Snowboard Level One

Snowboard Level One Certification is the entry-level instructor’s course aimed at people interested in joining the snowsports industry. The five-day course includes modules covering rider improvement, the teaching model, progressions for levels one and two students, guest service elements, teaching children, class handling and safety. Instructors qualified at this level of certification can teach up to making first turns on beginner terrain, entry level freestyle.

Summary

Length: 5 days

Certification resource: The SBINZ Instructor’s Manual is required reading for this course. The manual is included in the course registration fee.

Pre-requisites: You must be an associate member or full member and have the ability to snowboard on blue terrain. You must be at least 16 years of age at the start of this course.

** Before you take the Snowboard Level One you must complete an online e-learning course and quiz, based on information in the 2017 Snowboard Instructor Manual. You can access the e-learning system through your member profile. Look at the course outline for further information. **

Assessment Process

Candidates’ riding is continually assessed during the five days. Candidates must be able to ride all blue groomed terrain with good form and using an efficient blend of movements. Additionally, candidates must perform a tidy skidded turn demonstration on green terrain, both in their normal riding direction and switch and basic freestyle demonstrations (ollies, 50/50 on a small easy box).

Candidates’ teaching ability is assessed on the final day during a 15-minute lesson. Here the candidate presents a step from the level one or two progression to other members of their group.

To be successful in achieving this qualification you will need to pass all 3 components (riding, teaching, safety and professionalism).

If you are unsuccessful, we do offer partial re-sits. The following re-sit guidelines apply:

  • Riding – if unsuccessful here, you will need to be re-assessed for the first four days of the exam week.
  • Teaching – if unsuccessful here, will need to attend the last day or teaching assessment day, in order to be reassessed.
  • Safety and Professionalism – if you are unsuccessful within this element you will be required to re-sit the whole exam.

Level One Demonstrations

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Testimonials

Name: Grace O’Leary
Course and Resort: Snowboard Level One at Cardrona

“I am a Uni student with a passion for sports and the environment. Taking the Level One course opened my eyes to opportunities within the world of snowboarding which I love so much. The experience has given me not only the opportunity to instruct once I have graduated in 2010, but also insight and ideas toward potential postgraduate research in Physical Education. Furthermore I gained new friends, improved my riding significantly, and discovered a love for teaching others. Big thanks to Marilyn, Andy, and the Alliance for getting me trained up, I look forward to gaining more qualifications through NZSIA.”

Name: Alex Thomas
Course and Resort: Snowboard Level One at Coronet Peak

“This course was very crucial in my development of snowboarding and teaching. It helped me understand how the movements of the body effect the performances of the board, as well as teaching styles, and it generally made me a more confident rider. You can learn this anywhere but I recommend NZ with the SBINZ. The trainers were ace as they really helped me to understand the concepts behind it all. As a result I am a better learner through experimentation and understanding of the mechanics of my body movements.”