I'm a recently qualified CSIA Level 1 instructor. I'm 25 years old, and my dad is 59. We both started skiing at the same time about 5 years ago, and obviously I've progressed at a much faster rate than him because of my age, and because I now live in Canada where I get about 40-60 days per season in. The main reason I did the course was to be a better instructor for him, when he comes over from Australia once a year to visit and ski with me. I also did it to improve my own skiing, but mainly for my dad because he doesnt like taking lessons and getting different instructors with different ideas and techniques every year.
Recently some workmates and other friends of mine have been talking to me about teaching them, or teaching their kids. Usually they will offer to buy me lunch, or buy my pass for the day in return.
Although I'd love to keep progressing my technique, and my teaching skills, I'll probably never work as an instructor. I have a full time job, so I dont need or want any money for doing this. I can afford to buy my own lunch, and I have a season pass where I ski. I do enjoy taking people out, improving their skiing and showing them a bit of the mountain - so I'd like to keep doing it if possible. I just dont want to be doing it as a job... leading groups of 10 kids around the mountain etc... would just take all of the fun out of it for me.
My question is, how legitimate is all of this?? Although right now its only 3 or 4 people, I can see it getting bigger, meeting more people, helping more people out, basically having "clients" in every sense except they dont pay me. I know the resorts absolutely prohibit you teaching on the side for cash. Is what I'm doing ok though??