Telemark Level 2 Instructor

AWARD SUMMARY

The Level 2 Telemark Instructor award is gained on successful completion of approved Level 2 training and assessment courses in both Alpine and Telemark disciplines, led by Tutors or Senior Tutors in each discipline.  The award qualifies Instructors to work at artificial slopes within the UK, with a range of skiers from beginners to advanced, for example those able to show continuously linked parallel and Telemark turns.  A Level 2 Telemark Instructor is authorized to operate at a local artificial ski centre, which may be operated by clubs, local government, or the private sector.

Level 2 Telemark Instructors should demonstrate a sound understanding of the sport and sufficient information and experience to introduce skiers to the sport, to provide foundations for further progress and to take recreational skiers forward in developing their skills and versatility. They will possess a competent grasp of both skiing and teaching and will have wide relevant knowledge.  They will have sufficient ability and knowledge in all the areas below to enable them to work with recreational skiers at all levels on artificial ski slopes.  It is expected that candidates will be able to demonstrate a higher level of skill compared to Level 1, within the skiing and teaching roles specified for the award.

 

Level 2 Training and Assessment Courses

Training and assessment for the Level 2 Telemark Instructor award constitutes a five-day pathway programme: this includes, first, successful completion of the UKSS Alpine Level 2 Instructor award (unless equivalent is already held), and subsequent Level 2 Telemark training and assessment.  Holders of equivalent Alpine awards may apply to the awarding body for accreditation of prior learning and qualification.

The Alpine training course lasts for a minimum of 14 hours or two days, and may be delivered over a single weekend or a series of shorter sessions, with a further one day`s examination to complete the Alpine assessment.  The Telemark training course lasts for one day, followed by a one-day assessment.  Courses in both disciplines are delivered by local tutors at local artificial ski centres.

The training courses in both disciplines will cover:

·         the candidate`s personal skiing performance

·         the fundamentals of Alpine or Telemark skiing

·         the fundamentals of working with recreational skiers from beginner to advanced standard, to build the foundations of further learning

·         planning and delivering safe and enjoyable sessions

 

Prerequisites for Level 2 Instructor training

Aspirants should:

·       have successfully completed Level 1 Alpine and Telemark Instructor courses, or equivalent

·         be registered with a UKSS Snowsport member body

·         hold a current first aid certificate

·         hold a current Enhanced DBS check

 

Working towards accreditation

At the end of their Level 2 training courses candidates will be given an action plan which will assist in their personal and professional development. In addition to working on any points identified in their action plan candidates will be required to:

·         complete a minimum of 20 hours of ski centre activity (“workplace training”), split between 10 hours of Alpine and 10 hours of Telemark under the guidance of a suitable mentor

 

Level 2 Accreditation

The assessments follow the training sections for each discipline and will include:

·         teaching assignment - candidates will be asked to instruct their peers at their own level of skiing

·         skiing assessment

·         completion of logbook showing fulfilment of Level 2 training courses, first aid certificate, current registration with a UKSS Snowsport member body, current CRB and a minimum of 20 hours of workplace training

Observation and analysis of Telemark technique will be examined in a similar format to the Level 2 Alpine assessment.

 

Skiing Level 2

Level 2 Telemark Instructors must satisfy the following criteria whether skiing Alpine and Telemark turns, using free-heel equipment.   

Level 2 Telemark Instructors must be able to ski all areas of artificial ski slopes demonstrating appropriate posture, consistent balance and control of speed and direction of travel.   Demonstrations must display an “understandable picture” of the technical elements of skiing suitable for all recreational skiers, from novice to advanced.

In all aspects of their skiing, the skier’s skis/feet/legs will turn more than and before the skier’s pelvis and torso.

The Instructor will show, overall, within the extended range of skiing tasks for Level 2 Telemark Instructors as specified below:

 

·         Show continuous linked rhythmical turning

·         Make adjustments to their speed of travel by controlling the shape of a turn

·         Maintain a balanced, appropriate posture throughout a series of turns

·         Demonstrate an appropriate blend of the fundamental elements of skiing [pressure control, steering, edge control and balancing]

·         Show a variety of turn sizes and shapes in a series of turns

·         Remain balanced and in appropriate posture whilst performing common tasks and demonstrations

·         When demonstrating common skiing tasks the instructor will paint an understandable and achievable picture for their skiers to copy

·         Show strong dynamic skiing with an ability to support against their outside ski before it crosses the fall line

·         Respond and react to signals from the examiners and react as appropriate.

 

Level 2 Telemark Instructor

Alpine Skiing Tasks

In a Level 2 skiing assessment, the Instructor must be able to complete the following tasks using free-heel equipment: ploughing, plough-steering, plough parallel and parallel turning.  In all aspects of skiing the candidate will show appropriate movements in motion and sound posture. 

Ploughing and Plough-steering — the candidate will show a series of linked, steered plough turns.  The candidate will show:

·         balanced posture and body alignment (and therefore the absence of inappropriate upper body movements)

·         appropriate size and shape of plough, which should be consistent through the series of turns.   Speed should be controlled through turn shape rather than the size of the plough.  Movements in motion will be smooth and appropriate

Plough Parallel — the candidate will show a smooth development of plough steering to parallel skiing.  The skis will match as a result of a progressive increase in speed of travel and tempo of turning, causing the outside ski to support the skier progressively earlier in each arc.   

Parallel Turning — the candidate will demonstrate a series of rhythmical, continuously linked parallel turns with appropriate use of poles.  The examiners will require the candidates to illustrate versatile skiing and parallel skiing at a variety of speeds, turns and sizes/amplitudes from short to long radius. 

 

 

The following tasks are examples of additional exercises that the examiner may request Level 2 candidates to perform to demonstrate versatility and adaptability:

·         from a steep descent skid to a halt

·         a free run

·         [parallel] skiing around offset markers/mini rapid gates

 

Telemark Skiing Tasks

Level 2 Telemark Instructors must demonstrate a versatile and adaptable approach to completing tasks that focus on posture, lead changes and parallel turns.

Telemark posture — the candidate must demonstrate the ability to balance, adapt and adjust body movements whilst reacting appropriately to changing situations.  These may be determined by factors such as control of speed and direction combined with the rate and range of movements required. 

Lead changes — the candidate must show an understanding of the varied use of different types of lead change, and the ability to perform them appropriately.  Movements in motion will be smooth and appropriate

Linked Parallel Turns — the candidate will demonstrate a series of rhythmical, continuously linked parallel turns with appropriate use of poles.  The examiners will require the candidates to illustrate versatile skiing and parallel skiing at a variety of speeds, turns, and sizes/amplitudes from short to long radius. The following tasks are examples of additional exercises that the examiner may request Level 2 candidates to perform to demonstrate versatility and adaptability

·         From a steep descent skid to a halt in a Telemark stance

·         A free run of Telemark skiing

·         [parallel] Telemark skiing around offset markers/mini rapid gates

 

Teaching Level 2

Level 2 Telemark Instructors will work with skiers from complete novices to advanced skiers, including those ready to specialise in their skiing.  They will be able to teach the Telemark discipline to the personal skiing standard of a Telemark Instructor Level 2.

Level 2 Instructors will demonstrate that they possess a solid foundation of information and experience necessary to be an effective coach for the range of skiers from novice to advanced.  A sound understanding of how to manage the learning environment of groups of different ages and fitness levels is needed.

The Level 2 Telemark Instructor will be assessed by the examiner in delivering a practical coaching session working with peers at their own level of performance, and through discussion and questioning from the examiner.

 

 

Underpinning Knowledge

Knowledge requirements for Level 2 Instructors reflect a practical awareness of general terminology and concepts, and an ability to use these concepts in sessions for beginner through to advanced skiers.  Decision making and lesson content may follow pre-planned options determined by the club or ski slope, but the Level 2 Instructor will be able to think creatively, responding to the needs of their skiers. 

 

The Level 2 Instructor will be able to:

Background

·         define and explain wider skiing terminology

·         identify equipment needs for different levels of skiers

·         Categorise the benefits of modern ski designs and advise skiers on how their equipment choices might influence their performance

·         identify common equipment safety issues

·         know and understand the FIS Rules and in particular the Ski-Way Code and discuss how to introduce them when teaching all levels of skier to advanced skiers

·         Identify learning styles and preferences and to discuss examples and how to use them in a lesson

·         Discuss opportunities to create an appropriate learning environment for skiers with differing needs and at different stages of development

Movement Analysis

·         critically observe and analyse general movement patterns amongst all levels of recreational skiers from beginner to advanced

·         identify desired outcomes in all types of skiing situation within the range of operation of the Level 2 award

·         list exercises and tasks which address a student’s needs, the equipment being used, terrain options, etc.

·         discuss their skiers’ posture, movements and balance

·         identify posture, balance, and  effective movements for  advanced skiers

·         understand the fundamental skiing movements of pressure control, edge control, steering and balancing

·         teach an appropriate blending of these movements suited to the needs of all levels of skier to advanced

·         create an activity/task-list appropriate to the needs of their skiers

Session Delivery

·         teach the skiing public from beginner to  advanced and provide sound foundations for further learning

·         demonstrate an ability to develop a relationship of trust between instructor and students

·         identify a progression based on the needs of students specific to the Instructor’s slope.  Handle a group based on group energy levels, conditions, safety and lesson content

·         Create an appropriate learning environment that  will maximize opportunities for safety, enjoyment and further learning

·         identify the components of good skiing

·         Respond to the needs of specific skiers

 

Tutors and examiners for the Level 2 Telemark Award

The assessment will be the responsibility of a Senior Tutor, who will hold a Level 4 Coach Award in both Alpine and Nordic disciplines.    The Level 2 assessor is a senior appointment within the scheme.

Tutors have three options in assessing the candidates for this Award:

·         Pass - when all aspects of the assessment have been approved

·         Deferral - when one or more aspects of the assessment have to be retaken

·         Fail - when the candidate has to repeat all aspects of both the Training and Assessment Course components of the course.

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