Telemark Coaching Awards

TELEMARK COACHING AWARDS

Coaching Award Scheme Summary

Levels 1 & 2 are ‘dual awards’ and qualify our Instructors to teach both Telemark and Alpine skiing within the confines and remit of the awards at Artifical/Snow dome facilities in the UK.

It is very useful to note the underpinning approach to skiing standards for these awards. The Level 1 & 2 Instructors will have passed both the UKSS Alpine Levels 1 & 2 and the SSE Telemark Levels 1 & 2 Awards. Level 1 instructors will aspire to the Level 2 standard which is viewed as ‘versatile skilful skiing’ in a ‘closed environment’ at Artifical/Snowdome ski slopes.

The Level 3 standard and expectation is for the same understandable picture of technical versatile skilful at Level 2 but now skiing and ‘leading’ groups in an ‘open Alpine environment’, i.e. an often unpredictable, hazardous, Alpine environment in complex ski resorts at home and abroad.

The Level 4 standard and expectation is for our coaches to be totally ‘adaptable’ and capable of making appropriate terrain choice to both ‘lead’ and ‘coach’ groups in this ‘open’ Alpine environment in complex ski resorts at home and abroad.

In essence the Level 2 standard of skiing is at the ‘core’ of all 4 awards. Once a skier has achieved the required technical standard of skiing at Level 2, the main difference between Levels 2, 3 and 4 will be the ability of the skier to first lead (Level 3) and ultimately to both lead and coach groups (Level 4) in increasing more difficult and challenging mountainous terrain. Skiers wishing to aspire to Level 4 will require a wide range of experience and underpinning knowledge to work and coach groups of skiers at home and abroad.

Below are listed each of the 4 Levels of the Telemark Instructing and coaching awards which are all downloadable.

Level 1 Instructor

You're the sort of person that loves Telemarking and you want to put something back by passing on your skills to others. The Level 1 award allows to do this with beginner skiers at your local ski club. Level 1 instructors can teach skiers from their first lesson up to parallel turning. When you achieve this award you not only get the SSE Telemark Award but you also gain the UKSS Alpine Award which you can use at any slope.

Many Level 1 instructors offer instruction to first time skiers and they get a real buzz from seeing the progress that they make thanks to them. This could be you too.

The level 1 award also provides younger instructors with important life skills such as expanding the ways in which you communicate and interact with people. These life skills are invaluable and will benefit you at work or if you are looking for work.

The Requirements

This award has these core components:

The Level 1 Alpine training course, this is delivered at a local ski centre and takes a minimum of 2 days or 14 hours.

The Telemark training course lasts for one day and the assessment for both Alpine and Telemark disciplines takes place on the same day.

Further workplace training. This involves you working with a mentor – a more experienced instructor or coach to help you to develop your skiing and coaching abilities.

*In most circumstances candidates for Telemark Level 1 are expected to be 18 years of age or older. However a young persons’ Alpine training course has been developed for young people actively involved in skiing and sport. These courses can be attended by candidates of 14-16 years of age. Candidates are given a certificate to confirm their ‘trained’ status and can present themselves for the Alpine assessment after they reach 16 years of age.

Further Requirements

To attain your SSE licence you need to:

  • be at least 18 years old*
  • be registered with a SSE Member Body
  • 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 refresh your award. In the case of the level 1 award that can be a one day refresher course or a level 2 training course.

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Level 2 Instructor

Once you have completed your Level 1 dual UKSS Alpine and SSE Telemark Award and you’ve gained some experience, then you can consider the Level 2 award. Like Level 1, the Level 2 Telemark Award is also a 2 in 1 award. You gain the UKSS Alpine Award as well as a SSE Telemark Award.

Level 2 Telemark Instructors are committed Telemark skiers able to work with beginners right up to advanced skiers. They demonstrate a sound understanding of both Telemark and Alpine skiing on free heel skis as well as sufficient information and experience necessary to introduce people to Telemark skiing, to provide foundations for further learning and to take skiers forwards, developing their skill and versatility. The award is intended for use only at snowdomes and artificial ski slopes within the UK. These ski centres may be operated by clubs, local government or the private sector.

A Level 2 Telemark Instructor is authorized to work with skiers ranging from complete novice to skiers who are able to show continuously linked parallel Alpine turns and Telemark turns. Telemark Level 2 Instructors are already versatile skiers because they can do everything asked of an Alpine Level 2 skier but on free heel skis.

The Requirements

This award has a five-day pathway programme:

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 and the assessment for both Alpine and Telemark disciplines takes place on the same day.

Further workplace training. This involves you working with a mentor – a more experienced instructor or coach to develop your skiing and coaching abilities.

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and be licenced as a Level 1 instructor. Holders of equivalent Alpine awards may apply to the awarding body for accreditation of prior learning and qualification. Candidates with current, non Snowsport England instructing qualifications may apply to have their award recognised exempting them from the requirement to hold the Level 1 award.

Further Requirements

To attain your SSE licence you need to:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be registered with a SSE Member Body
  • 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 2 award that can be a one day refresher course or a level 3 training course.

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Level 3 Coach

More experienced instructors often make the transition from instructing to coaching.

A level 3 Telemark 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. A level 3 Telemark coach is able to put together knowledge from a variety of sources and apply it to their coaching. It is envisaged that a level 3 Telemark coach is likely to make a significant contribution to the development of new coaches.

A Level 3 SSE Telemark Coach will be a competent and versatile skier adept at using the wide variety of both Alpine and Telemark turns that are available when skis have free heels.

Whereas holders of the Levels 1 and 2 SSE Telemark Instructor awards are qualified to teach only on indoor and artificial slopes within the UK, Levels 3 SSE Telemark Coaches are entitled to operate both in the UK and on snow at complex ski resorts abroad. Holders of the Level 3 Telemark award are not qualified to coach groups of skiers outside the UK but they are qualified to lead groups of skiers on snow abroad in accordance with key conditions of the “Coaches Protocol”:

  • while skiing within recognised and pisted areas of a ski resort
  • while skiing with groups of skiers with whom they already have a working relationship through fellow-membership of an affiliated HNGB or UKSS Snowsport member organisation

The Level 3 award is a first step towards qualifying coaches to work on snow in a mountain environment, outside the confines of indoor and artificial slopes. It is also a main staging post towards the Level 4 award and the IVSI licence. The Level 3 award is designed to provide sound preparation to work and lead in the mountain environment and as such develops well rounded experienced coaches to work with skiers in the UK artificial ski slope environment.

The Level 3 SSE Telemark Coach is gained on successful completion of an approved Level 3 training and assessment course.

The Requirements

  • The six day Level 3 training and assessment course takes place on piste at a mountain ski resort and comprises four “core strands”: personal skiing skills, coaching skills, leadership skills and mountain skills. Practical assessment will take place throughout the six days and will be clearly identified as assessment sessions distinct from notified training sessions. Evening sessions will develop and focus on underpinning knowledge of the four “core stands” to support and enable a transfer of theory into practice.
  • provide evidence of at least six weeks skiing experience in complex ski resorts
  • Complete a coaching portfolio which shows the candidates work undertaken with skiers over a period of several months

Candidates must be licensed 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.

Further Requirements

To attain your SSE licence you need to:

  • be registered with a SSE Member Body
  • 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.

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Level 4 Coach

The role of the Level 4 Telemark Coach is to engage and progress the personal development of SSE club skiers, at all levels at home and abroad. This may include coaching SSE members abroad under IVSI protocols. With a current IVSI licence the Level 4 Coach is authorized to operate world-wide, subject to IVSI protocols.

A Level 4 Coach is therefore a person whose high levels of skill, experience and knowledge enable them to contribute significantly to the development of their skiers and their club or organisation. He or she can synthesize knowledge from various sources, develop it further and apply it creatively to their coaching to take the sport and their skier candidates forward. They can organise and adapt their short and long term coaching planning to respond to any challenges. Level 4 Telemark Coaches are likely to have a role in the training and monitoring of the next generation of coaches.

Assessment will require the individual to demonstrate the appropriate level of skill to fulfil the practical skiing and coaching standards specified for assessment below. With the Level 4 award, the Coach is entitled to work with skiers at all levels of development including those seeking specialization in competition or coaching.

The Requirements

This award has the following core components:

  • The Level 4 training course. This may only be delivered in a mountain environment. The course will last for a minimum of 6 days.
  • submit a coaching portfolio to the Telemark Senior Tutor that includes athlete profiling, covering a minimum period of 6 months. The portfolio will be marked and reviewed by a senior tutor.

Further Requirements

To attain your SSE licence you need to:

  • be registered with a SSE Member Body
  • Hold an appropriate first aid certificate
  • Have completed a Criminal Record check, now known as a DBS check
  • Have attended a safeguarding children course
  • the candidate must apply and book on a Level 4 training course via the SSE Telemark Coaching Administrator

Every three years you are required to attend an appropriate course to update and refresher their qualification. In the case of the level 4 award that will usually be attendance at an annual coaching conference

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