Imagine…you are 15 years old, fresh off your Level 1 course, ready to begin your career as a snowboard instructor. Your first day on the job is filled with lessons (yippee!) – a full day of teaching kids, mostly 3 to 5-year old’s. What do you do?

Riding sideways is my favourite way to ride, however it does come with many challenges. This article will address asymmetry in snowboarding and how instructors can use this knowledge to their teaching advantage. The main points of this article will be how asymmetry effects beginners and advanced riders alike. These points can both help to improve our own snowboarding as well as aid in analysis and improvement skills.

CASI is proud to announce the Interski Team who will represent the association in Finland in March 2023! Interski is a great opportunity for CASI to share snowboarding instruction knowledge and techniques with the other existing associations in the world. Our Interski Team will be presenting workshops and attending other countries' presentations.

Another off-season is wrapping up, and the CASI team has been hard at work since last spring in updating and improving our programs. We’re excited for the coming season. Read below for some key information regarding technical updates and changes!

CASI is very pleased to announce that Luc Belanger has accepted the role of Regional Coordinator (Quebec /Atlantic) for CASI.

In our line of work, learning is just as important as the act of snowboarding. We offer a lot of great information about how to structure a general learning environment. Concepts such as the principles of learning and learning styles are good examples of materials we offer to help instructors successfully interact with their students. 

All the background info we offer can become irrelevant if our students are not open to learning in the first place. Learning types differ from learning styles and can be tricky to identify at times, but with a little observation we can distinguish whether a student is ready to learn or not.

While we’re full on summer mode, we can still think about or practice in our daily activities some teaching skills that will be useful in our next snowboarding lessons. Here’s a great Teaching Tip from CASI National Technical Team Member Dom Oshanek, about how to use plain language when teaching. There might be some time before you teach your next snowboarding lesson - or maybe not if you are currently teaching somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere - but these teaching skills can use some mileage outside of snowboarding.

The National Technical Team encourages you to give this tip some thinking and try putting it in practice while speaking or explaining something to the people around you.

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