Snowboard Courses

COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

The purpose of this document is to guide our course operations during the 2021-22 season in consideration of COVID-19 requirements. Where resort guidelines or those of the local Health Authority and this document differ we will follow whichever guideline supersedes or is more stringent than the others.

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving so may this document. CASI will endeavour to work with individual resorts where required to ensure all parties are comfortable with hosting / running CASI courses at the resort.


A. Vaccination Policy Statement

*Note - the following policy applies to courses running in Canada. For courses outside of Canada please consult with the individual Foreign Course Providers.*

The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in Canadian sport organizations developing Covid-19 safety plans so as to be in compliance with Provincial and Territorial Health Officer regulations and guidance. 

  1. The Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors National Vaccination Policy is as follows:
    1. All CASI-ACMS members participating in an event, camp, program, certification course, or certification exam are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 no later than two weeks prior to the event, camp, program, course or exam.
    2. Proof of vaccination must be presented, and will be checked by the Evaluator at the start of the program.
    3. If you require an exemption for a medical condition or other grounds protected by the Canadian Human Rights Charter, you will be required to provide proof of said exemption to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. PRIOR to registering for your program.
    4. If approved for registration you must then also obtain and present a negative Covid test result to the Evaluator at the start of the program from no more than 72 hours prior to the event, camp, program, course or exam start.
    5. If you are not fully vaccinated or you do not have a vaccination exemption, along with a negative test result you will not be able to participate and will be removed from said event, camp, program, course or exam with no refund.
    6. The Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) has the right to change or modify this Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy at any time.
  2. Confidentiality
    1. CASI-ACMS and its representatives will not disclose to outside parties the information submitted from the member unless such disclosure is required by a health organization or if requested by the insurer.
    2. All records of members, or other relevant material will be kept confidential by CASI-ACMS except where disclosure is required by a process established by public health authorities or where required by law.
    3. The regular CASI-ACMS procedures associated with privacy and confidentiality will always be observed.
  3. Adherence
    1. All CASI-ACMS members participating in an event, camp, program, Course or exam must sign to confirm that they have read, understand and consent to comply with this Covid Vaccination Policy. Those who do not sign on will not be accepted as members, employees or contractors of CASI-ACMS.
    2. Signing-on will be either part of the annual member dues renewal for CASI-ACMS or done through the program registration process.
    3. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including cancellation of member’s CASI-ACMS membership.

B. COVID-19 Course Procedures & Policies

The purpose of this document is to guide our course operations during the 2021-22 season in consideration of COVID-19 requirements. Where resort guidelines or those of the local Health Authority and this document differ we will follow whichever guideline supersedes or is more stringent than the others.

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving so may this document. CASI will endeavour to work with individual resorts where required to ensure all parties are comfortable with hosting / running CASI courses at the resort.

Goals:

  • Ensure the safety and health of Candidates on CASI courses
  • Ensure the safety and health of CASI Evaluators 
  • Ensure the safety and health of resort employees and other resort guest
  • To act as leaders and examples of best practices at resorts 
  • To work closely with resorts to ensure CASI is meeting their requirements and having as little impact as possible on resort operations

Meeting Areas:

  • All courses will meet outdoors.
  • CASI will defer to the resort to identify meeting areas (i.e. away from typical congestion zones)
  • The goal is to avoid a congregation of people.
  • As candidates arrive they will check in and be asked to step aside and maintain distancing
  • Courses with more than one cell will divide groups according to arrivals. As soon as enough candidates have arrived for a group to depart, they will do so.
  • On multi-cell courses there will be no interaction between groups.

Face Coverings and Masks:

  • Evaluators and candidates are required to provide their own face coverings.
  • Candidates on full courses (not exams or Member Sessions) will be provided with a NIBZ neck tube but are still encouraged to bring their own face coverings in order to keep them fresh throughout the day.
  • Evaluators and Candidates will follow all local resort and PHO requirements and guidelines related to the wearing of face coverings.
  • Evaluators will enforce any resort or PHO requirements throughout the course and as it is with our helmet policy, 100% compliance is required.

Physical Distancing:

  • Every effort will be made to maintain physical distancing of minimum 2m wherever it is safe and practical to do so 
  • We must recognize that this will not always be possible and recommend that face coverings be worn any time it is not safe to maintain this distance 
  • Evaluators will adhere to all resort lift loading guidelines and practices. Should a candidate wish to ride in a smaller group, CASI will make every effort to accommodate this and the candidate should make their wishes known to lift personnel also. 

Daily Health Check:

  • Evaluators will fill out an online questionnaire daily BEFORE travelling to the resort each day.
    • Should an evaluator answer YES to any of the questions they will not report to the resort and candidates will be contacted by their Regional Coordinator with further details.
    • If a replacement evaluator is available the RC will dispatch them to the resort.
  • More likely is that the course is now cancelled and the RC will contact the candidates to make further arrangements.
  • Candidates will be asked to self assess daily and to stay home should they exhibit any symptoms.
  • Evaluators will confirm with candidates verbally each morning that they are not experiencing any symptoms.

Breaks:

  • Candidates and Evaluators are encouraged to act as individuals and follow resort guidelines during any off snow break times so as to help avoid unnecessary gatherings.
  • Course cells will not move around as a group where it can be avoided and as is required by resort policies.
  • Evaluators may find it is better to take more frequent, shorter breaks rather than a single longer break as they did historically.

Isolation/Response Plan:

  • If an evaluator begins to develop symptoms during the day:
    • They will immediately notify the group and isolate themselves from the group.
    • The course will be cancelled at this point as we will no longer be able to fulfil the minimum requirements of the course.
    • The RC will contact candidates to make further arrangements.
  • If a candidate begins to develop symptoms during the day:
    • They will immediately notify the group and isolate themselves from the group.
    • They will not be able to return to the course.
    • The evaluator will immediately notify their RC and fill out an incident report at the end of the day.
  • The affected candidate will be encouraged to leave the resort, seek testing, and isolate until results are received.
  • In either situation, the Evaluator will let candidates know to speak with their RC for rescheduling or refund:
    • The goal is to remove any barriers to Candidates or Evaluators doing the right thing.
  • Should either the Evaluator or a Candidate develop symptoms we will encourage testing so that local health authorities can follow up with contact tracing if required.
Refund Policy:
  • While we will continue to enforce our refund policy under normal circumstances, adjustments will be made in COVID-related situations so that there are no financial barriers in place to prevent candidates from doing the right thing and staying away if they are showing any symptoms.
  • CASI’s refund policy is as follows:
    • Refunds and transfers must be requested in writing via email. For late cancellations, the following charges will be applied: within 2 weeks of the start of the course, 15%; within 3 days, 30%; no-show on course, 100% of the course fees. Course transfers will be charged a $25.00 administration fee.
    • At any time CASI has the right to cancel any course, module etc. without prior notice, and will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by the participant. Course fees will be refunded at 100%
  • Should you at any time feel concerned that you should not attend your course due to COVID related symptoms please stay at home and contact your Regional Coordinator. They will discuss course transfer and refund options with you.

 Updated October 12, 2021

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