It’s a good idea to research how to become a snowboard instructor, because there are different options depending on the time you each season and how much you can afford to spend.
Snowboard Instructor Course
An instructor course is the most popular way to become a snowboard instructor. It is the quickest way to achieve level 1 and 2 in one season.
To become a snowboard instructor on a course you’ll live in hotel or chalet accommodation and join lessons designed to train you to instructor standard – think of it like an extended holiday with speciality snowboard lessons. On a typical level 1 and 2 course you can expect to train to become a snowboard instructor over 11 weeks.
Snowboard Instructor Internship
If you fit the visa criteria, an internship is a great way to become a snowboard instructor.
A snowboard instructor internship can be more affordable option than a course as after achieving level 1 you beginning working for the snow school. Following the initial training the intern moves into staff accommodation and is responsible for living costs. Training continues throughout the season and most interns become a level 2 snowboard instructor before the resort closes.
Opting to become a snowboard instructor via a do-it-yourself method will take longer than doing an internship or course, however the upfront costs can be lower. The DIY approach is usually taken by people who live in a resort, as to become a snowboard instructor in this way you will need to practice regularly and try get some work experience and shadowing practice with the sports school. If you choose the DIY route, we recommend taking regular snowboard lessons with a top-level instructor who can point you in the right direction. When factoring resort living costs (food, rent, lift pass), top-level instruction and the time it will take, the DIY approach can be just as expensive as joining a course or internship.