|A question for you is why do you think that for APSIA level 3 you have to gain international experience? Is there not enough quality training at that level in Oz that you have to go elsewhere?|
|Weems, with all due respect, I'm not sure that someone can be both an advocate for instructors and ski area management.|
Who looks after the instructors. Currently they look after themselves as individuals by working hard and building their own business and then giving 2\3rds of their hard won income to SAM and still pay for training events and membership of the accreditation body and if they try too hard to champion the rights of instructors they are OUT. Of course they could become PSIA trainers etc and be happy to put back training hours back into the game. Thats fine also (don that) BUT we are still left with the widely acknowledged fact that SS is not a career that provides enough for enough people.
|However, "bottom line" is not a dirty word. Without financial responsibility, SAM cannot afford to support the pros.|
Am I a cynic … mmmm maybe, have I been involved in SAM and SS, yes, have I read any PSIA manuals, yes and they are very good. Stepping stones is a excellent concept but no substitute for nurturing and retaining talent in SS. KF, ML, DB all wonderful people, doing the best they can and indirectly my plain speaking may upset those that I do not wish to upset. I apologise and continually try to play the ball and not the person.
Gotta go to work to pay for skiing now!