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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Complete noob, thinking of taking an intensive instructors course

I've never boarded or skied before but I'm interested in taking an instructors course.

I've surfed a bit and picked it up quite easily and I've been told it's quite similar to snowboarding.

The course I'm looking at will qualify me as a ski and snowboard instructor, but it'll cost me 5000.

I've always wanted to go snowboarding/skiing but couldn't really afford to, now I want a change of pace in my life and think this could really shake things up for me.

Few questions, what kind of wage will I be on?
Would you recommend a noob to take an intensive instructors course?
Is this course good value for money?

If I don't take the course I intend to do a ski season anyway, if you advise against becoming an instructor what's would be the best alternative job to take?

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what's would be the best alternative job to take?
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you dont start a race at the finish line... maybe you start off with taking a few lessons instead of assuming you can teach them.
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you have never been snowboarding or skiing before and you want to teach...honestly, would you want to take lessons from you?

other jobs for you to look at:

Lifeguard-swimming not needed
Nascar driver-Amish welcome
Priest-faith optional
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please tell me this is a troll, i would feel better that way. if it isn't a troll you're an idiot. i'm not trying to be mean, just simple truth.
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of course it is hence my male prostitute job position for the OP'er

I think we need a mod who's only job it is to delete trolls, I know I can ignore them but sometimes it's fun watching the train wreck of posts even though the OP'er rarely ever post more than 1-2 posts

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Firstly, no I'm not a troll. Secondly no I'm not an idiot.

Did any of you read and understand my post?
I'm not saying "ooo snowboarding looks fun, I'll teach it without any experience"

I'm considering doing an intensive 9 week course to train to the level of an instructor and become one. I will be out in the snow 5 hours a day 5 days a week if not more if at all possible. It will cost me 5000 which is all the money I currently have, so I'm not thinking about doing this lightly.

I've just finished a 2 year water sports course, although the course was largely theory based we did 4 weeks of practical in the first year, and 3 weeks in the second.

The 4 weeks was enough to become a kayak and canoe instructor and the three weeks was enough for me to become a sailing instructor (sailing is actually harder to pass than Kayaking and canoe)

Also the reply about applying for a lifeguard without being able to swim was a good one
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OK, I took a sailing course, and there's no comparison with snowboarding. No comment on the other items. Do you think you could become a basketball star with a 9-week intensive course? Sorry for sarcasm, but the point is that snowboarding is one of those sports that involves learning a lot of techniques and developing a lot of muscle memory, plus there's a lot to snowboarding that involves experience gained from riding in different conditions and on different terrain. While there's no question that getting more days in in a short time will make you better faster, there is a very large question about whether or not you'll learn enough to be considered an experienced snowboarder, let alone a competent instructor.

Having said that, I'd love to take a course like that, but I've been snowboarding for 5 years so I have some context.

And then there's the real problem -- you REALLY DON'T KNOW if you'll be any good at it, or even like it. Being athletic is no guarantee. Everyone knows someone who is a long-time black-diamond-level skier who tried snowboarding and couldn't pick it up.

But hey, you might succeed. It's not impossible, it's not even really long odds. But it's like a teenager not bothering to learn academics because he's going to be a rock star so he won't need all that shit. Great if it works out, but huge downside if you turn out to be wrong.


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Firstly, no I'm not a troll. Secondly no I'm not an idiot.

Did any of you read and understand my post?
I'm not saying "ooo snowboarding looks fun, I'll teach it without any experience"

I'm considering doing an intensive 9 week course to train to the level of an instructor and become one. I will be out in the snow 5 hours a day 5 days a week if not more if at all possible. It will cost me 5000 which is all the money I currently have, so I'm not thinking about doing this lightly....
9 weeks, 5 days a week! 45 days total riding experience.

If you read my signature, I have more days than that this last season,.. and YES! The majority of those days were at least 4-5 hours, half were 8-10 hours a day! I've been riding for 2.5 seasons for at least 85-90 days total! I'm a freakin' "Low Intermediate Rider!" ( Newly conferred title I might add!!!! GD!!! )

I would be a disaster trying to teach snowboarding! If that's ALL the money you have in the world? Think twice,.. and then think ten more times!

Search the forum for threads on instructor jobs/resort jobs, etc.. You Aint gonna get rich working for the resort!


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You're sure that there isn't a prerequisite for this course to already be a decent rider and the intensiv training would have the aim to make an instructor out of this already good rider? i.e. to learn teaching techniques and polish your own technique in riding various terrain and tricks and jumps ant whatever an instructor has to know.
45days ar by far (!) not enough to get from noob to this level.

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5000 for a 9 week course...???

Guessing that means you are UK based, and i have looked at the courses available, mostly done in Canada or NZ, don't forget you have flights on top of this, and equipment and spending money...

Personally, i would suggest you look for a real snow indoor slope like Hemel, or Milton Keynes in the south or similar in the north and at least do a few lessons there...

Maybe you are a quick learner, maybe you aren't i don't know you, but think you are stretching it without any experience at all, and for what, to instruct where...??? If you think you are going to earn a living in Europe doing this, then i think you are sadly misinformed or mistaken, your best opportunity is seasonal work, and France won't employ you so that is one country out before you even start, most of the guys on here, BA etc will tell you how hard it is to get work at a resort in the US let alone as an instructor...

That leaves you with indoor slopes in the UK, and i think you will find they are very well catered to by staff who have years experience, so you would fall short...

Go and learn, look long and hard before you waste your money, have a couple of holidays over the winter and enjoy snowboarding, and then look at it again...!!!

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