The Level 3 Coach
Award trains and licences candidates to work with a skiers on a long term basis at a local ski centre, planning and modifying a programme rather than just delivering individual lessons.
More experienced instructors often make the transition from instructing to coaching. They work with the same skiers over an extended period, planning, developing and modifying a programme rather than just delivering a single lesson. A level 3 coach is an experienced instructor or coach whose high levels of skill and knowledge allow them to make a significant contribution to the growth of both their skiers and their club or organisation. A level 3 coach is able to put together knowledge from a variety of sources and apply it to their coaching. A level 3 coach can make adjustments to their session plans and is able to modify session content responding to any challenge.
Level 3 coaches demonstrate a high level of understanding of all aspects of the sport. The award is intended for use only at indoor snow slopes and artificial ski slopes within the UK.
A level 3 coach is authorised to work on a long term basis with skiers ranging from complete novice, to skiers who are able to show continuously linked parallel turning and to work with those seeking further specialisation, usually club members or those working towards becoming coaches and instructors themselves. It is envisaged that a level 3 coach is likely to make a significant contribution to the development of new coaches.
This award has three core components:
- The Level 3 training course. This may be delivered at a local ski centre or in a mountain environment. The course will last for a minimum of 35 hours or 5 days it may be delivered over a series of weekends, or in shorter sessions.
- Complete a coaching portfolio which shows the candidates work undertaken with skiers over a period of several months
- Verified completion of an individual action plan given at the end of the training course
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and be licenced as a Level 2 instructor. Candidates with current, non Snowsport England instructing qualifications may apply to have their award recognised exempting them from the requirement to hold the Level 2 award.
To be licenced all coaches and instructors must also:
- Be registered with Snowsport England
- Hold an appropriate first aid certificate
- Have completed a Criminal Record check, now known as a DBS check
- Have attended a safeguarding children course
- Every three years you are required to attend an appropriate course to update and refresh their qualification. In the case of the level 3 award that can be attendance at the annual coaching conference or attendance of the level 4 training course.