If you are working with more skilled athletes, both on artificial slopes and within a club in mountains then you can consider the UKCP Coach Level 2 Alpine Award.
Trainee coaches will have experience of course setting in slalom, giant slalom and speed events in a mountain environment. The course is very practical with candidates taking part in a number of activities.
This award has the following core components:
- The UKCP Level 2 training course, this is delivered at a mountain ski area and takes 6 days. On successful completion of this unit, and subject to registration and CRB checking you are granted Level 2 Trainee status. To be given licenced status you will have to:
- Complete a distance learning workbook.
- Pass a Level 2 Assessment. Some Level 2 Assessments are conducted one on one at a time of your choosing. Other candidates prefer to be assessed together with a group of colleagues. You will be expected to show that you can run a safe coaching session and that your personal skiing is adequate. You must be able to carve clean track turns on steep red piste at speed while showing good positive posture and control in both slalom and giant slalom turns prior to attending. Students must be physically fit and will be expected to take part in physically demanding activities.
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and hold Level 1 Performance UKCP trainee status, or apply for recognition of a non UK coaching 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
- Attend an appropriate update course every three years.