Originally Posted by Maui Steve
My son is starting college next year at Univ. of utah. He and I were talking about how it would be cool to go abroad after he gets a degree. I wondered about the possibility of going to Europe or SA and working as a ski instructor. 1. He's a pretty good skier, but I assume much more is required to actually get certified as an instructor.But he'll be in Utah for 4 years, so how feasible is that? 2. Assuming he got some kind of certification, how feasible is it as US citizen to teach at some resort abroad? Thanks for any input.
What is required is:
1) skiing with the correct technique
2) be able to teach.
2b) a good way to get your foot in the door is to have experience with kids, ie camp counselor experience, babysitting, etc. (if he is a decent skier this will probably help him most)
3) call all the ski resorts near where he will be going to school. Some will be hiring entry level instructors. Find out if he can shadow the instructors. If lucky they will either help him with the techniques needed to start, or simply hire him on the spot and start him with teaching skills, skiing skills, will train him to pass the psia test, give him experience teaching.
Some material for him to go over is the core concepts and alpine manual from here:http://www.psia-rm.org/products.php?sorttype=alpine
Also, the level 1 studyguide from here is also a must read:http://divaskitips.blogspot.com/search/label/skills%20concept
Also the childrens manual will be a good read, plus their are a ton of good docs on divaskitips for him to read.
When he starts to read this, he will see the names weems and Barnes all over the place, they are on here. Besides reading the level 1 studyguide and childrens manual, buying the core concepts and alpine manual, shadowing instructors, film him skiing and ask for people here for analysis.
You should start calling ski resorts tommorow (of ski resorts near the u of u) since these resorts will close soon, ask for the ski school director, tell him/her your son would like to be a ski school instructor, ask them if they are training people to be instructors next year, and if they only hire those with experience ask them of a ski resort nearby that would be good.
He can spend every minute of the summer reading and he still wont be able to read it all.