How old do I have to be?
You must be 15 years old by the first day of the course.
What if the weather sucks?
Courses will run regardless of weather conditions. The only time a course will be cancelled would be due to either no snow, or the hill being closed due to extreme weather conditions such as severe snow storms, lightning storms, intense high winds, etc.
How good do I need to be?
You should have solid intermediate riding skills. Be able to link turns easily and smoothly on both your toe and heel sides and be in control of your board at all times. Remember, this is a course that teaches you how to become an instructor therefore only half of your overall mark is for your riding skills.
What kind of rider is CASI looking for?
You should be able to ride in control.
Keep a consistent speed regardless of terrain, pitch and snow conditions.
Complete round finished turns.
Ride with your knees flexed.
Have the ability to slowly demonstrate a big, wide turn.
Have the ability to demonstrate at a very slow speed, basic snowboarding maneuvers such as side slipping & pendulum without losing your balance.
The ability to change the size of your turns from large to medium to smaller.
But, I’ve never taught before.
No worries, that’s what the course is all about. The evaluators are there to teach you how to teach so you’ll be able to go out and give a great first lesson. The teaching portion makes up half your mark. As an instructor, your job is to teach and demonstrate. If you are outgoing, self-confident, and speak audibly and clearly in english, you are likely the type of person who will do well in the teaching portion of the course. It is also important to be on time, pay attention and ask questions when needed. Be involved and have fun!
How do I sign up for a Level 1 Course?
You can register online under the "Courses" link on the CASI website. If you do not have access to the internet, or wish to have further information, you may contact the Level 1 Regional Coordinator directly in your region.
I took the course and failed, now what do I do?
If you’ve failed both the riding and teaching, you’ll have to take the full course over again.
I took the course and only passed part of it, now what do I do?
If you’ve failed either the riding or teaching, you have 2 years from the date of the course to retake the portion failed. If it is riding, you’ll attend Day 1, and if it is teaching, Day 3. Click here for the re-test fee.
I’ve passed my Level 1 and want to take another course?
Check out the other courses available on our website and as a member you can register on-line for a Level 2 Instructor's course or Park Instructor 1 course.
Can I achieve the Level 1 and Level 2 certification in the same season?
Yes - there is no mandatory waiting time between taking the Level 1 and Level 2 course. However, we strongly recommend that you obtain some teaching experience between the two courses, particularly if you have not been snowboarding for many years, and have limited or no teaching experience in other capacities. Please review the Level 1 and Level 2 Standards videos on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/CASIACMS/videos.