Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie
I never meant to insult anyone or insinuate that L&AirC couldn't ski or skate well. I suspect that his problems with level 2 have more to do with what is going on in his head than what he can do on snow. You can look at assessments anyway that you want to, to me the best way to pass is to not try to over think about what it is specifically that they want you to do and to show up and ski well. I wouldn't worry at all about the hand pumping or whatever. I would ski balanced and strong. I think Skiingblind nailed it in the previous post. If in doubt don't listen to what the examiner is saying, watch what he is doing and do that. In the teaching segment, get quickly to the point and don't talk yourself into a corner. If you know what you are doing, your first instinct will be your best and an examiner will often let you talk yourself right out of a pass by continuing to feed you rope. Stick to one skill and don't try to cover too much information. Also make very sure that your demo matches your description. I fully expect to hear that you passed this season.
No harm no foul. I didn't take it as an insult. I've gathered from this thread, as in others, my incredible ability to NOT get my point across. Partly as I didn't want to go into all the detail because I thought this was going to be easy; my bad. I have no concerns about skating in an exam or to carry out my daily tasks working at the mountain. I actually do it for fun sometimes. Nothing like skating from one lift to the other with a gate bag to get your heart pumping.
I was really trying to get to some valid reference, that couldn't be misinterpreted, that states what the arm movement is - not for me but for the trainer where I work. Remember, as I pointed out earlier, I don't pump my arms the way I'm being told (up and down), but the trainer is still training people to do that. I'm trying to get that to stop. I was hoping to find a "burning bush" that he couldn't dispute. I like the guy a lot, but I'm also known to be a little argumentative and have challenged his training sessions a couple times and would like to stay away from a debate. He's actually been a better trainer than I have been student when it comes to professional courtesy and I would like to amend that.
As for the exam itself, I not sure I'm going for L2 yet. I want to this year, but thanks to our Congress, as an employee of a Defense Contractor, Sequestration is a much bigger concern for me and I probably won't make any solid plans until the politicians pull their collective heads out of their butts so I know if I have a job or not. L2 training money may very well be buying groceries and I might be standing in the unemployment line instead of "line up".
IF I take the exam this season (still have a ton of prerequisites to do), I'm not going to sweat it. Yes I would want to do well and pass with flying colors, but I'll know if I'm ready or not and the mountain's SSD is very open and tactful about letting candidates know if they are ready. I thought I was going to go for L2 last season but I got sucked into running NASTAR again so I did very little training and very little instructing. I've been told I wont have to do that this year (we need an emoticon showing the smiley face's mouth with a hook, line and sinker attached to it) and will be instructing/training instead. I could spend the rest of my life as an L1 and be happy. I mainly want L2 for the training I'll go through to get it for self improvement and the education that comes with it. In similar certifications, I have always done well. I'm not the nervous wreck type.
I do appreciate your comments (and others) on how to approach the exam. Thanks for that.