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Published On: Sat, Jan 5th, 2019

What to Consider When Choosing a Snowboard Instructor Course

Those who dream of becoming ski and snowboard instructors find themselves confused when it comes to choosing the right instructor course. Each option and location have advantages and disadvantages which is why it is essential to conduct thorough research and consider all the factors involved before choosing a particular course to sign up for.

It is easier when you have a guide on what to avoid so that you can prevent the same common mistakes some people commit in selecting courses for snowboard instructors. Here are five don’ts you need to be careful of.

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Choose a programme with a guaranteed job offering

All instructor courses offer training and certification as a standard. However, not all provide you with the same level of experience, enough to qualify you for a real job after. Before signing up for an instructor course, you need to make sure that you are guaranteed a paying job later. Otherwise, you won’t be able to put your knowledge to good use, and you’ll eventually struggle to start a career as a ski or snowboard instructor. As a general rule, look for a programme that will get you certified as well as offer you a job after. If your goal is to make money, then don’t settle for less.

Pay a reasonable fee

If the budget is one of your considerations, you need to make sure that you are comparing several programs and identify the specific components of the fees you are paying. Since courses have different inclusions, you also need to decide what you want out of it to get the best value for your payment. You may also want to look into the possibility of signing up for a programme which offers paid on-the-job training which will give you the opportunity to pay some of the living expenses incurred while enrolled in the course.

Ask about additional charges

Before selecting a programme, you need to itemise the inclusions such as flight tickets, cost of equipment, and living expenses. There are programmes which don’t include some of these which are why it is essential that you don’t assume right away that the programme fee is an all-in payment. Be prepared for the possibility of paying out of pocket and have some funds available for these contingencies.

Familiarise yourself with the location

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of deciding which programme to take is the location. The location will largely depend on the experience you are after. Some people get swayed by advertising without finding out more about the place, which could end up as a disappointment when it does not meet what they are looking for. When you are looking for unbiased reviews about a particular resort, ask for information from reliable sources. Ask as many questions as possible and do extensive research as well as compare your options before making a final decision.

Set career goals

When you sign-up for a ski or snowboard instructor course, don’t forget to establish a clear career path for yourself. You’ll need extensive experience working as an instructor to raise your expertise level. You’ll have better chances of working in world-renowned resorts and getting paid handsomely when you take time to improve your skills and learn while you are working.

Author: Jayce Redford

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