Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
On the opposite end of Helluva's "how good do you have to be to pass your level 3 exam", I'm wondering what it takes to get level 1. What level of skiing as well as what other skill sets.
There were weekend instructor clinics at Crystal a month or so ago. I was tempted to take them and was wondering if I could have skied and taught well enough to get a little part-time work, just for fun.
Hmmm - someone seems to have the lost the orginal focus here. Helping fellow skiers have more fun on the slopes is a tough job, but it can be a lot of fun and highly rewarding. Taking an ITC is a cheap way to get a taste for what teaching might be like. Mind you that they won't tell you about all the whiny kids, rude parents, silly rules, obnoxious bosses and how much money your part time job will actually COST you. There is a high "burn out" rate for new instructors. But an ITC will also not begin to cover the sense of pride and satisfaction you will get when one of your students smiles from ear to ear and starts to "get it".
There are many resorts that will hire intermediate level skiers who can demonstrate some moderate people and teaching skills. Teaching skills covers a wide range of activities/knowledge/skill sets from class management, to psychology to speaking and listening skills, time management, safety/risk management, bio mechanics, technical and industry knowledge, movement analysis and much more. One benefit of ski teaching that many people overlook is that the skills you learn on snow can often help you do your "day job" better.
Most resorts do not require certification. PSIA membership/certification is available for people looking for an extra resource beyond the staff training available at the resort. If you care about becoming the best teacher you can be, PSIA can help you. If you expect PSIA to be a magic wand to cure all problems, you will be disappointed. It does not take much effort to achieve level 1 certification. The 2 main points about level 1 certification are:
1) You can teach a quality lesson to beginners
2) You have started on the path to high performance TEACHING
If you've thought enough to ask the question, you really ought to try it out. We'd love to have you join the "family". We're always looking to add more folks who love to ski and have a positive attitude. Even if you don't join the team, there are a lot of insights to be gained from an ITC.