CASI Level 3
You should take this course if you are a Level 2 Instructor with plenty of teaching experience, including beginner to intermediate students in a variety of situations. You should love to teach, and have a desire to take your teaching skills to new areas of the mountain – groomed terrain, freeride terrain, and the terrain park. You should be confident and comfortable demonstrating advanced riding skills in corresponding terrain, and have an interest in learning to train fellow instructors.
The Level 3 Instructor standards require you to pass riding, teaching and instructor training (pedagogy) evaluations. In order to help you achieve success on the course, we suggest you take the following steps in preparation, if they are available to you:
- Spend plenty of time working as an instructor, honing your communication, analysis and group management skills.
- Ensure you are familiar with the CASI Level 1 & 2 course content and methodologies.
- Attend training sessions with a current CASI Level 3 Instructor or Evaluator, to get feedback on your riding ability in relation to the technical standard.
- Current CASI Level 2 Instructor
- Comfortable on all types of terrain, including basic freestyle/snowboard park terrain
- Current CASI Park Instructor Level 1
The CASI Level 3 Instructor certification is for advanced snowboarders who have passed the Level 2 certification, and have an interest in teaching advanced snowboarders.
The goal of the Level 3 course is to develop a skills-based and situational teaching approach for high-level snowboarding. Also, an understanding of CASI technique and methodology, and an introduction to instructor training (pedagogy) will be developed. It combines practical snowboard teaching methods, technical understanding and development, as well as development of analysis and session planning skills.
Candidates will receive coaching on their riding and teaching skills, with the goal of reaching the Level 3 standard in three areas: pedagogy, all-mountain freeriding (teaching and riding) and terrain park (teaching and riding). They will also receive suggestions and strategies for long-term development.
The successful candidate is certified to teach snowboarders up to the advanced level and lead introductory instructor training sessions. Level 3 is a pre-requisite for the Level 4 certification.
The Level 3 course is delivered in two phases: a course phase where material is presented; and an evaluation phase where exams are conducted. Candidates will leave the course phase with clear feedback regarding performance and potential. Candidates must register for the course and exams portions separately, and are encouraged to take the exams at a later date to allow for training and development time following the course portion.
5 days totaling 30 hours – course phase
2 days – evaluation phase (exam)