Vailboarder- I empathize!
I've been an alpine examiner since 1979, and I still wonder about it. The reason I got started was to be an educator. But as that role moved into evaluation, it took on a heavier burden.
Example: The standard necessary to pass a full cert(level III) today is less than it was 25 years ago. I'm not dissing those who have taken it and passed in the intervening years, but the requirements were much more rigid and exacting in days gone by.
Snowboarding is still relatively new, and is still holding to a strong standard. Don't let it gradually erode as alpine has. And that's where you and I come in! We are the keepers of the standard. If we (the examiners- collectively) don't keep integrity in that process, it is worthless.
Hold the standard, be true to it! Trust me- it's much harder to get it back, once it has slipped away.
And when it comes down to the final check mark on the score card, remember- these candidates came to you to measure themselves against the standard. They were not forced, threatened, or otherwise coerced to attend the exam. Those that prepared themselves adequately will pass, those that did not, will fail. Your determination of that isn't personal! But it is an important role which must be treated with respect and the afore mentioned integrity.
However well or not the candidates prepared themselves is not your responsibility, beyond your role as a trainer within your own ski school.
So like LM said- get some sleep! Speaking of which, so should I -. I have a Level 1 exam to give tomorrow! I'm going to sleep like a log!!! ZZZZZZZZ!
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ April 12, 2002 12:40 AM: Message edited 1 time, by vail snopro ]</font>