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achieving a level 1 CASI?

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Thread Starter 
Hey folks, 

Well, I was out for my fourth snowboard day/lesson last week and I finally feel it coming together. Whistler uses a six grade system for their ski school, and I'm supposed to go into a level four next time. Four is "comfortable riding all green runs and some blue runs. More difficult blue runs are sometimes a challenge. Would like to explore more varied terrain." I've got my hands down, generally, usually maintain a centered and balanced stance, and am initiating most turns from the hips. My carved turn tracks have a wobble in them (not smooth like on skis). I do drop onto my butt sometimes when going too slowly with too much edge. 

Right, so I'm pretty low on the snowboard progression. That said, boarding is something I'd like to be able to teach. Based on what I've seen in my lessons, there are so many boarders out there who I know I'll be able to help. Whistler has a CASI level 1 course coming up May 7-10. I'll have time to get in about 25 boarding days, mostly consecutive, before then. 

According to the CASI site, a level 1 candidate must be a strong intermediate rider, meeting these requirements: 

Your should be able to ride in control.
Keep a consistent speed regardless of terrain, pitch and snow conditions.
Complete round finished turns.
Ride with your knees flexed.
Have the ability to slowly demonstrate a big, wide turn.
Have the ability to demonstrate at a very slow speed, basic snowboarding maneuvers such as side slipping & pendulum without losing your balance.
The ability to change the size of your turns from large to medium to smaller.

I recognize nobody has a crystal ball... but... Is this a realistic goal within 25 boarding days? I'm happy to do lessons on most/all of those days if it would get me there. And I'm ok with failing if it's just out of reach. But I'd like to at least realistically stand a chance. 

post #2 of 4
Yes.  Do you know what the difference is between a beginning snowboarder and a pro?  About 4 days.  (Some truth in all humor.)

Check out these guys http://www.pro-ride.com/ in your neck of the woods.  At least in the past (and I think it's the case now) they did prep for instructor certs and had a great rep (I'm sure they have a great rep now too, I just haven't known anyone who used them for a couple years).
post #3 of 4
Go for it Met!

I taught my first riding lesson after 7 hours of experience and 1/2 my class was riding better than I was at the end of that lesson. Sometimes there is some truth to the saying "those that can't do, teach". Teaching experience, personality and love for the sport can offset some lack of riding skills for teaching beginners. Still, I was lucky. The CASI approach seeks to build upon a strong foundation. Your goal is doable, but challenging.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
 Thanks guys! I will.

CTKook: I'd love to do a course like that--they're way outside my price range, unfortunately. The good news is the ski school at Whistler runs full day lessons for $65. So... perhaps I can get enough training in by then to pass. 

Therusty: that's such a funny story! Interestingly enough, the CASI-1 I had a few days ago put a lot of effort into teaching, and gave tons of feedback. The level 2 I had today seemed more into enjoying his own turns down the hill. So yeah, attitude makes a huge difference in teaching. 

 Today was my sixth day. I can do novice turns down blues, and edge to edge on nearly flat greens. Still pokey though. But there's hope. 
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