3 reasons to join our instructor training course

3 Reasons to join our instructor Course

3 Reasons to join our instructor Course:

  1. Vivid Snowboarding has a world class team of snowboard trainers. All the team are highly qualified and skilled in coaching up and coming instructors. Everyone has been through the system and has a huge wealth of experience coaching in the industry. Come and learn from coaches who know the mountain, know the resort and know how to get results in exams while having the most fun out on the hill.  Check out your coaching team here TEAM
  2. Verbier, Switzerland is our home resort. Vivid Snowboarding has been established in Verbier since 2011 and offers the finest tuition, coaching and guiding out there. The mountains around Verbier and its surrounding resorts are some of the very best in the world. A snow sure record combined with awesome off-piste terrain and a rad snow park make the mountain a dream to ride on. The town is a  mix of great bars and restaurants with something for everyone. The resort company is constantly making improvements to the infrastructure, new lifts are going in this summer with the further development of the Bruson area in 2022. DEVELOPMENT
  3. Become rad at snowboarding. The focus with our instructor training course is to not only get you qualified with both the BASI Level one and two qualification,  we are also going to get you riding at an awesome level ready to tackle any terrain on the hill. We look at developing a creative, skilful and playful riding technique in all areas with every rider on our course. We want riders to be confident while carving with speed on groomed slopes and also have the ability to ride off-piste choosing the best lines. Verbier has an awesome park where we will master the ability to hit features with style and confidence.

snowboard level one course

Snowboard Level One Course

Snowboard Level One Course.

Here at Vivid snowboarding we will be running a couple of BASI Snowboard level one course's this winter. Why not join us for some training sessions and learn how to not only master the basics but actually be able to teach friends, family and anyone who is keen to learn.

The snowboard level one course consists of a 5 day on snow exam, child protection in sport and leisure module, 35 hours Snowsports school experience and a 2 day first aid course.

Here is a list of Pre-requisites to join the course:

  • Be able to ride a slope with confidence being able to adapt and stay in control and balanced when conditions vary.
  • Be able to cruise down a red run with some style
  • Ride your board switch on mellow terrain
  • Create a carve with your board on an easy slope. Does not have to be perfect but you need to be able to find grip
  • Perform basic freestyle manoeuvres on flattish terrain. These should include the nose and tail press, ollies and nollies and frontside and backside 180's
  • Minimum of 16 years old.

Once you feel confident enough to step up to the exam it is a fun, progressive week of snowboarding. I can remember taking my level one back in the late 90's and gaining a lot in relation to slowing my riding down and actually thinking about how I stand on the board and how I actually steer the board. I felt the week was like an intensive and fun snowboard lesson which transformed my riding and knowledge.

Below is a list of some of the technical skills you will be assessed on:

  • Perform all phases of the central theme which is your basic lesson progression.
  • Show good posture and balance through out your riding.
  • Do this in regular and switch stance
  • Nose and tail press
  • Ollies and Nollies
  • Backside and frontside 180
  • Butter the board and link tricks
  • Cleanly carve the last two thirds of the turn on a green or easy blue

Have a good understanding of the central theme and be able to perform this. Always have good posture and balance through out. This leads into having an understanding and awareness beyond the central theme, particularly around piste performance.

A key skill of any instructor is being able to identify and evaluate major faults and provide effective feedback and inputs into the riding.

As an instructor we have to understand the learning process. We have to have a basic understanding of the TIED model ( Task, Information,  Evaluate and Develop)

You will need a basic understanding of the skill acquisition model which breaks down to awareness, practise and acquired levels. You will need to be aware of different teaching styles and goal setting skills.

When looking at how to deliver a session we focus a lot on safety. This is has to be present throughout a session. Think about group management and where best to stop and talk to a group. Always using the FIS regulation. Safety is everything!!

When delivering a session you have to make sure that everyone is involved. This is sometimes harder with a bigger group but Maximum class activity is essential. Always ask questions so the learner is gaining knowledge. Always be clear and concise with instructions.

Learning to give feedback is also very important. This has to be supportive and positive. Give feedback that relates to the task. Develop how the TIED model works.  Structure sessions so they flow and have a clear story line. A start, middle and end.

The key is to not get too lost with all the new words and terms. The key is to get out and enjoy the process of learning and how it will have such a positive impact on your riding level.

Vivid Snowboarding has a huge amount of experience in the instructor training world. You can check what we offer here VIVID

 

 

 

 


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Snowboard Instructor Courses

Snowboard Instructor Courses

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer a selection of different instructor training courses. These take places in a few different locations across the globe. The venues are as follows:

  • Saas Fee, Switzerland
  • Myoko, Japan
  • Verbier, Switzerland

You can check out all these locations on our snowboard instructor training courses page VIVID

Saas Fee, Switzerland is home to our Autumn course. This runs from late September to November. It is a great way to get qualified and work as an instructor for the up and coming season. Previously on this course students have gone on to work in resorts in Switzerland, Italy and Austria in Europe as well as Japan and China in Asia. Here at Vivid Snowboarding we work hard with our clients to get them into work. We help design a specific industry C.V, these are super important went looking to gain employment.

Myoko, Japan runs from mid January through to March. Myoko has an amazing snow record as it is close to the South China sea. A superb mixture of freeride terrain next to awesome piste and some of the best snow parks in Japan. All these ingredients make Myoko a great place for your instructor training course.

Verbier, Switzerland is where Vivid Snowboarding was created and is based. Our instructor training course prepares people for their BASI level one exam and two exam. The nine week course starts in January and runs through to the middle of March. In Verbier we also offer individual coaching for any level of instructor looking to gain their next level of qualification. We train and work with all levels from one through to level three and level four.

If you would like any more information on any of our courses, please get in touch.

 

 


BASI SNOWBOARD EXAM

The BASI Snowboard Qualification.

The BASI Snowboard Qualification is one of the most respected in the industry. The qualification pathway or system has 4 levels.

The BASI Snowboard Qualification:

Level one:

  • Snowboard level 1 course which is five days on snow
  • Child protection module
  • 35 hours Snowsport school experience
  • First-Aid course

Level two:

  • Snowboard level 2 course which is 10 days on snow
  • 35 hours Snowsport School experience

Level 3:

  • Snowboard level 3 teaching course which is five days
  • Snowboard level 3 technical course which is five days
  • Second discipline level 1 course which is five days
  • Level 3 mountain safety course which is a total of six days on the mountain
  • Second language test
  • BASI Coaching course which is five days.
  • Written project on a chosen subject area.
  • Interview with BASI

At level 3 and level 2 there is also the option to take part in optional technical training that can understand the technical requirements and improve overall skills.

Level 4:

  • Level 4 EMS Training course ( 4 days )
  • 6 logged days touring
  • level 4 EMS Assessment course ( 3 days )
  • BASI coaching course ( 5 days )
  • FIS competition

The training for each level can be done with us here at Vivid Snowboarding BASI

All our coaches have their level 4 qualification and we have a current BASI trainer who delivers the exams. All have a huge knowledge of the product which enables us to teach and coach the ins and outs of what is required at each level. Having worked closely with BASI Snowboarding for the last 16 years around the world we've managed to network and produce great contacts for employment for some of our clients.

Check out our Autumn instructor training camp home in Saas Fee

For more information on BASI Snowboarding please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 

 


Riding the mountains on bad weather days.

Five tips for riding the mountains on bad weather days:

Five tips for riding the mountains on bad weather days:

1.Their are dangers attached with being a fair weather rider. Flat light days can be some of the most rewarding days on the mountain and can be hugely beneficial for your overall technical game. As your main sense of vision is reduced your other senses will play more of a key role. You will ride more through touch and feel. This is great for overall board control and to up your skill level.

2.Correct eyewear is essential on flat light days. Here at Vivid Snowboarding we use Spektrum goggles which produce the very best goggles in the world. Check out their range SPEKTRUM GOGGLES . We would suggest a yellow, orange or pink lens which will help enhance your visibility.

3.Terrain choice is vital. Don't head for the highest peaks in the resort. Stay low and in the forests. The trees will help with definition of the mountain on a flat light day.

4.Local knowledge is everything so it is worth taking an instructor, guide or coach to take you to the best spots on the mountain. If you are looking to specifically work on an area of your own performance. It might be worth a few hours with an instructor slowing you're riding down and learning a new skill. Check out our lesson optionsVivid Snowboard Sessions

5.Always keep one eye on the weather forecast. A day that might start with howling winds and snow might well clear up and be fine for the last few hours of the day. Sometimes the weather can clear during the afternoon leaving empty slopes and amazing snow conditions. Too many people are guilty of staying in the resort when the weather is bad. Get yourself on the mountain and enjoy being out in the elements.


5 reasons to join our instructor training program in Saas Fee

5 reasons to join our instructor training program

5 reasons to join our instructor training program

  1. The unique timing of the course. Our program kicks off at the end of September and runs through until the end of November. This means that anyone successful in completing the BASI level one and two will be qualified and super employable for the coming northern hemisphere winter.
  2. Rob Norton the founder of Vivid Snowboarding has been a BASI Snowboard Examiner for the last 14 years. He has designed the perfect instructor training program and he knows exactly what it takes to get students through their exams. The idea is to become both awesome riders and instructors with a in depth understanding and knowledge of the BASI snowboarding product
  3. Saas Fee is home to the stomping grounds park during the autumn, the very best snowboarders on the planet come and get warmed up for the coming winter. This will give you an idea of just how good the park is in Saas.
  4. The BASI qualification is one of the strongest in the world. It will give anyone a huge boost when looking for employment. Its not just a question of paying your money and getting a qualification. You have to be able to adapt and improve your riding to be match the criteria set in each exam. Check out the BASI Website for a look at the snowboard pathway BASI SNOWBOARDING
  5. Possible job opportunity with Vivid Snowboarding in Verbier, Switzerland for the coming winter.

Check out our instructor training page for more details on our instructor training course BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR


ANON M4

ANON M4 Goggle review.

Check out the Anon M4

These goggles represent the flagship of the Anon eyewear range. Packed full of technical goodies they are the fastest lens to change in the world. The M4 have a strong magnet to keep the lens connected to the frame. Each set comes with two lenses and the spare is kept in its very own lens compression case which helps avoid any damage.

Anon has also designed the MFI facemask which has a magnetic connection to the bottom of the M4 goggle and will keep the face protected in both cold and warm weather a like.

M4 comes in different frame colours and you can choose from four different lenses; Look at their full range

Check out the following;

  • The Sonar Bronze lens – 19% VLT
  • Sonar Blue lens – 46% VLT
  •  Check out the Sonar Infrared lens – 57% VLT
  • Sonar Night lens - 77% VLT

Super stylish and comfortable these are a must for any rider. The size of the goggle frame makes them very adaptive to using with or without a helmet.

Check out the Anon M4 ANON

For any advice on the correct equipment to purchase please get in contact with your Vivid Snowboarding Instructor. All the team are exceptionally experienced in the industry and have a huge wealth of knowledge on riding, teaching and equipment.

 

Come take a snowboard lesson with Vivid Snowboarding, the specialist snowboard school in Verbier. Look at our lesson options Lessons

 

 

 

 


Early Winter in Verbier

Vivid Snowboarding Season Opening

Vivid Snowboarding season opening  camp early December in Verbier. Our long weekend kicks off on 2nd December and runs until 4th December 2017. The aim of the camp is to get your technical game on point and give the riding the once over before the winter kicks off in full. The price of the camp is 400CHF and includes 3 full days of coaching.  https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/

We are not including accommodation in our Vivid Snowboarding season opening camp but can help arrange hostels, chalets and hotels depending on your budget and taste. Here is a list of all accommodation options we offer at Vivid Snowboarding OPTIONS

Verbier has a great early season snow record. Much of the terrain is above 2500m and holds early season snow fall very well. The mountain staff also do an amazing job of preparing the artificial snow that is blown onto the hill. Verbier as a resort has amazing snow making capability allowing the resort to have one of the most snow sure records in the Alps. Every year the mountain invests in new now making guns to help keep this record. You can keep an eye on the early season snow fall via the following link CONDITIONS

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more details , we look forward to hearing from you soon

 

 

 

 

      

 

 


Vivd Snowboarding Season Opening

Vivid Snowboarding Season Opening

Vivid Snowboarding season opening  camp early December in Verbier. Our long weekend kicks off on 2nd December and runs until 4th December 2017. The aim of the camp is to get your technical game on point and give the riding the once over before the winter kicks off in full. The price of the camp is 400CHF and includes 3 full days of coaching.  https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/

We are not including accommodation  in the Vivid Snowboarding season opening camp early December in Verbier. We can help arrange hostels, chalets and hotels depending on your budget and taste. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more details , we look forward to hearing from you soon. You can check out a list of accommodation that comes recommended by us here Options.

The last few winters have seen awesome early season snow. The lifts have been up and running during the weekends in November. We confident for another great start to the winter here in Verbier. The resort always do a fine job in preparing the mountain with artificial snow as well shaping and managing the real stuff. The high altitude nature of the slopes in verbier means its a perfect early season location.

Check out the conditions in Verbier weather check

 

 

 

 

      

 

 


ISTA - International Snow Training Academy Discovery Course

ISTA - International snow training academy discovery course will be happening this winter in Verbier. Come and get qualified and educated in the backcountry with Vivid Snowboarding. Our awesome day discovery course will teach you basic risk prevention when riding off-piste. You will be given all the tools to stay safe in the backcountry, education and knowledge are everything.  

The course is structured and designed around a typical day in the mountains. From meet and greet to the days end. The whole day is a combination of theory and enjoyable practical workshops.

These will take the form of learning the ISTA method, Risk assessment, identification and travel on safe terrain. We learn how to manage a crisis situation/search for avalanche burial victims.

In signing up for the qualification you receive a training kit which consists of the following material:

-          Training course book

-          Protective waterproof casing for when out in the mountains.

-          An avalanche emergency procedure.

-          ISTA Discovery badge and certificate on successful completion of the course.

 

Check out ISTA on our camps page 

https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/  

The International Snow Training Academy Discovery Course

The cost of the International snow training academy discovery course is 240 CHF. Please get in contact for more details. There is an option to stretch the course out over two days. This would mean more riding time for all. The growth of snowboarding globally has meant we are have to look  further for untouched powder fields. We all have to take responsibility for assessing the dangers that come with that. The International Snow training academy course Discovery will give you knowledge and confidence to ride safely all over the mountain.