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Snowsport Scotland has successfully launched a series of new instructor courses for budding snowsport enthusiasts who wish to take their skillset to new levels.

The Scottish national governing body will now be running a three-day foundation course providing an introduction into becoming a snowsports instructor. Throughout the course participants will be invited to work with beginner skiers and snowboarders at artificial slopes and mountain snowsports facilities.

And the Assistant Instructor course has already proven to be popular amongst participants over the age of 14 looking to get started on the pathway with over 30 people already successfully completed the course. Participants have also been able to add the newly acquired skills towards their Duke of Edinburgh qualification.

Speaking about the new courses, Neil MacGrain, Coach Education Manager at Snowport Scotland said: “Being a snowsport’s instructor is a fantastic skill to possess and we are delighted to introduce this platform to allow people to acquire the knowledge and experience it takes to teach at this level.

“Not only is becoming an instructor a huge accolade, it also provides a great opportunity for individuals to share their passion for the sport and pass this on to budding new talent. It is fantastic to be part of an individual’s development and help them to reach their full potential.”

Snowsport Scotland is also bringing back its popular ASL and Ski Instructor Conversion courses which have already generated a significant amount of interest. The courses are scheduled to be held at Firpark Ski Centre with training provided on the 29th and 30th October and a formal assessment to be completed on 12th November. 

The course is designed for any individual to attend who possesses an ASL qualification and would like to convert this to the new ski instructor qualification. Snowsport Scotland will provide a short recap on the skills acquired for the ASL qualification, as well as delivering its updated instruction models, along with more accurate performance to meet the requirements of the Ski Instructor qualification.

Rob Claridge, CEO of Snowsport Scotland, said: “All of the courses provided by Snowsport Scotland are delivered to an extremely high standard. We are recognised throughout the snowsports community for our expertise and genuine passion for the sport. We are well equipped to provide training at any level and we strive to provide the most effective training programmes to accelerate individual’s snowsports careers.” 

Snowsport Scotland offers a number of different courses to meet the needs of the clubs and the wider snowsports community. These qualifications are suitable for Coaches, Instructors and Leaders as well as accreditation for Event Officials, covering the disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Park & Pipe and Cross Country Skiing. Each has their own pathway to meet the needs of the discipline and covers from early participation through to international level competitors.

Courses take place throughout the year on artificial slopes and through the winter in the Scottish mountain resorts and are available from age 14 and up. Snowsport Scotland is the only UK snowsports organisation to offer courses for under 16’s.

For more information, please contact the Snowsport Scotland office on 0131 625 4405 or info@snowsportscotland.org.

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