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PSIA certification prep?

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Does anyone have any ideas on reading materials for preseason certification prep? I took and passed my Level 3 skiing last March and am looking at taking my teach/tech exam this January or February. I have the PSIA materials and am thinking over different progressions and skill blends, but am always looking for other ideas! Thanks for the great disscussions they have helped me think about many issues in new ways. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #2 of 8
Find the articles "The Unofficial Guide to Good Skiing" and/or "The Official Guide to Bad Skiing" (the latter may read "Inefficient Skiing")

These articles show the direction PSIA has headed with professional knowledge/movement analysis by transcending, yet including the Skills Concept with visual cues/specific movement pattern references.

In training people for certification, inclusion of this material has been the factor that boosted knowledge/performance over the line to success.

Some more recent articles and more concise lists have developed from these article (they are a couple years old), but they were early on in showing of the change.

I don't know how to view a Personal Message, but if you somehow provide me with your e-mail (Mine is I have these articles and can e-mail them to you...I will also include the newer stuff.

Demonstrrating level III performance teaching/tech standards involves improving the level of the skier(s)-at-hand's skiing. This means being able to identify movement patterns and create appropriate progressions/tasks/teaching segments on the spot. Trying to rely on previously successful progressions is a gamble at best, and a poor one at that. The information I am suggesting will help provide a perspective that lends itself to performance above the bar.

I have included this material in training sessions in the following manner.

-Familiarization with the material.
-Discussion/repetition of familiarization.
-Video referencing for identification of the simplest visual cues.
-Continued video referencing until identification of all of the visual cues/movement patterns is acheived.(no error correction yet.)
-On snow cue/movement pattern identification.
-Prioritizing and understanding movement pattern relationships
-Slowly moving into error correction.

Good luck
post #3 of 8
All that's necessary is that you demonstrate snowplow movements really well. Do this and they'll probably put you on the demo team.
post #4 of 8
"snowplow movements"

Is that what happens when you 'round the corner and find a large, oncoming blade attached to a heavy truck in your lane? :


BMTS - the new teaching system to help you attain the more 'religious' skiing experience. The price for membership to this cult is high...exclusion from ever skiing Deer Valley.

post #5 of 8
Thats right, those demo team guys/gals really suck. Heck - HH must have sucked when he was on it too. Its all a gigantic scam and illusion.

Now . . . click those heels together and say "theres no place like home . . . theres no place like home . . . "

post #6 of 8
"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain".
post #7 of 8
Okla- The best thing you can do to pass the level 3 teaching is TEACH!!! The exam is and should be a test of your knowledge and experience and the best way to increase that is by teaching many different kinds of clients (women/kids/older adults) on many different kinds of conditions and terrain.

You can start this even before the snow falls by teaching people other things you are good at. Are you good at tennis? golf? swimming? grab someone and coach them in these other sports. Good teaching is Good teaching.

Then bring it to the snow working with guest or peers. This way when you get to the exam and your asked to lead the group on short radius turns on ice you can say DO THIS and give feedback and allow practice and help guide them to correct movements that work because you will allready know. Level 1 & 2 should have tested levels 1-7 so the exam will geared more to levels 8&9 so another hint is to teach them what you are working on in your skiing, it will be fresh you will be motivated and you will know what you are trying to do and why. One last hint: Skiing is a movement sport so you NEED TO MOVE TO LEARN!!! Yes we need descriptions and images but most of all our student needs sensations good and bad in order to learn to move better so keep skiing. Please no 3 turn and stop teaching!!! GOOD LUCK!
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I have an idea, oklahhomaskibum. Why don't you pick a topic, tell us what it is, and then describe how you would teach it to real students. Even better, tell us how you HAVE taught it in a real lesson. We could have a great discussion!

Even better still, how about someone else suggesting a topic that you'd like to have some instruction in. Tell us about yourself, why you want to learn this "thing," and anything else that might be relevant. (We may have a few more questions to ask you, so be ready!) Oklahhomaskibum can start the "lesson," then we can all jump in.


Best regards,
Bob Barnes

EDIT: The honorable DChan has begun, in the thread OKSkiBum Lesson Please

Let the games begin!
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