Thank you very much, all you Bears!
Yea ant, it's nice to get the jewels
The PMTS Direct Parallel Instructor Accreditation is different in a number of striking ways. First, it's a four-day event that combines training and exams. The first two days are training to pass the exams, which are based on teaching scenarios. In each teaching "scene" the instructor must demonstrate that they know how to:Determineeach
to actually take the lessoneach
of what they need to know to improveeach
and how they release, transfer balance, and engage the skisFulfilleach
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by asking questions, student demos, and descriptionseach
needs by recognizing the MOST important new or changed movement
There is a fairly tough take home, open book exam on skiing movements, biomechanics and teaching. While it is open book, at least a third of the questions in each section make you think
before answering. Not trick questions, good questions. I managed to get 100% on the written, but I'm a nerd
Ongoing, at all times, the candidates skiing skills are being observed, and must be at the appropriate level during the exam. There is a tendency to compare, and it's not quite but close to this; PMTS Green at PSIA II, PMTS Blue at PSIA III, and PMTS Black is a lot more like PSIA trainer level. This is quite similar in the teaching skills as well. Since the skiing standard is different, it's not quite a fair comparison, but it's close.
Yes indeed, it's narrow stance skiing! I got ripped on for letting my feet come apart sometimes, but I worked on it during the training days, and it got better. Still needs work, but better. My biggest problem is a "lazy left hand" in pole plants. Heck, I am lazy about pole plants, period...
It was amusing to note the striking visual difference between the PMTS groups and the PSIA groups at Loveland... Some of my instructor friends say I ski with "dark side" turns.
: I take that as a HUGE compliment!
This is a fun and efficient way to ski, and a great way to teach. I have learned a LOT from Harald Harb, Diana Rogers, and Rich Messer, all three, my trainers and examiners. Many thanks to them for putting it together, for the sake of skiing![ April 22, 2002, 04:51 PM: Message edited by: SnoKarver ]