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9 week instructor training program

A full 9 week program, training for the level 1 & 2 BASI qualification

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9 week instructor training program

A full 9 week program, training for the level 1 & 2 BASI qualification

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING CLINICS

Vivid Snowboarding has created the perfect mix of instructor training courses to suit all tastes. All our courses are designed to take your riding and coaching to that next level:

WHY VIVID?

Rob Nortonthe founder of Vivid Snowboarding and head coach has 18 years of industry experience.   Rob is a current BASI Snowboarder examiner and holds the top British, Swiss and French snowboard licenses.    Having examined BASI instructors for the last 12 years he knows what ingredients are needed to make world-class instructors.     Having previously run snowboard schools and going on to set up Vivid Snowboarding in 2011, Rob has sifted through 100’s of CVs in his time.  He knows what is needed to help gain that all-important first instructing job.

Rob Norton, “I have worked globally training and examining up and coming instructors and really feel the Vivid Snowboarding product is 100% snowboarder thought out.   Without wanting to sound too cheesy, it’s a snowboarders snowboard course.   From running a successful snowboard school in Verbier, I know what I’m looking for when employing an instructor.   This course is designed with that in mind.   We aim to make you a great snowboarder, awesome teacher and super employable in the industry.   We are a snowboard school doing snowboard training, we are not a generic gap provider.”

Our summer and Autumn programmes will have you qualified and sending out your snowboard specific CV in time for all the schools hiring for the coming winter. Our new Japanese course gives you that full winter experience.

We like to take an individual and personal approach to finding the right opportunities in the industry for each trainee. All too often we see other providers tick the box of guaranteeing jobs that then don’t materialise.   We have second to none contacts across the globe in the industry, and we take the time to sit down with each individual and tailor our recommendations and hookups to suit each persons’ aspirations and ambitions. We will also provide a digital video portfolio of your riding, not only to court prospective employers but also as a memento of your time with us. Of course, if we come across a very gifted instructor, we like to snap them up to come and work for Vivid Snowboarding!

“SO MUCH FUN I LEARN’T SO MUCH…AND NOW I’M A SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR!”

Dave Sanders, London

9 WEEK INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE

Become a qualified Snowboard Instructor with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. We offer 9-week programs that will take you through your BASI level one and two exams. Our course is designed to take your riding to that next level and transform you into a world class Snowboard Instructor. Head coach and director of Vivid snowboarding Rob Norton is a current BASI snowboard examiner so you will be learning and progressing from the very best.

WHATS INCLUDED

  • 6 weeks intensive snowboard coaching (20 hours a week)
  • BASI level one and two exams
  • First Aid course
  • Creation of online C.V with mini edit
  • Extensive contacts with numerous snowboard schools in the northern and southern hemisphere with a possible job at Vivid Snowboarding
  • Lift Pass
  • Off snow fitness sessions delivered by qualified outdoor PT
  • 70+ hours snowboard school experience
  • Backcountry mountain Safety clinic
  • Board testing with Burton Snowboards in Saas Fee
  • 1 year BASI membership
  • Board tuning clinic
  • Child protection module
  • Training by BASI Snowboard trainer and level 4 BASI instructors
  • Half board accommodation in Saas Fee and Myoko
  • Swiss tourist tax
  • Discount cards for local restaurants and bars

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

LEVEL 1 TRAINING

The first week will focus on getting you geared up and ready for your level one exam in Week 2. You will be introduced to the BASI snowboard philosophy and get to grips with some of the important basics.

The first few days is dedicated to learning through repetition of the basic movements and becoming familiar and comfortable with the BASI terminology. As well as working on your fundamental technical riding you will also have the opportunity to deliver a session on the hill.   As it will be the first time teaching in situ it will be relaxed and fairly informal, but detailed feedback will be given on the structure of your session and how to improve in order to deliver a clear, precise and safe lesson, in order to get through your level one exam.

At the end of each week, there will be a one-on-one debrief with the coach so you know how you are progressing and in what areas you might need to work harder. By the end of week one, you will feel confident and ready for your level one exam.

LEVEL 1 EXAM

This is a five-day on-snow exam delivered by a BASI examiner. The technical element will be marked on your central theme, ie, your basic riding; from a straight run maneuver to a basic turn and a standard turn. You will also have to perform some simple carve-style turns and some basic freestyle moves. During the exam, you will plan and deliver a short lesson to the rest of the group. The beauty of the BASI style of examining is that it’s a constant assessment of your skills over the 5 day period rather than a single appraisal on an individual run or test.

The BASI examiner will be on hand to coach and guide you through your exam week. If you are unsuccessful in achieving a pass on the exam, it is likely that you will just need a bit more coaching and work before retaking the level again within the 9 week period.

With all the examining process for both the level one and two exams, the trainer will always be looking at the whole instructor package. From how you ride, to how you teach and how you interact with others in the group, to what time you arrive to each session. Remember it’s not just about being an awesome rider, it is about being an awesome Snowboard Instructor.

LEVEL 2 TRAINING

After the completion of the level one exam, you will be straight into training for the level two.

At this point, the standard is ramped up and your riding has to become stronger (over the 5 week period) and you will learn to deliver a great variety of lessons. The level one qualification could be looked at as a badge for teaching in a small environment, like a snow dome, whereas the level two qualification is geared towards teaching and instructing all over the mountain.

Daily coaching sessions on the hill will be working on your personal riding skills, as well as developing your teaching. Video feedback sessions will be an almost daily exercise and will help develop your technical riding as well as your ability to analyse other people’s riding, which is a key skill to becoming a quality instructor.

During these weeks everyone will complete the child protection module, the mountain-specific first-aid course, and the required snowboard school shadowing hours.

LEVEL 2 EXAM

This is what you have been training for throughout the course. It will be a 10 day on-snow assessment of your technical riding, your teaching ability and your overall professionalism. Your BASI examiner will need to be able to picture you in a Snowboard school uniform, giving clear, safe and precise instructions to a group of snowboarders, performing technically strong and giving smooth demonstrations to the group.

The ten-day exam will be split into two blocks of five days. The exam will be a constant assessment rather than culminating in one assessment at the end. During the second week, there will be a short written paper, testing your knowledge of the BASI product.

After successfully completing your level 2 exam you will be issued with your level 2 BASI Snowboard Licence and you will be qualified to teach anywhere in the world.


INSTRUCTOR TRAINING CLINICS

4 WEEK SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

2nd March – 27th March 2020 Price 3500CHF
30th March – 24th April 2020 Price 3500CHF

The perfect mid-winter filler where you can come and be coached on your technical performance while shadowing lessons and developing your own ability to teach. You will receive 20 hours of coaching a week which will be all tailored to your own needs and performance. This intensive program will show dramatic and significant changes to your technical riding and overall instructor strength. We have come up with the correct balance of focused training to enhance your skill development.

This course is not offering exams but we are offering the training that could take you through the BASI level one, two and three exams.

WHATS INCLUDED

  • 20 hours intensive coaching per week
  • Endless shadowing hours of numerous different lessons (As much or a little as you want)
  • Video feedback sessions
  • Creation of online C.V and mini edit
  • Off snow fitness sessions delivered by qualified outdoor P.T
  • Backcountry mountain safety clinic
  • Board testing with Burton snowboards and new step on system.
  • Board tuning clinic
  • Vivid merchandise

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