Snowsport Scotland is the awarding body for all UK Snowsport qualifications in Scotland and offers a full range of courses that will train, assess and license you to become a fully qualified instructor, performance coach or leader.
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There are 4 levels of UK Snowsport Alpine and Park and Pipe Performance Coach as follows:-
- L1 Foundation Performance Coach
- L2 Club Performance Coach
- L3 Head Performance Coach
- L4 National Performance Coach
L1 FOUNDATION COACH – 2 days from £199
The entry level UKSS performance coaching qualification licenses candidates to work with entry level Alpine or Park + Pipe trainees and young competitors to develop skills as directed by head coach in a club environment. The qualification can not only be used in UK artificial ski centres but it can also be used in Scottish mountain ski resorts, provided the candidate completes an additional 1 day of mountain induction training.
NOTE: The award does not permit coaching activity off-piste. (please see leadership awards)
PREPARATION: Before attending the course candidates should ensure that they are proficient at carved turns on blue and red runs.
COST: The 2 day training course costs £199 and then requires all candidates to obtain experience in a working club to complete a logbook of set tasks tasks before being finally assessed and approved for licensing. Licensed status requires candidates to hold an annual coach membership with Snowsport Scotland and a current first aid and child protection certificate.
To download copies of the course overview, workbook, logbook and assessment paperwork use this link. ALPINE & PARK + PIPE L1 Foundation Performance Coach
L2 CLUB PERFORMANCE COACH – 6 days from £450
The UKSS club performance coach qualification licenses candidates to work with club performance trainees up to FIS level to develop skills for competition as directed by head coach.
NOTE: The award does not permit coaching activity off-piste.
PREPARATION: Before attending the course candidates should ensure that they have completed the foundation coach qualification.
COST: The 6 day training course costs £450 and includes assessment. After the course is completed a logbook of workplace tasks must be completed before licensing. The qualification also requires candidates to hold a first aid certificate, a child protection certificate a UKAD Coach Clean training certificate and an annual coach membership with Snowsport Scotland to remain valid.
L3 HEAD PERFORMANCE COACH- 6 days from £450
The UKSS club performance coach qualification licenses candidates to lead a team of coaches and plan and implement an annual performance coaching programme. Qualified coaches will work directly with club and academy performance trainees developing skills for competition as well as mentoring and managing lower level coaches. They also have the opportunity to apply for the IVSI international coach certification and license.
PREPARATION: Before attending the course candidates should ensure that they have completed the L2 Club Performance Coach qualification.
COST: The 6 day training course costs £450 and includes assessment. The qualification also requires candidates to maintain an annual coach membership with Snowsport Scotland to remain valid.
L4 NATIONAL PERFORMANCE COACH
The UKSS National performance coach award qualifies candidates to work with the National Team and contribute to the development of snowsports through a research paper.
Qualification access is granted from application to Snowsport Scotland.
ALPINE SKI OR SNOWBOARD LEADER
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