Snowboard instructor

A snowboard instructor


Snowboard instructors teach groups or individuals how to ride a snowboard. They instruct students of all ages and skill level individually or in groups. Snowboard instructors teach basic and advanced techniques of snowboarding by demonstrating exercises and giving feedback to students. They give advice on safety and on snowboarding equipment.

Snowboard instructors typically do the following duties:

  • Provide snowboard instruction to individuals or groups of snowboarders of varying skill levels
  • Assess students’ skill levels and provide appropriate instruction and feedback
  • Ensure the safety of students by enforcing resort safety policies and procedures
  • Monitor weather and snowboarding conditions and adjust instruction accordingly
  • Plan and organize lesson plans and activities
  • Maintain accurate records of student progress and attendance
  • Provide exceptional customer service to guests and visitors at the resort
  • Assist with lift operations and other duties as assigned by the resort

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to snowboard instructor:

snowboard coach
snowboard and ski instructor
ski and snowboard instructor
ski & snowboard instructor
snowboard teacher
snowboard trainer
snowboard & ski instructor

Working conditions

Snowboard instructors work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, including cold temperatures, wind, and snow. They spend most of their workday on the slopes, which can be physically demanding. Work schedules can vary widely depending on the resort and season, with many instructors working weekends and holidays.

Minimum qualifications

To become a snowboard instructor, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required, although some ski resorts may require a college degree in a related field. Certification by a recognized snowboard instructor organization, such as the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) or the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI), is also typically required. Instructors must have excellent snowboarding skills and experience snowboarding in a variety of conditions. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to effectively teach and interact with students. Many ski resorts offer on-the-job training and may require additional certifications in first aid and CPR.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Snowboard instructor is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Snowboard instructor career path

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These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to snowboard instructor.

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of snowboard instructor. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of snowboard instructor with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of snowboard instructor.

  • Snowboard: The techniques related to snowboarding, the styles such as apline snowboarding, free ride, jibbing and the equipment used in snowboarding.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of snowboard instructor.

  • Plan sports instruction programme: Provide participants with an appropriate programme of activities to support progression to the required level of expertise in the specified time taking into account relevant scientific and sport-specific knowledge.
  • Organise training: Make the necessary preparations to conduct a training session. Provide equipment, supplies and exercise materials. Ensure the training runs smoothly.
  • Apply risk management in sports: Manage the environment and athletes or participants to minimise their chances of suffering any harm. This includes checking appropriateness of venue and equipment and gathering relevant sport and health history from athletes or participants. It also includes ensuring appropriate insurance cover is in place at all times
  • Adapt teaching to target group: Instruct students in the most fitting manner in regards to the teaching context or the age group, such as a formal versus an informal teaching context, and teaching peers as opposed to children.
  • Demonstrate when teaching: Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.
  • Give constructive feedback: Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.
  • Instruct in sport: Provide appropriate technical and tactical instruction related to the given sport using varied and sound pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of the participants and achieve the desired objectives. This requires skills such as communication, explanation, demonstration, modelling, feedback, questioning and correction.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of snowboard instructor. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of snowboard instructor. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Provide first aid: Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.
  • Apply teaching strategies: Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners’ level, goals, and priorities.
  • Follow trends in sporting equipment: Follow material developments and trends within a specific sport. Keep up-to-date about athletes, gear and equipment manufacturers.
  • Adjust sporting equipment: Alter sporting equipment, e.g. racquet stringing, ski waxing, etc.
  • Motivate in sports: Positively foster athletes and participants’ intrinsic desire to carry out the required tasks to fulfill their goals and to push themselves beyond their current levels of skill and understanding.

ISCO group and title

3422 – Sports coaches, instructors and officials

  1. Snowboard instructor – ESCO
  2. Your Guide to Becoming An Instructor – EA Ski & Snowboard Training
  3. Featured image: Image by tschmid250561 from Pixabay
Last updated on April 23, 2023

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