Originally Posted by bud heishman
If I wasn't comfortable and confident with what I was doing then I wouldn't do it.
We need the binding manufacturers to support this concept! and someone to champion the idea of a certification program that would provide indemnification for instructors/coaches.
In no way did I mean to criticize you or imply any criticism of you. I think your advice here is great, without any reservation. I am looking to manage my own risk when I implement any suggestions, and to explore ways for others to manage the risk.
Certification does not have to provide indemnification to be useful. It can provide evidence that the certified individual meets a standard of care. I am sure that is part of my ski area's support for instructor certification. I can see the defense now: "the instructor working for my client was certified by an internationally recognized national accrediting organization, the PSIA, and was teaching in accord with their doctrine, and our resort's instructional plan. Of course there is some risk to skiing, but the plaintiff accepted that risk, and the ski area did its best to manage that risk."
If there were a recognized organization for boot modifications that would help a lot. There could be a similar defense. The closest I see anyone coming is bootfiters' university. I am not so sure that modifications encouraged by PSIA would be so wwarmly treated in court. If I were the dfense attorney I would certainly give it a shot, but if I were the plaintiff's attorney, I would feel pretty comfortable attacking the instructor's expertise in boot modifications.
Regarding Bud, and a few others across the country who are regarded in the trade as experts, i think they would likely be able to prove that they met a standard of care ifthey were to be sued. What can everyone else do?