How does the guaranteed job offer work?
Why is experience so essential in this industry?
The training and certification from EA Ski & Snowboard provide interns all of the necessary knowledge, qualifications and skills needed to be an excellent ski or snowboard instructor. However, like any industry, experience is key and much like university, a piece of paper is hard to justify until you’ve got some work experience behind you to back it up.
We understand how tough it is to get a foot in the door, especially in such a competitive industry as snowsports instruction. That is why each of our ski or snowboard courses also include a guaranteed job offer either in the same season (Instructor internship) or in the following season (Instructor training course).
Moreover, everyone knows that when you start your first job, things are a little shaky at first. What you really need is support, understanding and the right environment to cultivate what you have learnt during training and qualification into competent instructing.
Because the guaranteed job offer component is within the same season as your training and qualifying, the information fresh in your mind. There are also resort reps based in each of our resorts, there to support you as you transition into your job. Our resorts are also great at making sure their new instructors are adequately prepared for their first lessons with things such as shadowing, company inductions and peer support systems.
How do I know what resort will be best for me?
We have over 30 resorts in 5 countries so we understand that it can be hard to narrow down the options. Your citizenship will determine what working holiday visa's you are eligible for and this can be helpful when deciding which country to head to. Each of our resorts have unique features. Because of this, some resorts can sell-out well in advance. For example, Club Med, in Japan is the only resort to include a guaranteed salary.
To ensure that you can select your favourite resort, we recommend you plan one season in advance. Check availability for the two upcoming seasons.
When you say guaranteed job offer, is there a catch?
The guaranteed job offer is an arrangement between EA Ski & Snowboard training and your chosen resort, whereby everyone on our program has a job position waiting for them. Accepting a job offer is conditional on passing your level 1 ski or snowboard instructors examination and abiding by any other terms of employment*, alongside showing the behaviour/conduct expected of a professional ski or snowboard instructor. Although we have a 99% pass rate, occasionally interns do fail their first examination. If this occurs, EA Ski & Snowboard Training work with the individual intern, the examination body and the resort to arrange a resit. In the past, our resorts have been able to provide alternative work until the resit occurred however this is assessed on a case by case basis and not a guarantee.
*This varies between resorts. Please see full terms and conditions for more information.
Upon completion of the training portion of the program which is around 3 weeks, participants sit their level 1 instructors examination. Upon passing, interns accept their paid position as a ski or snowboard instructor at their resort of choice.
Please note that this general structure depends on the resort for example, at Mt. Ruapehu in New Zealand, interns work prior to their examination with beginners in the learner area. The training and examination happen a few weeks into the season and upon passing, interns can begin to instruct higher level skiers.
This industry is very competitive and other things are often taken into account with hiring such as certification level and references. After their season, we encourage all interns to ask for a reference from their ski school director or supervisor and encourage anyone looking to complete further seasons to achieve level 2 certification to give them a good chance of getting further instructing positions in other resorts.
All interns have access to support during this process from EA Ski & Snowboard Training and their 30+ resort partners.
Don’t think inside the box here. Firstly, ski & snowboard instructing can take you to other resorts around the World as a snowsports instructor in back to back seasons. Ski or snowboard instructing knowledge can also open doors you had no idea were there. For example, resort photography, marketing, becoming an examiner, becoming a snowsports instructor trainer and other industry professionals.
A lot of resort directors and ski industry company owners were once ski instructors that found their passion for the snow and then went from there.
How do I know whether this course will be right for me?
No one understands the journey of becoming a ski instructor with EA Ski & Snowboard better than the people who made the same journey themselves so we will let previous interns answer this question for you.
My experience with EA Ski and Snowboard was amazing! Teaching snowboarding was so much fun, it's the best job I've ever had. We started off with 3 weeks of intense training to get us prepped for doing our CASI Level 1. The 3 weeks training is so encompassing that it even allowed a few of us to also get our CASI Level 2 later in the season. Some of my favourite moments from the season were learning a tonne of new park tricks and the amazing powder day we had on Boxing day. I can't wait to get back on the mountain for next season and start teaching again!
The level one was enjoyable and I have now signed up to my level two in March! I can’t pick a favourite moment of teaching, there have been so many! I’ve made so many new friends and am planning on coming back next season.
The level 1 exam was great and I'm loving life in Nozawa, my favourite moment so far has been when kids I'm teaching have told me that I'm their favourite adult (Not that I really see myself as one) and there so happy that they've got me as a teacher, I'm also enjoying seeing how much people are starting to like something I love so much.
The powder is insanely deep, on Tuesday I was skiing in powder 1m deep and it’s just generally wicked in the trees as well!! Teaching has been awesome, my favourite moment was teaching an 8-year-old, I had him on the first day he'd ever skied. I then had him on and off over the next 4 days, and on his final day, I was able to teach him to ski parallel down steeper intermediate slopes which was absolutely awesome!
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