Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
I'm not the brightest guy in the world, however, I've now read your posts three times and cannot figure out your point.
I can tell you're not a happy camper. I hope your able to muster a smile for the public.
Just what is your plan? What are you proposing? You make mention of trying to effect change. What changes are you trying to make?
I was thrown for a loop by the Hyundi (sic) Ponys and $30.00 an hour base pay. Now I understand when I realize he is one of our breatheren from north of the border.
Ok again...real slow this time:
We need to educate the public about our respective certification systems. We need to let the public know what a Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 are.
I believe that the result of this will be, in general, that people when going to the SS counter will say, I will pay the $xxx dollars for a lesson, BUT I want a level 3. The SS will then be required to keep/obtain higher cert pros to meet this demand. More demand by the public, more money for us.
The obvious counter argument to this will be, well wont everyone want a level 3. Well I would say no. I have no doubt level 2's can give a great beginner to intermediate lesson (as well as a level 3). Young Level 1's are great with kids and older "life experienced" level 1's are great with older "life experienced" beginers.
I think the overall result will be more high qualifed pros becuase, the ones who are highly qualified will have greater incentive to stay in the industry (many leave, not becuase they are pissed off, but becuase the realities of life and family means they need to quit to get a better paying job). Also there will be more incentive for pros to work hard, train and reach the higher levels. Right now the only reason a pro seeks out higher certification is for personal pride in themselves and their job. This is not a bad thing, but little cash would be nice too.
Better pros = better lessons = more enjoyment for the public = more ski days = more money for everyone.
I also need to comment on the remark that I am obviously bitter, and that they hope I dont show my discontent to the public. I am not bitter. The reason I have been able to stay in the industry this long is becasue I am fortunate enough to have a side income which does me well. My drive for this, believe it or not, is becuase I am one of those guys who does it for the love of the sport. I love sharing my passion for skiing with others (I dont get paid to share my knowledge on ski technique and teaching here do I?).
I have seen the damage the philosphy of "do it because you love it" can create. It is used to somehow justify SAM's filling their SS's with low qualified, low paid pros. Short sighted, no one wins. Hence I have tried to lead the way, for the benefit of my friends, collegues and the sport I love.
Please answer me this...Why are so many of you opposed to educating the public about our certification systems, what it means and how it can benefit them?