CADS Instructor Certification

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) is a national organisation with 12 divisions across Canada. CADS is recognised nationally and internationally for its leadership in adaptive snowsports.

CADS provides opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the joy of participating and competing in skiing and snowboarding. CADS does this by developing and promoting adaptive snowsports through partnerships, training, and instructor certification programs.​

The CADS Instructor Certification Program sets the standard for safe, effective technical instruction, and to provide opportunities for more people with disabilities to safely experience adaptive snow sports to the best of their abilities.

Winter Sports Company work with Adaptive Sports Sun Peaks to ensure all participants on our courses have the opportunity to complete a CADS level 1 instructor certification. Once qualified as CADS level 1, participants are able to volunteer with Adaptive Sports Sun Peaks on days off from training.

CADS Level 1

Canada Adaptive Snowsports Level 1 certifies instructors to teach skiers and snowboarders with disabilities. Over the course you will use the specialist equipment provided by Adaptive Sports Sun Peaks to get hands on experience of both the instructor and student side of teaching. This training provides life skills with benefits far beyond the slopes that are appreciated by employers and universities. Certification allows you to volunteer as a CADS instructor with Adaptive Sports Sun Peaks.

The length of the certification is one evening theory session followed by two days on-snow.

Skills covered in level 1:

  • Personal ski improvement
  • Teaching progression (based on Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance format)
  • Use of teaching aids
  • Use of adaptive equipment (i.e., outriggers, ski bras, harness, sit ski)
  • Basic safety procedures
  • Lesson format and follow-up

For more information about CADS please visit the Canadian Adaptive Snowsports website.

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