5 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN CHOOSING A SKI OR SNOWBOARD TRAINING PROGRAM
1. Don’t do a program that doesn’t guarantee you a job!
The main focus of this guide is to show you the insider secrets, ensuring you the best possible entry into the ski & snowboard industry. For this reason the first mistake you can make is signing up for a program that will not guarantee you a job! Most programs on offer provide great training and certification opportunities however most fall short when it comes to ‘real’ on the job experience or even better – a job as an instructor for the full season.
It IS possible to have minimal experience and come through a program having obtained an instructing qualification (or two!) as well as a job instructing - all in the same season. This is the ultimate set up and you should not settle for anything less if this is your goal.
2. Don’t pay too much!
Compare program options to determine what is on offer and the components you are paying for. As commented on above it is important to lay out the program options you are looking at including all the inclusions and exclusions. It is more important to look at what you want out of a program rather than a price you want to pay, as some will offer on-the-job training and the chance to earn money which will help offset the amount you pay upfront.
3. Be aware of hidden costs
You do not want to get caught short when funding your training program. As there are many costs involved we advise drawing up a budget. Be sure to include all costs - program fees, flights, insurance, equipment and living costs. And include income you will earn if doing an internship program. Your course provider will be able to offer assistance here.
4. Always research the location you are going to
The location you are going to is one of the most important factors to consider! If you want to ski or ride deep powder, hit up great parks, or get your tree skiing fix then you should ensure the destination you choose offers the best chance of this. You should talk to others who have been there, look at photos or videos and consider what other resorts are close to where you are training or working.
5. Ensure you set yourself up to achieve future goals or your next job
The best way to learn, improve and develop your skiing or snowboarding skills is ‘on the job’ experience. It is for this reason that many qualification organisations do not allow people to sit more than one certificate level without practical instructional work experience. Working as an instructor also provides valuable experience for any job you may go on to do. A written reference from an employer at an international Snow Sports School will go a long way to assist here.
- This article is an excerpt from the 'Guide to Planning a Winter Season' , for your own copy and and a FREE Instructor Starter Kit check out our listings on Seasonworkers or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .