Snowboard instructor

We all know that snowboarding is cool (both literally and metaphorically), but how about being paid to teach it? Doesn't that just sound like the ultimate job? Whether you are looking for a snowboard instructor to impart you the necessary advice to make you a better snowboarder, or you would prefer to undertake a course to help you qualify as a professional snowboard instructor yourself, we have plenty of advice to help you to make sound decisions which will give you great return for your time and money.

If you are seeking an instructor to teach you more about snowboarding, then start by looking carefully at the charges imposed by the instructors under consideration. How much money you should spend on the services of a snowboard instructor will probably largely depend on your level of experience (it might be worth spending less if you only want to develop basic skills) and the quality of the instructor in question. How about you try to get an idea of that instructor's teaching style and practices through seeking the opinions of their previous students?

It might also be worth meeting the snowboard instructor in person, to assess (as far as possible, anyway) how well you can imagine getting along with them, and finding out exactly at what times they would be available to teach you, to ensure that these don't clash with the times of your other commitments.

If, on the other hand, you want to become a snowboard instructor yourself, well, there are plenty of things that you have to seriously think about. These include how much time and money you are willing to spend on a snowboard instructor training course, where in the world you would like to work as a snowboard instructor, and, ultimately, whether you have the necessary passion to work hard to overcome all of the obstacles to becoming a snowboard instructor. If you only have a passing interest in such a job, it might be worth ditching the idea now.

But if that burning desire is there, well, there are several factors that you have to consider when choosing a snowboard instructor training course. These courses are taught by many different organisations, in countries all over the world. Courses in Britain and France, for instance, are often accredited by BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors), while courses in Canada are often accredited by CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors).

However, you should be warned that not every national qualification will permit you to work as a snowboard instructor in many countries outside of the one you obtained your qualification from. If you want the option of working in 38 countries, covering much of Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, then work towards a qualification accredited by the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA). Despite its name, ISIA approves snowboard as well as ski instructor training courses.

You also need to decide exactly how long a course you should take. Courses can vary from about 4-5 days (usually preparatory courses) to about 9-13 weeks. The shorter courses will often be intensive, while the longer courses may go into greater detail concerning more advanced aspects of being a snowboard instructor. However, longer courses may also be more expensive, so you should always research beforehand any course that you are considering, to ensure that you know what you are getting.

You are likely to need to spend a significant amount of money learning to become a snowboard instructor before you can actually start working and making money as a snowboard instructor. However, the journey to becoming one often remains challenging and fun. The best of luck to you...