Alpine Snowsport Course Leader

Snowsport England runs a comprehensive training package for teachers who wish to run educational visits abroad. This course is designed to give teachers, youth leaders and other competent persons the skills necessary to organise a snowsport course for groups including young people in recognised ski resorts in the UK and abroad. It does not qualify holders to supervise skiing or to give ski instruction on any surface unless additionally qualified.

This course is designed to shape judgements leading to the responsible leadership and supervision of skiers already known to the holder of the award, whilst skiing within recognised and pisted skiing areas under the 'Coaches Protocol'. Holders of the ASCL award are accredited to lead groups of skiers with whom they have a pre-existing relationship (e.g. fellow members of a recognised club or organisation, youth groups with which they hold leadership qualifications, pupils or students from an educational establishment within which they are employed, etc). Holders of this qualification are not qualified to supervise groups other than those with whom they have a pre-existing relationship, or to give instruction unless otherwise qualified.

The ASCL award must be revalidated on a three yearly basis by attendance at an ASCL Refresher course.

Pre-requisites for Attendance participants must :-

  • be over the age of 21 years
  • hold a currently valid appropriate First Aid Qualification
  • have attended a Snowsport Course Organiser Course
  • have received the ASCL Distance Learning Pack
  • provide evidence of having a minimum of six full weeks skiing on snow
  • be able to ski competently on most terrain in most conditions.

Duration: 6 Days on snow

Assessment: The course is continuously assessed throughout the six days, with the assessment based upon the areas of :-

Sound Leadership - Based on the criteria of sound competent and safe leadership at all times. This will be assessed under practical conditions and by means of oral discussion.

Personal Skiing standard - ASCL's are required to be able to ski efficient parallel turns in all conditions on all terrain. This will be assessed by practical assessment of the candidates skiing both in leadership and party member roles.

Sound knowledge of the material covered in the Distance Learning Workbook - This will be assessed by means of a written examination, which is closed book and may be administered as a home paper or at an appropriate point in the course.

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