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Leading

The Snowsport Scotland Leadership qualifications are designed to train and assess individuals who wish to be responsible for groups in the mountain environment. This can range from day trips to the Scottish mountain resorts, excursions to European resorts and venturing out with the resort boundary in the UK.

 

There are 3 courses available depending on the type and location of activity to be undertaken. The Alpine Ski Leader (ASL) and Snowboard Leader (SBL) qualifications are designed for those who are working with their own group, and wish to introduce and supervise them whilst skiing or snowboarding on piste in a recognised resort. This can be in the UK or abroad and covers a wide range of uses; Teachers, Scouts, Cadets. The role of the ASL or SBL is ancillary to the main Leadership role of the individual and there should be an ongoing relationship between the leader and organistion. They are not designed or licenced for use as professional instruction qualifications and can not be used off piste.  The Mountain Snowsports Leader (MSL) course trains and assesses those with suitable experience to lead others on skis or splitboards in winter conditions beyond the resort boundary in the UK.

 

Alpine Ski Leader

 

This award is widely recognised throughout the UK as the most appropriate award for skiers taking sole charge of groups, often children, in the mountain environment, and is very popular with teachers and youth workers. The award covers a range of responsibilities including planning, organising, supervising, leading and instructing.

Read on for further information and then check out our Find a Course section to book it!
'The course was well organised.......it was an extremely valuable learning curve...most enjoyable course that I have ever taken part. Anyone thinking about going on this course should stop thinking and get on it!'

A new ASL manual is now available at a cost of £19.99 + £2 p&p - call the office to order on 0131 625 4405.

Scope of the Award

The award offers the opportunity to gain technical competence in leading and teaching skiers within the bounds of a ski resort in a mountain environment at home or abroad. It does not provide a professional instruction qualification and does not permit a Leader to take their group off piste. The award is limited to those travelling and working with their own groups and would be invalid in any other circumstances.

Contact Us to chat about the suitability of the course and further information.

Entry Requirements

Course participants should meet the following criteria:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be able to confidently ski parallel on groomed red runs in the mountains
  • have at least 30 days on-snow experience
  • understand all levels of the UK Snowlife Awards and be able perform to level 6
  • be a member of the Snowsport Scotland coaching scheme

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will also be required to complete a 2 day First Aid Course, Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop and provide a copy of their Disclosure certiifcate. Once all parts are complete, a candidate will be issued with a licence.

 

Snowboard Leader

This award is widely recognised throughout the UK as the most appropriate award for snowboarders taking sole charge of groups, often children, in the mountain environment, and is very popular with teachers and youth workers. The award covers a range of responsibilities including planning, organising, supervising, leading and instructing.

Read on for further information and then check out our Find a Course section to book it!
'The course was well organised.......it was an extremely valuable learning curve...most enjoyable course that I have ever taken part. Anyone thinking about going on this course should stop thinking and get on it!'

A new ASL/SBL manual is now available at a cost of £19.99 + £2 p&p - call the office to order on 0131 625 4405.

Scope of the Award

The award offers the opportunity to gain technical competence in leading and teaching snowboarders within the bounds of a ski resort in a mountain environment at home or abroad. It does not provide a professional instruction qualification and does not permit a Leader to take their group off piste. The award is limited to those travelling and working with their own groups and would be invalid in any other circumstances.

Contact Us to chat about the suitability of the course and further information.

Entry Requirements

Course participants should meet the following criteria:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be able to confidently ski parallel on groomed red runs in the mountains
  • have at least 30 days on-snow experience
  • understand all levels of the UK Snowlife Awards and be able perform to level 6
  • be a member of the Snowsport Scotland coaching scheme

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will also be required to complete a 2 day First Aid Course, Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop and provide a copy of their Disclosure certificate. Once all parts are complete, a candidate will be issued with a licence.

Mountain Snowsports Leader

The Mountain Snowsports Leader (MSL) course trains and assesses those with suitable experience to lead others on skis or splitboards in winter conditions beyond the resort boundary in the UK. It requires those attending to hold a mountain based snowsports Coach, Instructor or Leader qualification and the Winter ML award. It focuses on the specific skills of leading groups in the mountain environment away from pisted areas and there is more of a leaning towards mountain touring on skis than skiing steep pitches. Further infomation on the MSL can be found on the Mountain Safety page.

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