Adaptive Level Two

The Adaptive Level Two gives instructors the tools necessary to teach people with a disability to an intermediate level. You will gain deeper understanding of different disabilities and how they affect people on and off the slopes. You will learn how to adapt your teaching progressions to the different adaptive disciplines.


Length: 6 days

Certification resource: The NZSIA Adaptive Manual is required reading for this course.

Pre-requisites: For Adaptive Level Two you must have a Ski or Snowboard Level Two and Adaptive Level One (or foreign equivalent). Adaptive courses require NZSIA associate or full membership.

Assessment Process

The assessment of candidates is performed on a continuous basis during the course and through a written paper on disability awareness. The final day is an examination with a practical assessment that covers etiquette, attitude, disability awareness and mountain safety awareness. During this time candidates will present a ten minute explanation on the set-up of the skier/equipment and the main points for helpers and disability-specific issues. Candidates will be required to teach a given scenario for approximately 40mins.

If you are planning on taking this course at Turoa or Whakapapa, please click here to watch an important safety video.


Name: Nathan Merchant and Georgina Simon
Course and Resort: Adaptive Level Two at The Remarkables

“The exam was intense and demanding, learning so many new skills related to adaptive skiing and snowboarding in such a short period of time. What we learned during the exam has been invaluable when used in a practical scenario, and the Trainers running the course kept our spirits high and made the whole experience less daunting and great fun. There is a huge amount of information to take on board but this was made much easier by the camaraderie of the group. We all helped each other out when required, made possible by a shared desire to succeed and have the opportunity to teach adaptive snow sports. If you are interested in teaching adaptive snow sports, this course and exam is the best experience that you could possibly hope for. We found it much tougher than our Level Two exams in skiing and snowboarding, but we feel that it has given us a greater love for what we do and a greater confidence in our abilities to adapt our teaching to all scenarios.”