How to Become a Snowboard Instructor

If your heart races at the thought of gliding down snow-covered slopes, then becoming a snowboard instructor could be your ticket to turning your passion into a profession. In order to do this, you will need teaching qualifications. The Winter Sports Company offers a broad range of courses for all different needs, levels and abilities.  

Get your Qualifications.

So, you’ve got your sights set on becoming a snowboard instructor? There are plenty of routes to get there, and you can do it in tons of cool places around the globe. Most instructor organisations have different levels, usually from 1 to 3. If you’re thinking big and want to work internationally, gaining at least Level 2 is key. You can still find work with a Level 1, but your options could be limited.

Choosing the Right Course

Selecting the appropriate course is crucial. The Winter Sports Company offers a diverse array of programs tailored to different skill levels, time constraints, and financial considerations. These courses typically take place in Canada and qualify you with internationally recognised certifications such as CASI levels. 

Snowboard Instructor Internship: Interning is a fantastic route to becoming a snowboard instructor, especially if you meet the visa requirements. It’s often a more budget-friendly option compared to other courses. Once you’ve achieved your Level 1 certification, you’ll jump right into working for the snow school and be given staff accommodation. As an intern, your training keeps rolling all season long, and by the time the resort shuts down, most interns have levelled up to become Level 2 snowboard instructors. 

8 Week Fast Track Level 1 & 2 Snowboard Instructor Course: Join us for an exhilarating 8-week ski instructor course designed to fast-track your journey to obtaining your Level 1 and 2 CASI instructor certifications. Nestled in Panorama, boasting some of Canada’s most challenging terrain, this course is ideal for those seeking efficiency and excellence. During your intensive training, you’ll benefit from over 110 hours of specialised Winter Sports coaching, plus, all CASI modules and exams for both Level 1 and 2 are included, meaning there are no extra costs.

11 Week Snowboard Instructor Course: Our snowboard instructor course at Sun Peaks, Canada, is an unforgettable 11-week winter adventure. This course is packed with value, offering the perfect opportunity to achieve CASI levels 1 & 2 in just one season. Get ready to refine your instructor skills while conquering powder, steeps, moguls, and a 10-acre terrain park in a world-class venue. 

18 Week Level 1, 2 & 3 Snowboard Instructor Course: Experience the ultimate snowboarding adventure with our 18-week snowboard instructor course in Sun Peaks, Canada. Arrive early in December to kick off your journey towards achieving CASI Level 3 certification. This extended course offers a full season of snowboarding progression, covering CASI Level 1 & 2 training and moving onto Level 3 instruction in advanced teaching and riding—all within one season. Plus, you’ll have the option to take the Level 3 exam, providing you with the possibility of all three qualifications in a single season. But it’s not an easy journey and candidates often take 2-3 seasons to get their Level 3.

Bolt-On Courses and Additional Training

In addition to the core instructor courses, the Winter Sports Company offers various bolt-on courses and additional training opportunities to enhance your skills and qualifications further. These include Avalanche Skills Training (AST), Adaptive Sports certification (CADS), and CASI Park Instructor level 1, among others, providing you with a well-rounded skill set to excel in your career. 

Beyond snowboarding, the Winter Sports Company also offers Ski Patrol courses, which can significantly enhance your employability and broaden your skill set. These courses cover essential skills such as advanced protocols, avalanche training, and rescue techniques, making you highly desirable to resort employers worldwide.

Building Your Career

Once you’ve obtained your qualifications, the Winter Sports Company can assist you in finding employment opportunities with various ski schools worldwide. Whether you choose to work privately, with a team, or for a resort, being a snowboard instructor offers both full-time and flexible career options. With each level of qualification you achieve, your employment prospects and earning potential increase, making the initial investment in training well worth it.