CASI Level 1
Level 1 Instructor Courses
3 Day English Instructor Course
5 Day Chinese Translated Instructor Course
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Level 1 Course Info
- Course Information
- Course Prep
- Translated Courses
- Course Resource Download
- Cancellation Policy
Who Should Take This Course?
You should take this course if you love to snowboard, and have a desire to introduce new students to snowboarding. You should be confident and comfortable both communicating and demonstrating in front of a group.
Am I Ready?
The Level 1 Instructor standards require you to pass both riding and teaching 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 time working as an assistant/apprentice instructor, in order to see a beginner lesson in action.
- Book a lesson with a current CASI Level 1 Evaluator to get feedback on your riding ability in relation to the technical standard.
- Complete the Level 1 course e-prep workshops.
- 15 years of age on the first day of the course (ID must be presented on Day 1)
- Must be fluent in either English or French
- Able to demonstrate comfortable and safe riding skills on intermediate terrain
The CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor certification course is open to strong intermediate snowboarders, aged 15 years and older. Candidates on the Level 1 Course will spend time exploring snowboarding technique and teaching methods across a variety of venues, both on-snow (up to and including intermediate terrain) and during indoor presentations.
The CASI Level 1 course is an introductory course, designed to give successful candidates the skills necessary to begin their role as a new instructor in the industry. Beginner teaching methods, understanding of basic snowboard technique, as well as lesson planning and effective communication skills will be addressed.
Candidates will receive coaching on their snowboarding, as well as feedback on their teaching skills, with the goal of reaching the Level 1 standard in both of these areas. They will also receive suggestions and strategies for long-term development. The successful candidate is certified to teach beginner snowboarders uto the Nop vice Turn level.
Courses do not include:
- Lift pass
After you register for a course you will need to complete the online workshop on the CASI website, in your membership profile.
This needs to be completed before the course. If you have any questions during the online workshop, ask your evaluator during the course.
Level 1 Course Guide – Important
You can download the course guide from the resources tab.
Any questions that you dont understand or dont know the answer to can be asked to the evaluator during the course.
- Complete questions on pages 10-13
- under each question are the pages in the reference guide you will need to read.
- Read and take notes on pages 14 + 15
- CORE COMPETENCIES & RIDING SKILLS
- TEACHING BEGINNER SNOWBOARDERS
- Watch all videos for the Level 1 course
- Riding Standards
- Teaching Theory
- Quick Ride System
Level 1 Riding Standards
Level 1 Teaching Theory
Quick Ride System
When should I book my travel and accomodation?
CASI courses require minimum numbers to run and while most courses do run, some do not. It is therefore very important you do not make any travel arrangements, until the course is confirmed to be happening. Simply registering for a course is not a confirmation that the course will ultimately run.
How old do I have to be?
You must be 15 years old by the first day of the course.
What if the weather sucks?
Courses will run regardless of weather conditions. The only time a course will be cancelled would be due to either no snow, or the hill being closed due to extreme weather conditions such as severe snow storms, lightning storms, intense high winds, etc.
How good do I need to be?
You should have solid intermediate riding skills. Be able to link turns easily and smoothly on both your toe and heel sides and be in control of your board at all times. Remember, this is a course that teaches you how to become an instructor therefore only half of your overall mark is for your riding skills.
What are the specific riding skills required?
You should be able to ride in control. Keep a consistent speed regardless of terrain, pitch and snow conditions (on intermediate terrain – blue runs). Complete round, finished turns. Ride with your knees flexed. Have the ability to slowly demonstrate a big, wide turn. Have the ability to demonstrate at a very slow speed, basic snowboarding maneuvers such as side slipping & pendulum without losing your balance. The ability to change the size of your turns from large to medium to smaller. Make sure you review the Level 1 Riding Standards video for more info on the riding requirements.
I’ve never taught before…
No problem – that’s what the course is all about. The Evaluators are there to teach you how to teach so you’ll be able to go out and give a great first lesson to new snowboarders. The teaching portion makes up half of your mark. As an instructor, your job is to teach and demonstrate. If you are outgoing, self-confident, and speak audibly and clearly, you are likely the type of person who will do well in the teaching portion of the course. It is also important to be on time, pay attention and ask questions when needed. Be involved and have fun!
I took the course and failed, now what do I do?
If you’ve failed both the riding and teaching components, you’ll have to take the full course over again.
I took the course and only passed part of it, now what do I do?
If you’ve failed either the riding or teaching components, you have 2 years from the date of the course to retake the portion failed. If it is riding, you’ll attend Day 1, and if it is teaching, Day 2.
I’ve passed my Level 1 and want to take another course…
Can I achieve the Level 1 and Level 2 certification in the same season?
Yes – there is no mandatory waiting time between taking the Level 1 and Level 2 course. However, we strongly recommend that you obtain some teaching experience between the two courses, particularly if you have not been snowboarding for many years, and have limited or no teaching experience in other capacities. Please review the Level 1 and Level 2 Standards videos at our YouTube channel.
5 Day Translated Courses
The Level 1 Translated Courses requires an extra 2 days to allow us to keep the same standards and quality of instruction. As all verbal communication will be translated, these 2 extra days allow time for the evaluators to give all students the same attention they would receive on a 3 day english course.
Who is the translator?
We ensure we use a certified CASI instructor to provide translation. This way, you can be confidfent they are familiar with the CASI method of teaching and that you will receive accurate translation.
Refunds and transfers must be requested in writing via email. Please allow 2 business days for your request to be processed.
For cancellations, the following penalties will be applied:
- Within 2 weeks (14 days) of the start of the program: 70% of the registration fee will be refunded.
- Within 1 week (7 days) of the start of the program: 50% of the registration fee will be refunded.
- Within 3 days (72 hours) of the start of the program (or no-show): No refund.
- Course transfers will be charged a $25.00 administration fee.
- Transfers are possible only towards a program of equal cost, within the same season. If no transfer is possible, the refund policy will automatically apply.
Refunds and transfers requested for medical reasons will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must be supported by a medical note.
CASI-ACMS reserves the right to cancel any program without prior notice, and will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by the participant. In that event, registration fees will be refunded in full.
All CASI programs have a limited number of spaces available and can fill up before the registration deadline. In that event, CASI reserves the right to refuse participants and to put them on a waiting list.