Being a snowboard instructor in Canada is more than just a career; it's a dynamic lifestyle that promotes growth, creativity, and excitement. The combination of epic snowboarding mountains, amazing nature to explore, and a tight knit ski community makes Canada a great place to call home for a ski season.

How To Become A Snowboard Instructor In Canada? - 10 Step Guide

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May 29, 2024

How To Become A Snowboard Instructor In Canada?

Being a snowboard instructor in Canada is more than just a career; it's a dynamic lifestyle that promotes growth, creativity, and excitement. The combination of epic snowboarding mountains, amazing nature to explore, and a tight knit ski community makes Canada a great place to call home for a ski season.

What is life like as a snowboard instructor in Canada?

“I’m going to Canada this winter"

There is perhaps no sentence for a snowboarder that comes laden with so much hope, expectation, adrenaline and froth! For an insight to what life is like as a snowboard instructor in Canada, read Marines story HERE

Being a snowboard instructor in Canada is more than just a career; it's a dynamic lifestyle that promotes growth, creativity, and excitement. The combination of epic snowboarding mountains, amazing nature to explore, and a tight knit ski community makes Canada a great place to call home for a ski season.

Want to be like Marine? She surfs her summers in Ghana and snowboards her winters in Canada! Read her story what it is like working as a snowboard instructor in Revelstoke, Canada HERE

"I’ve always had a huge passion for adventure and board sports. I looked up to my snowboard instructors growing up which drove me to become one myself! I decided to go to Canada because I heard great things about the snow out here and the opportunities there are for working outdoors."

Why Canada for a ski season?

Canada. A place with deep snow, funky towns, and some of the most adventure-packed ski resorts on the planet. A place where you can spy a wild elk while embarking on a powder run. A place with a great ski community with authentic and friendly people. Canada is a year round adventure playground - and you are 100% likely to meet some rad people along the way, eh!

If the idea of eating copious amounts of maple syrup, having a higher hot cocoa intake than water, and carving through deep snow amidst trees everyday sounds good to you, then Canada is the place to go.

Come carve up some snow with us this season in Canada. To learn more download our Canada Instructor Guide HERE

Canada. A place with deep snow, funky towns, and some of the most adventure-packed ski resorts on the planet. A place where you can spy a wild elk while embarking on a powder run. A place with a great ski community with authentic and friendly people. Canada is a year round adventure playground - and you are 100% likely to meet some rad people along the way, eh!

The 10 Step Guide To Becoming A Qualified Snowboard Instructor Starts Here!

Becoming a snowboard instructor in Canada can be an exciting adventure, whether you're taking a winter gap year, seeking a career change, or fulfilling a lifelong dream in hunt for perfect powder. Here are the ten steps to get you started:

Step 1. Is The Snowboard Instructor Lifestyle Right For Me?

Many people think becoming a snowboard instructor is their dream job. To carve it into a career path and make it to the top takes commitment, hard-work and tenacity, but the extraordinary lifestyle attached is incredible. It consists of exploring the world, living in the mountains, high job satisfaction and amazing après.

If you are considering a career as a snowboard instructor, you need to have a passion for the sport, patience, desire to learn, with potential to develop into a top snowboarder. It’s a hard industry to break into, but the easiest route is via an instructor training course. You don’t need to be an amazing snowboarder, but it is recommended to have some experience on the mountain.

When starting out as a snowboard instructor, you will be at the bottom and have to work your way up the pecking order. As a new instructor, you will be teaching a-lot on the magic carpet. While this may not be your end goal, it is extremely rewarding seeing the progression. As you do a few winter seasons, and progress through the instructor ranks, more opportunities arise. If you fully put your eggs in the basket, in the long term you may become a trainer for future instructors, manage a ski school, go down the adaptive instructing route, or become a guide. There’s many epic avenues this career can lead you!

Step 2. Have A Goal To Guide Your Journey In The Snow Sports Industry

It is important to have aspirations and goals for a career in the snow-sports industry. An end goal to work towards, to help you progress, improve and become a better instructor. Some decisions such as which instructor course to train with, may be influenced by where you want to work as an instructor. You need to choose a qualification that won’t limit your opportunities. A qualification from an internationally recognised instructor system, allows you to work throughout the world.

In the video below our training consultant Kang discusses the internationally recognised qualification we offer at EA Ski and Snowboard. We offer level 1 and level 2 qualifications, which is recognised by most of the ski schools throughout the globe. You can then chase snow, explore, and travel around working as an instructor!

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/ki8nHZKDztw

Step 3. Pick A Internationally Recognized Snowboard Instructor Qualification

In the world of snow-sports instruction, qualifications are the foundation and a prerequisite to launching a career in the mountains.

You need to get an international recognised qualification if you want to use snowboarding as your ticket to travel the globe. All of the qualification systems below are issued by a national governing body and are overseen by the ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association). The ISIA is the world body for professional ski and snowboard instructors. All these systems are highly regarded and popular systems around the world. 

Step 4. Pick A Qualification Level

For snowboard instructors, there are 4 levels of certification. The lowest level is Level 1, and the highest level is the Level 4 certification. Knowing what level you would ultimately like to achieve can help you plan out your career accordingly.

There are minor differences between each qualification, but they are similar. For aspiring instructors, the most popular qualification systems are NZSIA, CSIA, and BASI. These are very well recognised across the world and offer an achievable pathway to get started in the industry. All have very high standards for the final level, but allow you to begin working while training for these higher levels.

The qualification systems consist of three or four levels of certification, are internationally recognised offering employment prospects across the globe

Step 5. Pick A Snowboard Instructor Course 

To kickstart your career as a snowboard instructor, it is required to choose a snowboard instructor course. The course will help give you the fundamental ingredients to start your journey as a snowboard instructor. You will be trained on different criteria to pass the exam, have practical teaching experience, make industry connections, and have valuable career advice.

These are courses run by companies like EA Ski and Snowboard Training. We offer the following courses below:

Snowboard Instructor Training Course:

We offer instructor training courses from 4 - 11 weeks long. The Snowboard instructor course has been specifically designed to improve individual snowboarding ability and provide program participants with world-class instructor qualifications. This is the perfect way to get a head start in the industry without committing to work.

Snowboard Instructor Internship Course:

This allows you to get qualification, train, and guaranteed job offer at a ski school all in one season. Although a snowboard training course gives you the qualifications you need to teach, a snowboard instructor internship will provide you with a guaranteed job offer so you can train and work in the same season. Step straight into a ski school and start earning money working as a snowboard instructor. This is our most popular course due to the guaranteed job offer.

Step 6. Complete The Snowboard Instructor Training Course 

Once you're up in the mountains, the real adventure begins. Your primary goal here is to solidify your qualifications, so it's crucial to stay focused during your training as you refine your technique and master the art of teaching others. But don't worry, it's not all work and no play; there will be plenty of opportunities for shredding, exploring the mountains, and enjoying some epic après-ski.

By the end of your course, you should emerge as a certified snowboard instructor with internationally recognised qualifications. It's important to seize any opportunity to gain hands-on experience by shadowing real lessons and getting involved in instructing whenever possible. This practical experience will not only bolster your skills but also make you a more attractive candidate to potential employers.

Step 7. Get A Job At A Ski School

After landing your qualification, it is time to apply for an instructor job. With EA Ski and Snowboard Training we guarantee a job offer. This is typically hard as most people become a qualified snowboard instructor and then struggle to find a job as most ski schools require practical experience. EA Ski and Snowboard eliminates this issue, as we have world class training and a reputable course that has relationships with ski schools to slot into a job and hit the ground running.

At EA Ski and Snowboard Training, our extensive network of ski school connections can be a valuable resource for you to tap into. Additionally, our trainers we offer will serve as excellent mentors.

Step 8. Get A Working Holiday Visa For Canada

You will have to rely on a working holiday visa to become a snowboard instructor overseas. As you work up the levels and become more experienced, you may be able to look to sponsorship. But to start off, you’ve only got the one option of a working holiday visa. 

Before you go to Canada, to work as a snowboard instructor, you will need a working holiday visa (WHV) to be eligible to work at a ski school and get a salary. A WHV gives you the right to work and travel in Canada for up to 12 months. Typically the visa process takes about 2 months. There are also a limited number of visas. The whole visa process can get confusing, and our training consultants help guide you through the entire process, as well as secure you a guaranteed ski resort job with staff accommodation before you arrive in Canada.

To learn more about our training consultants, find out more HERE

Step 9. Soak Up The Epic Lifestyle Of Being A Snowboard Instructor.

Life as a snowboard instructor is extraordinary. Get paid to teach your passion, work with like-minded people, and live an adventurous and exciting lifestyle!

Life as a snowboard instructor is extraordinary. Get paid to teach your passion, work with like-minded people, and live an adventurous and exciting lifestyle!

Step 10. Career Development As A Snowboard Instructor

Continuing professional development is indeed crucial for those aspiring to build a long-term career as a snowboard instructor. Progressing through certification levels and gaining experience over multiple seasons are key steps in this journey.

Typically, individuals spend 2-3 seasons at the level 2 instructor stage before having a crack at their level 3 certification. To ensure success in this career path, aspiring instructors should focus on gaining experience, pursuing higher levels of certification, and continuously honing their skills through professional development opportunities. By doing so, they can establish themselves as knowledgeable and skilled professionals in the field of instruction.

Why EA Ski and Snowboard Training?

EA Ski and Snowboard Training is the world's largest and most reputable ski and snowboard instructor communities. Besides being one of the worlds largest ski instructor communities, the unique opportunity to offer a job placement. This means that, as long as you pass the exam, we can guarantee a job offer at a ski school.

‍“So become a ski or snowboard instructor with us!  Get training + qualifications + job offer – all in one season with EA”

EA Ski & Snowboard Training offers snowboard courses at ten world-class ski resorts across Canada - Big White, Castle, Cypress, Grouse Mountain, Lake Louise, Nakiska, Mt Norquay, Revelstoke and SilverStar. These courses provide a solid foundation for aspiring snowboard instructors, helping them transition smoothly into this exciting career.

The video shows the benefits of doing a ski or snowboard instructor internship program or training course with EA Ski and Snowboard Training.

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