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Level 2 Journey - Reboot!

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I have been reading EpicSki forums for a couple of seasons now, and I wanted to see if anyone is interested in sharing their certification journey - the good, the bad, the frustrating.... all of it.


My journey started when I started teaching in 2003.  I was pretty typical, having taken the Level 1 certification exam during my first season.  Being a part-timer, I spent virtually every season from 2005 through 2010 preparing for Level II certification.  I passed my skiing exam in 2010 on my first attempt.


From 2011 through last season, I was not successful with Part 2.  I can pretty much write a novel on my experiences these last two seasons.  Most notably, I struggled with the exam format - but learned an incredible amount about being a more effective ski coach.


So, here I am - once again preparing for my Level II skiing exam.  It's a reboot! As I look at this as a journey, I am training all season, and choosing a March date for the exam, probably Belleayre or Stowe.  I met quite a few extraordinary people in PSIA who have had similar experiences, but have kept at it - kept training, kept learning, kept putting themselves out there.  I practically consider it an obligation to pursue certification.


The exam changes in the Easter Division have also kept me motivated.  Oh, how I wish these changes came into effect a couple of seasons ago!  But I am very glad that there is an acknowledgement that those seeking certification are made up of a large population of part-time ski coaches, and more on-snow training is required to meet certification goals.


I have to think there are more ski coaches who post here that are doing the same thing.  I would love to hear more about your journey!


- Jay

post #2 of 6

My certification path.

Passed my level 1 in 2003 in the Rocky Mountain Division while finishing up school in Colorado.

Returned to the Eastern Division, applied for Early Admissions (accepted) and passed my level 2 in 2004.

Took a year off to live in California with my (now) wife.

Returned to Stowe and passed my level 3 in 2006.

Tried out for Dev Team in 2007 - unsuccesful.

Tried out for DCL Team in 2008 and made it.

Tried out for Dev, again, in 2009 - unsuccesful.

Tried out for Eastern Demo Team in 2010 and made it.

Tried out for Dev, again, in 2011 and made it.

Tried out for ETS in 2013 and made it.

Working on my exam understudies now (I'll be at both Belleayre and Stowe).

Training to try out for National Demo Team in 2016.

post #3 of 6
Started skiing seriously on 2010,
passed my level 1 CSCF (EL) in 2011,
Failed miserably on my level 2 in 2012,
(Just) Got my level 2 CSCF (DL) in 2013

Took a lot of work, a lot of reading, I think I have pretty much every relevant book and DVD on skiing... wink.gif At times, too much information can be a big drag thoug... But the more you learn, the more you realize you're just starting a new level...

post #4 of 6
Attended my first exam prep in 1969. Had no teaching experience, so could not try out for the exam.
Made my first exam attempt mid winter 1970-71, second spring 1971 (last year you could pass for either certified or associate certified), third winter 1971-72, fourth fall of 72 and passed for Associate Certified (now LII). Passed LIII spring of 1973. Tried out for division staff each of the next five years, after which I made division clinician, but not DCL, and finally realized I just wasn't sufficiently athletic to qualify further.

What I've learned along the way: Growth can be continuous if you work at it. I ski and teach better today than I ever have, albeit with reduced physical capabilities as I work through my 74th winter.
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Started skiing in 2003, took a training course for my L1 and 2 (NZSIA) in 2005, passed both first time. Started full-time (back to back seasons) instructing when I finished university in 07, took my L3 in 2009 and failed, passed in 2010. Haven't had anything to do with certification or the NZSIA since then as I moved over to Chile. 


I train instructors for my school in Japan and for an instructor training company so try to keep up to date with what's going on whilst improving my personal skills. 


I think the key difference between the season I passed my L3 and the one I failed (apart from experience), was taking it very seriously the second year. I stopped drinking, stopped skiing park, trained every day off, went to every clinic I could, went to the gym. It was only 6 weeks of focus, but it really took my skiing to the next level. I am thinking about competing on the FWQ more seriously next year and will have to do the same thing if I want to be successful. 

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Best of luck, Jim.

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