Activities available to sign up for in resort include:
- Cat skiing - $525*
- Snowmobiling - $265*
- Trip to watch ice hockey in Calgary - $100*
- Heliskiing - $1,200*
- Weekend trip to Kicking Horse or Revelstoke - $150*
*Prices are CAD and for illustrative purposes only, please note that these are subject to change
Additional qualifications also include First Aid, Avalanche Safety, and Freestyle Level 1. You can pick and choose the ones you want.
Here you'll find a week by week breakdown of your course.
Improve your riding - Level 1 Training and Personal Development
Basic rider improvement, through analysis of your individual performance and ability. Here you?ll be introduced to the basic elements of on-mountain teaching, through analysis of goal setting, different types of learners, and in depth skills concept. Working towards taking your Level 1 exam the week after.
Sliding Turns & continued analysis of the main manoeuvres
Terrain adaptation using independent leg movement, and how to control sliding turns whilst both gathering and maintaining speed. Continue on to include carving turns, switch riding, and basic freestyle manoeuvres.
Advanced Analysis and Practice Teaching
This week will see you focus on switch riding, anticipation vs rotation, angulation vs inclinations, teaching analysis and specific individual improver sessions. Final preparation for your Level 2 exams!
CASI Level 1 Exam and Job Interview
Take the exam and go for a job interview with Lake Louise Snowboard School.
Riding skills and using terrain
A focus on steering to control turn shape, freestyle tactics to challenge stance and balance, and how each skill relates to each manoeuvre. Moving into greater analysis of key snowboarding skills - Tactics for pivot and steering, pressure control, timing and coordination, stance and balance, and how to challenge your own riding skills.
CASI Level 2 Exam
This is it! What the hard work has been leading up to, so knuckle down for one more week of hard riding so that you can make the grade and become a fully qualified instructor!
Freeride/ Chill week
Have the chance to gain Freestyle Level 1 at an additional cost, and generally enjoy less talking and more riding!
Get an insider's view of what it's like living and learning in resort.
The majority of people who do this course are solo travellers. There is a large Basecamp community in resort, and your Resort Manager will make sure you're quickly introduced to everyone.
In recent years everyone who has wanted a job has secured one. We don't like to guarantee employment as it's down to the individual to posses the skill and attitude that employers are looking for. You're guaranteed a job interview, it's up to you to impress them and get the job. You will always be more employable if you can be dual qualified as a Level 1 Ski Instructor alongside your Level 2 Snowboard.
The Level 1 isn't too hard to pass as an entry level qualification. Participants will be assessed on their abilty to perform and teach on the mountain. We get a 100% pass rate year in year out. The Level 2 in a big step up from the Level 1, however the training you receive prior to the exam puts you in an excellent position to pass. The 2016/17 season saw an amazing 85% pass rate at Level 2 in Banff.
We ask that you are a Level 3 or above on our ability scale. Generally having 3-4 weeks on snow prior to the course is enough, and the most important thing is a good attitude to improving and learning new skills!
This course provides the best path into the industry! It's the best course for those looking to qualify as a level 2 instructor and work as an instructor the following season, or for those looking to significantly improve their riding and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.
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