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Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors

SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTORS

CASI trains and certifies snowboard instructors, who typically will be working at resorts. Resort-run snow schools offer programs for all ability levels and interests.

CASI-certified instructors will work with clients from beginner to expert levels, and in all-mountain environments from groomed, to off-piste, and freestyle terrain. CASI certifications are also a great foundation for a career in the snow sports industry - instructor training programs, backcountry / mechanized guiding, freeride camps, and much more.

CASI certifications are also a great starting point for snowboard coaches. Instructors may work with Stage 1-2 athletes, who are learning fundamental movements and how to control a snowboard, and who may eventually progress on to competetitive programs.

In order to become a qualified snowboard instructor, the CASI Level 1 Course offered by the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) is the first step. CASI offers four levels of instructor certification, as well as two freestyle / park instructor certification courses.

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SNOWBOARD COACHES

The Canada Snowboard Coaching Program trains and certifies snowboard coaches. Snowboard coaches mainly work in the competitive realm. Snowboard Clubs, Provincial & Territorial Teams and our National Team rely on snowboard coaches to help snowboarders learn new skills, enter competitive programs, compete at the highest level, and reach their athletic potential.

Coaches work with Stage 3-7 athletes on snowboard-specific skills, training for success in competitive snowboard disciplines, and developing the experience and confidence needed to win at progressively higher levels.

To become a licensed coach, you will begin by taking an introductory coaching course. This course is delivered in partnership between the Canada Snowboard Coaching Program and the National Coaching Certification Program(NCCP). The course is then followed by a short checklist of action items to complete.

If developing snowboard athletes in competitive programs sounds like the right fit for you, visit the Canada Snowboard Coaching Program page.


PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CASI AND THE CSCP

Individuals who have completed the Canada Snowboard Coaching Program’s Competition Introduction Advanced (CIA) Course will be able to jump immediately into CASI’s Level 2 instructor certification program. Equally, instructors who have completed CASI Level 2 Instructor certification will now be able to bypass Canada Snowboard’s introductory coaching course and proceed directly to the Competition Introduction Advanced Course when beginning their training as a Coach. Both parties will receive a 20% discount on their registration fees. 

WHAT IS THE CASI LEVEL 2 COURSE?

The CASI Level 2 Instructor certification is for any snowboarder that has an interest in teaching more experienced snowboarders. The goal of the Level 2 course is to develop a skills-based teaching approach for intermediate snowboarding, as well as an understanding of CASI technique and methodology, and the role of snowboard teaching within the industry. It combines practical snowboard teaching methods, technical understanding and development, as well as development of guest interaction and technical analysis skills.

Candidates will receive coaching on their riding and teaching skills, with the goal of reaching the Level 2 standard in both areas. They will also receive suggestions and strategies for long-term development. The successful candidate is certified to teach snowboarders up to the intermediate level (skills and terrain). 

PRE-REQUISITES FOR CSCP COACHES TO SKIP TO THE CASI LEVEL 2:

  • Completion of the NCCP Comp Intro and Comp Intro Advanced modules:
    • Making Ethical Decisions (including online evaluation post module to be complete in the Locker)
    • Planning a Practice
    • Teaching and Learning
    • Sport Nutrition (eLearning modules in the Locker)
    • Design a Basic Sport Program
    • Basic Mental Skills
    • Performance Planning
  • Completion of the CASI Level 2 online prep workshop modules (available following registration in the Level 2 course).

PRE-REQUISITES FOR CASI LEVEL 2 INSTRUCTORS TO SKIP TO THE CIA:

1. Submission of the Comp Intro portfolio

2. Completion of the CASI Park Instructor course:

  • Mandatory for CIA style
  • Highly recommended for CIA speed 

3. CIA Style minimum technical standards: 

  • Small jumps: all four 360's
  • Medium jumps: all four 180's
  • Large and XL jumps: comfortable going off both
  • Rails: Can get side ways, regular, and switch through the S-L features. Comfortable with hitting a large feature.  

For more information on the Comp Intro Advanced please see here! 

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Mission: To promote the sport of snowboarding, snowboard instruction and the profession of snowboard teaching in Canada by training and certifying snowboard instructors to ensure that a national standard of safe and efficient snowboard instruction is maintained.

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