Great instructing is what we always try to provide to our customers. It creates better experiences for them, increases your repeat requests, improves safety, and generates positive social media. An important part of our innovative teaching system is called "Visible Skiing Moves" that replaces the natural moves people use when skiing.
There were five 90 minute indoor clinics for ski instructors on Sundays at 11am until 12:30pm October 22 and 29 and November 5, 12, and 19. Thanks to those who attended.
1-There will be outdoor clinics to go over what was covered at the indoor clinics on December 4-8 from 6-7:30 pm and Sunday December 10 from 10-11:30 am or 1-2:30 pm.
Please sign up to attend one of the clinics and be part of the drawing for a season pass- here
There is an online part of the clinic which is reading and answering the 15 question reviews near the bottom of the "What to Teach" page.
2- For those teaching student lessons, please attend a one-hour clinic on one of the following dates: December 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20 from 7-8:30 pm. Teaching a student lesson pays the same as teaching a private lesson, and you are guaranteed six weeks of pay. You will work with the same group, and they will usually progress from the carpet in the first evening. There will be team teaching to start the green lessons.
3- For those teaching Kindersparks and Superstars, please attend a 90 minute clinic Saturday December 16, 10-11:30am. These are six weeks with the same group. Or you could teach a one-time beginner Kindersparks lesson each weekend. Sign up here- Superstars
4- For those teaching Discover Michigan, please attend a one-hour clinic Saturday, December 16, 1-2 pm. These are different students each week and the program is four weeks long.
The clinic signups for the outdoor clinics- Discover
With Jeff, Andy, David Lydy, Pete Buckmaster, and Eric Suran. On snow teaching, feedback, and interacting to improve our teaching. Meet once a week in December. Sign up if you can make all four weeks - Ultra Training They supplement and do not count as the outdoor clinic.
After the hiring clinic, first year instructors will begin a process of teaching each other and providing feedback.
Depending on your progress and lesson availability, you may begin teaching actual students the fourth week of December. Sign up here
Teaching will be more fun if you constantly strive to improve your teaching. Focus on what customers need rather than having a set plan of what you teach. Progress will be different for every person.
It is important to have fun and build great relationships, but if you teach effective lessons, there is a better chance they will want to become skiers.
Constantly evaluate how your students are doing. Are they having fun, or are they bored because you are going too slow? Are you going too fast and creating fear? If you can't tell, ask them and encourage them to let you know what they want.
By going at the proper pace, you will give them the skills they need to handle more challenging terrain, remember "turns before terrain." It is easy be become frustrated and head to a bigger hill when the student is not making progress, so it is important to know what to look for and how to fix it.
Great teaching takes a combination of confidence, energy, a fun attitude, self-awareness, attention to your students needs, physical ability, and knowledge to respond to the unique physical and emotional needs of each student. You may also have to shape their expectations by helping them understand that improving is a process that will take time and practice.
When you get returning customers, keep notes of what you did and what you want to work on for the next time. Always seek to improve your teaching and review every lesson for what went well or could have been done better.
We have a strong emphasis on teaching beginners because it takes a lot of knowledge and skill to teach great beginner lessons. You can have a big impact on someone, giving them a lifetime of fun and adventure.
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