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Full Training + Paid Job Offer

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Snowboard Instructor COURSES WITH A GUARANTEED Paid Job Offer

The ultimate full season snowboard course that combines snowboard instructor training and a guaranteed snowboard instructor job offer. Step straight into a ski school and start earning $$. Our partnerships with the world’s top ski schools allow you to start living the dream in your first season. This is a unique opportunity because most ski schools around the world require certifications and experience to be hired.

What is a snowboard instructor internship?

EA's Snowboard Instructor Internship scheme is the best way for keen snowboarders to get into snowboard instructing and land their first instructor job. The course has been tailor built to bring together all the elements to have a wicked winter season without any worries, combining the following:

  • Full snowboard instructor training in top resorts
  • Resort accommodation while training
  • Globally recognized certifications & qualifications
  • A guaranteed paid instructor job offer before you start!

WHy should you do a SNOWBOARD INTERNSHIP?

Qualifications don't guarantee a job as a snowboard instructor... For many, becoming a snowboard instructor is the dream job. Because of this, landing paid employment can be almost impossible without certifications AND previous work experience. Competition for snowboard instructor jobs is huge, so if you don't stand out from the pile of CVs, you won't get seen.

The Instructor Internship Scheme overcomes all these problems at once... Allowing boarders to receive all the training they need to teach, as well as a guaranteed paid job offer from the ski school before they even fly to the country to train. The internship scheme removes all the employment risks while offering even more to snowboard instructors.

DO I QUALIFY FOR A Snowboard INTERNSHIP?

There is high demand for EA snowboard internships, and places available are limited each winter season. To quality for the scheme, you don't have to be a pro rider, or even have had previous teaching experiencing. As places are limited, we recommend you quickly fill out the form below to see if you qualify for an internship, if so, we can help you find the right resort and course.

ULTIMATE PLUS COURSES JAPAN

Ultimate Plus programmes in Japan include Level 2 examination costs. 

ULTIMATE PLUS COURSES SWITZERLAND

For Ultimate plus programs in Switzerland compulsory level 2 exam costs of $1,000 US Dollars.

 

Find out why doing a snowboard internship is the best way to become a snowboard instructor

What do ski schools want?

Josh Foster

““Our Snow School receives hundreds of instructor applications every season but outside the EA Internship Program we don’t look at any unless they have a level 2 certification and at least one season experience behind them.””

Josh Foster - Director of Snowsports at Big White

What do applying instructors say...

Big White Instructor2

““I am level 2 certified now and spent lots of money getting here but I have applied for heaps of jobs and cant get hired anywhere!””

Edward Rain, United Kingdom

Where Can You Go?

PROGRAM OPTIONS

We offer three snowboard instructor course options: Ultimate, Ultimate Plus and Dual Certification. With each option you’ll get an initial 3 or 4 week training and level one exam module with a job offer so you can work as an instructor. If you choose the Ultimate Plus program you’ll get lots of extra snowboard training and qualifications, plus other cool courses and events during the season!

If you also ski, then the dual certification internship could be a great option as it provides the opportunity to become both a ski and snowboard instructor with a guaranteed job offer! Most ski schools have a lot more work for skiers so you can be a very useful staff member by having both qualifications. The Dual program is an Ultimate Plus format so also includes extra course elements such as first aid course and avalanche course.

Check out what’s included

Pre Departure Ultimate Ultimate Plus Dual
Instructor Job Offer ¹ Yes Yes Yes
EA PLANNING CHECKLIST & PROGRAM HANDBOOK Yes Yes Yes
WORK VISA GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE Yes Yes Yes
SEASON PREPARATION - SUPPORT & ADVICE Yes Yes Yes
STA TRAVEL DEALS ON FLIGHTS AND INSURANCE Yes Yes Yes
Level One Program ² Ultimate Ultimate Plus Dual
EA ARRIVAL PACK - HOODIE & PRINTED MATERIALS Yes Yes Yes
RESORT ARRIVAL ORIENTATION Yes Yes Yes
SHARED ACCOMMODATION ³ Yes Yes Yes
Snowboard Level One Coaching Yes Yes Yes
ON SNOW ANALYSIS Yes Yes Yes
TECHNICAL & THEORY SESSIONS Yes Yes Yes
Snowboard Association Membership Yes Yes Yes
Training Manuals & Materials Yes Yes Yes
Snowboard Level One Exam Fees Yes Yes Yes
Resort Employee Season Pass 4 Yes Yes Yes
Access to Resort Employee Transport Yes Yes Yes
Advice & Deals on Equipment Yes Yes Yes
EA Program Manager Yes Yes Yes
Social Events Yes Yes Yes
Once Working Ultimate Ultimate Plus Dual
ASSISTANCE FINDING ACCOMMODATION Yes Yes Yes
ALL TERRAIN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT No Yes Yes
SNOWBOARD LEVEL TWO COACHING No Yes No
PARK & FREERIDE TRAINING No Yes Yes
AVALANCHE SAFETY COURSE No Yes Yes
FIRST AID COURSE No Yes Yes
ON SNOW ANALYSIS No Yes Yes
TECHNICAL & THEORY SESSIONS No Yes Yes
Ski Level One Coaching No No Yes
SKI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP No No Yes
SKI LEVEL ONE EXAM FEES No No Yes
PRICES EXCLUDE Ultimate Ultimate Plus Dual
FLIGHTS AND INSURANCE Yes Yes Yes
MEALS AND DISCRETIONARY ITEMS 5 Yes Yes Yes
ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT POST L1 PROGRAM Yes Yes Yes
ANY VISA PROCESSING FEES Yes Yes Yes
LEVEL TWO EXAM COSTS 6 Yes Yes Yes
GEAR AND EQUIPMENT Yes Yes Yes
ARRIVAL CITY ORIENTATION7 Yes Yes Yes
  1. Job Offers are subject to EA and resort interviews, obtaining a work visa, passing the level one exam and certain other resort requirements and conditions.
  2. The length of level 1 program depends on location.
  3. Shared accommodation is provided for the initial 3 to 4 week level 1 program.
  4. Additional lift tickets will be provided to those training at different resorts prior to moving to their employing resort.
  5. For Canyons Internships a compulsory Meal Plan i.e. breakfast and dinner for the duration of the level one training and exam period applies - approx US$20 per day.
  6. Ultimate Plus programs in Japan include level 2 examination costs. For Ultimate Plus programs in Verbier compulsory level 2 exam costs of US$1000 applies.
  7. The arrival city orientation is compulsory for international trainees.

Internship run down

Ultimate Internship outline

Ultimate Plus Internship outline

Dual Internship Outline

ARRIVAL CITY ORIENTATION

On arrival to your destination country you will be met by an EA On Ground Representative. For Canada it is Vancouver or Calgary, United States - San Francisco, New Zealand - Queenstown, Switzerland - Geneva and for Japan it’s Tokyo. After transferring to your hotel, evening one kicks off with a social catch up where you will get to meet the other course participants. The next day you get to explore the city, see the local sights and organise any required essentials. Then it’s time to jump on a plane, bus or train and head to your training resort!

RESORT ARRIVAL ORIENTATION

When you arrive at your allocated resort you will get a bit of time to settle into your accommodation. When you first get there we’ll run you through the program outline including goals and training objectives. We’ll take you around for a ski resort orientation where you can check out the scenery. You’ll meet your ski & board school trainers and also collect your season passes. We’ll also hold gear information sessions and there’ll be an opportunity to purchase any required equipment. On one of the evenings we hold a fun social event where you can get to know everyone a little better. Before you start the training we take you for a full day on the snow including a mountain tour and a chance to get your legs back into action. Check out Joe’s blog here to see what Joe got up to at Big White, Canada on the first few days at his resort.

TRAINING BEGINS

Your first training days will be focused around developing your personal ski or board skills both on and off piste. You’ll learn about stance and balance and get an introduction to the core competencies. Training will cover each level of teaching progressions. Indoor sessions will include ‘Leadership Training’ and the ‘Forces in Skiing and Snowboarding’. By the end of this training block you have an understanding of the fundamental skills and the level one course standards. On days off there’ll be an opportunity to practice, consolidate and cover off indoor course materials in study groups.

INSTRUCTOR SKILLS

During your next block of training days you’ll continue to develop your personal ski or board skills. Your trainers will step up the tempo and get you into some more challenging terrain and hopefully to some local powder stashes. You will learn about rotation, edging and cover core competencies in more detail. Indoor sessions will include ‘Student Centered Teaching’ and ‘Developing the Guest Experience’. In your video analysis sessions you’ll cover drills and tactics for improvement. During your days off there’ll be an opportunity to relax and consolidate what you’ve learnt on snow in your own time!

EXAM PREP

Your last block of training days is geared toward getting you ready for the level one exam. You’ll also spend time on developing your level one demonstrations, teaching progressions and practise group teaching scenarios. You also continue to develop your personal ski or board skills on a variety of terrain. Indoor sessions will include ‘Bio-Mechanics’ and ‘Children in Snowsports’. On your days off there’ll be an opportunity for you to shadow a ski & board school lessons and cover off indoor course materials in study groups including the any pre exam written modules.

LEVEL ONE EXAM

The Level One Exam is basically an extension of the training days! The course is fun, informative and a chance to develop your teaching and personal skiing or riding skills even further. The course conductors roll is to assess you, but also to help you reach the level one standard. You’ll get individual and group feedback throughout the exam. At the end of the exam module you should be walking away with a pass result!

START WORKING!

All going well you will start work in time for the busy holiday period. If you are lucky you might get a day or two off after the exam! Your working day will start with attendance at your ski school for ‘lineup’ to teach the morning classes, or full day classes depending on your resort. Then you’re into instructing! Most new instructors teach in the kids ski school. The training you will have received gives you the basic techniques to address different issues, and the more you work the better your eye becomes for spotting problems to correct.

END OF SEASON WRAP-UP

You say your goodbyes to your new life-long mates and plan the next adventure. Is it off to University? Or maybe you've gotten the bug and are lining up a season back at the same resort the next winter! Or maybe you can't wait that long and are off to the other hemisphere to chase that winter! Whatever it is, you'll be reflecting on a winter never to forget :)

NOTES

Note: The above is a general outline - timing and inclusions vary from resort to resort.

INTRODUCTION

The Ultimate Plus program follows the same format as the Ultimate Program initially. During the season you will complete additional training and courses - these will be scheduled at quieter times throughout the remainder season so as not to interfere with work.

ADDITIONAL COACHING

The on snow training is focused on taking your skiing or riding to the next level with the goal of passing the level 2 exam later in the season. A big element of the coaching is all terrain personal development giving you the skills and techniques to ski or ride all over the mountain with ease - Bumps, Carving, Trees, Steeps and Powder! Technical and indoor sessions will cover topics such as ‘Bio-Mechanics’ and the ‘Forces in Skiing and Snowboarding’.

PARK & FREERIDE TRAINING

At resorts with terrain parks and features there will be dedicated training in the park and pipe. Training will cover rails, boxes and terrain features including jumps along with use of half pipes and or quarter pipes. Basic manoeuvres are explored as well as some fundamental tricks. You will also learn how to teach and coach the approach, take off, manoeuvres and landing on all features. For those who have a passion for park and pipe there is the opportunity to take a formal Park Certification course. At resorts without terrain parks your training will be focused on big mountain skiing or riding.

AVALANCHE SAFETY COURSE

The avalanche safety course provides an invaluable two day introduction to safety in the backcountry. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of avalanche formation and to develop your observation skills. Half of the time is focused on theory in the classroom and the other half is based on snow. You will learn how to recognise potential avalanche conditions, how differing snow pack conditions affect avalanche danger and how to choose safe routes in the backcountry. You will also learn rescue techniques and how to use various rescue tools such as beacons and probes.

FIRST AID COURSE

The first aid course teaches practical skills about how to manage a range of medical and accident emergencies. The course provides an excellent assessment standard that ensures you feel confident about providing first aid when needed. The course will teach you about scene assessment, safety, identifying hazards in the workplace, medical conditions and ways to manage a range of possible emergencies including burns, poisoning, soft tissue injuries, head and spinal injuries, eye injuries, chest injuries, chest pain (such as heart attacks) and major incidents. This is an excellent course and is an invaluable tool for those working in the ski or snowboard industry.

LEVEL TWO EXAM

The Level Two Exam focuses on the skills and knowledge required to teach advanced level skiers or snowboarders. The exam format varies depending on country but will include a teaching module along with a skiing or snowboarding module. The practical experience gained from working throughout the season makes completing this exam very achievable. Before enrolling in the level 2 exam please discuss your ability level as compared against the required standard with your trainers to establish what other requirements must also be completed.

NOTES

Note: the above is a general outline - timing and inclusions vary from resort to resort.

INTRO

The Dual Certification Program follows the same format as the Ultimate Program initially. During the season you will complete training in an alternative discipline and other courses - these will be scheduled at quieter times throughout the remainder season so as not to interfere with work. 

ALTERNATIVE DISCIPLINE COACHING

This coaching gives you the opportunity to get your level one certification in an alternative discipline. The training will be very similar in nature and format to the level one training in the Ultimate Program. There is a degree of cross over the on the teaching side e.g. class handling and terrain use, so training will be more focused towards developing your own skiing or riding skills. Later in the season you will sit the level one exam so you have the opportunity to finish your season being able to teach both skiing and snowboarding!

PARK & FREERIDE TRAINING

At resorts with terrain parks and features there will be dedicated training in the park and pipe. Training will cover rails, boxes and terrain features including jumps along with use of half pipes and or quarter pipes. Basic manoeuvres are explored as well as some fundamental tricks. You will also learn how to teach and coach the approach, take off, manoeuvres and landing on all features. For those who have a passion for park and pipe there is the opportunity to take a formal Park Certification Course. At resorts without terrain parks your training will be focused on Big Mountain Skiing or Riding.

AVALANCHE SAFETY COURSE

The avalanche safety course provides an invaluable two day introduction to safety in the backcountry. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of avalanche formation and to develop your observation skills. Half of the time is focused on theory in the classroom and the other half is based on snow. You will learn how to recognise potential avalanche conditions, how differing snow pack conditions affect avalanche danger and how to choose safe routes in the backcountry. You will also learn rescue techniques and how to use various rescue tools such as beacons and probes.

FIRST AID COURSE

The first aid course teaches practical skills about how to manage a range of medical and accident emergencies. The course provides an excellent assessment standard that ensures you feel confident about providing first aid when needed. The course will teach you about scene assessment, safety, identifying hazards in the workplace, medical conditions and ways to manage a range of possible emergencies including burns, poisoning, soft tissue injuries, head and spinal injuries, eye injuries, chest injuries, chest pain (such as heart attacks) and major incidents. This is an excellent course and is an invaluable tool for those working in the ski or snowboard industry.