How to Become a Ski Trainer
For many athletic people, the career of a ski trainer is one that has an air of thrill and a little bit of romance, too. The idea of spending the days on the slopes and the evenings sitting by the fire or hanging out with the other instructors sounds almost too good to be true. Luckily, there are many ski lodges around the world and many of them need to have good ski instructors and guides.
Know How to Ski
If you are interested in becoming a ski instructor, the first thing you must know how to do is ski. As silly as this may sound, there are often people who want to work in a career, but they have no idea how to do what the career requires. You not only need to know how to ski, but you must be able to ski very well. Along with skiing, you need to understand the technique behind the movements so you can break down the skill to teach it to your future students.
Communication Skills are Necessary
You also need to have good communication skills. You could be the best skier in the world, but if you cannot explain to someone how to ski, you will not succeed as a trainer. Along with communication skills, you need to be patient and actually enjoy being around people. They will fall and make mistakes, and if you are not patient and like being around people you will not help them learn how to ski and you will not be employed for very long.
Get a Job at a Ski Resort
One of the first things that you will need to do is get a job, any job, at a ski resort. You should look at a resort in an area where you think you could work for a while, because you will most likely need to work your way up to being a ski instructor. You might have to work at the ski-rental counter or maybe you work giving snowmobile tours. Whatever you do at the ski resort, you give it your all so that your employers will see that you really can work hard, follow directions, and be responsible.
What to Do on the Job
Many times, the employees who work at ski resorts get to ski for free. Since many resorts have seasonal employers, they also will let their employees live at the resort or nearby for a very low price. Whenever you are not working, you should be on the slopes to hone your skills. It is also advisable to shadow the current instructors, but only after you have developed a rapport that allows you to shadow them.
Shadowing and Training
Once you have established yourself at the ski resort, and it might be a season or two, you can begin to talk about your desire to move up and become an instructor. The resort might send you to a special school or let you train on the job. You will have to get certified in CPR and First Aid, but the resort might cover that expense, too.
Before you know it, you will become a ski instructor and be able to train new skiers on your favourite slopes.