Snowboard Level Three

The Snowboard Level Three Certification is aimed at working instructors wanting to progress within the snow sports industry to teaching students in all-mountain and other advanced riding situations. The minimum pre-requisite for the Level Three is SBINZ Level Two or equivalent foreign qualifications and the Children’s Teaching Certification.

The SBINZ Level Three pathway begins with two workshops; a Riding workshop and a Teaching/Analysis Workshop. Both are three days in length.

The Level Three EXAM is split into three assessment modules, Riding module (2 days long), Developmental Teaching module (1 day), and Corrective Teaching / Analysis module (1 day).

Summary

Length: 10 days total (6 days of workshops, 4 days of exams)

Certification resource: The SBINZ Instructor’s Manual is required reading for this course.

Pre-requisites: You must be an associate member or full member and have Snowboard Level Two Certification or foreign equivalent (see FAQs), and the Children’s Teaching Certification (this may be taken after attending the workshops but must be complete before joining any of the Level Three Exams).

** Before attending either of the Snowboard Level Three workshops you must complete the Level Three online e-learning course, based on information in the CURRENT Snowboard Instructors Manual. You can access the e-learning system through your member profile. Look at the course outline for further information. **

Workshops

It is recommended that candidates attend both the Riding Workshop and the Teaching/Analysis Workshop before attempting any of the exam assessments. That being said, it is possible to attend just the Riding Workshop before joining the Ride Exam and the Teach/Analysis Workshop before attending either the Developmental Teaching Exam or the Corrective Teaching / Analysis Exam.

Ride Workshop (3 days)

This three-day workshop focuses on advanced riding, including freeriding, carving and freestyle. Time will be spent to help develop the overall riding level of all candidates, based on their current ability levels. Your Trainer will make every effort to give you a realistic idea of the Level Three riding standards and how close to those standards you are currently. Watch the Level Three Riding Tasks video below to get an idea of these standards ahead of time.

Teach/Analysis Workshop (3 days)

This three-day workshop focuses on advanced teaching and analysis techniques, covering both developmental and corrective teaching. Utilising the groups’ knowledge and experience, the Trainer will explore advanced teaching and analysis methodologies, tactics and situations, and provide a clear expectation for the Level Three Teach/Analysis Exam standards.

Exam Process

The following three exam modules can be taken in any order, schedule permitting. It is recommended to focus on one or two modules at a time.

Corrective Teach / Analysis Exam (1 day)

Candidates’ corrective teaching abilities and analysis skills are assessed across three areas:

  1. Written analysis – Candidates rider analysis skills and depth of technical understanding is assessed with a written exam watching a video of an advanced snowboarder. The video will play for 10 minutes on repeat. Candidate’s proceed to fill out the Level Three Written Analysis Exam, with 30-40 minutes total time available.
  2. Verbal analysis – This assesses candidates’ ability to identify and prioritise an advanced riding inefficiency, and explain this to their student. Each candidate will be shown a rider on a smart phone or tablet, and will then explain the prioritised issue to another candidate (acting as their student). This will be followed by a short technical discussion with the Examiners.
  3. Corrective lesson teach – This part of the assessment follows on from the verbal analysis assessment above, looking at candidates’ ability to construct and deliver a corrective lesson plan for advanced snowboarders (20-30 minutes). The corrective lesson plan MUST address the issue the candidate identified in the verbal analysis. The lesson should include a series of tasks, target specific movements and body parts, be relevant to the situation/skill/task the rider was attempting, and be presented using effective teaching methods (as outlined in the SBINZ Instructor’s Manual).

Developmental Teaching Exam (1 day)

Candidates’ developmental teaching skills are assessed through a peer-to-peer development teach. This assesses candidate’s ability to construct and deliver a developmental session for advanced riders, presented to other members of their group (approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour long).

The chosen topic is up to the candidates and should be prepared in advance, but MUST be relevant to the people in the group and help them improve their own riding (regardless of their current riding level). This requires the ability to adapt to your audience and environment, adjusting your session as you go. Alongside all Level Two teaching methodologies, key areas of assessment here include; creating a positive learning environment, adjusting to your audience, use of different feedback methods, terrain and tactics, and question-based learning.

All of the above assessments must involve advanced riding scenarios and utilise advanced teaching methodologies (marked with a black diamond within the SBINZ Manual).

Riding Exam (2 days)

Candidates’ riding is assessed during a two-day exam, with a series of challenging tasks relevant to the conditions. Candidates will have two attempts at each task, but BOTH attempts will be taken into account for the assessment. Scope laps will be given for terrain and situations that are more challenging – these scope laps are not assessed but brief feedback may be given to ensure that candidates stay on task. The specific tasks used are selected by the Examiners on the day.

The following four areas of riding are assessed, with three different tasks in each area (switch riding will be included in multiple tasks):

  • Freeriding off-piste on advanced/black terrain with variable snow conditions (both forwards and switch off-piste tasks are often used here) – assessing candidates’ control, rhythm, flow, board performance, versatility and creative use of terrain.
  • Carving on-piste with tasks of varying levels of performance (high performance carving is typically included here), both forwards and switch – assessing candidates’ ability to regulate pressure, utilise edge angle and side-cut, make good tactical decisions with terrain and demonstrate a strong high performance stance.
  • Freestyle riding with frontside and backside 360s on natural hits and on small park jumps, as well as boardslides on a box – assessing candidates’ precise use of ATTL and their ability to ride both park and all-mountain features.
  • Versatility riding tasks bringing together freestyle, freeriding and carving (heel-to-heel and/or toe-to-toes are frequently used here) – assessing candidates’ ability to show both up and down unweighted movement patterns in various turn sizes and shapes, whilst also blending other freestyle or carve elements and movements.

Watch the video below for more details on some of the possible riding tasks (not all tasks are shown in this video).

Level Three Riding Tasks

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Level Three Resit Policy

To be successful in achieving this qualification you will need to pass all three exam modules. If you are unsuccessful in any of the modules, you must re-sit the exam portion of that module again. For example:

  • Riding Module – if unsuccessful here, you will need to be re-assessed during a two-day Level Three Riding Exam. All riding tasks will be assessed again. You may choose to do the Riding Workshop again but it is not compulsory.
  • Corrective Teaching/Analysis Module – if unsuccessful here, you will need to be re-assessed during a one-day Level Three Corrective Teaching/Analysis Exam. All three areas of assessment will be repeated. You may choose to do the Teach/Analysis Workshop again but it is not compulsory.
  • Developmental Teaching Module – if unsuccessful here, you will need to be re-assessed during a one-day Level Three Developmental Teaching Exam. You may choose to do the Teach/Analysis Workshop again but it is not compulsory.

Once a candidate has successfully achieved one of the Level Three modules, they will then hold this for life.