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Our adaptive team are responsible for training and certifying all Australian adaptive snowsport instructors.

Here you can browse the different courses and exams that will help you on the path to becoming an adaptive instructor.

NEW FOR 2020! The APSI Adaptive certification is getting a upgrade for the 2020 season.  Now with 4 levels, the adaptive qualification is aimed at experienced instructors looking to expand their teaching repertoire and meet the demands of the ever-growing numbers of this market participating in snowsports.

The adaptive courses at all levels are designed to complement the instructor's knowledge of alpine skiing, telemark skiing or snowboarding who would like develop their teaching skills to deliver lessons to people with a wide range of disabilities.

Check out the information below to learn more …

adaptive level 1

Adaptive Level one

Our alpine level one certification is aimed at people who are already certified instructors and interested in entering the adaptive snowsports world for the first time. 

Check out the information below to learn more.

Course

The adaptive course is designed to complement the instructor's knowledge of alpine skiing, telemark skiing or snowboarding. The two-day course covers the basic skills needed to teach the introductory alpine/snowboard/telemark sessions you know to individuals with cognitive and intellectual disabilities as well as teaching those with visual limitations. 

Assessment

The assessment for the Adaptive level one is conducted during the course in a continuous assessment format.

Course & Assessment Prerequisites

  • Be a current member
  • Own the current teaching manual
  • Be employed by an APSI approved snowsports school
  • Hold an APSI lv 1 certificate in either Alpine, Snowboard or telemark. (or international equivalent)

Adaptive Level 2

Adaptive Level Two

Our Adaptive level two qualification is aimed at active Adaptive instructors are teaching both individuals with cognitive and intellectual disabilities as well as individuals with physical disabilities. This qualification is suitable for working or volunteering, adaptive certified level one instructors who wish to improve their skills and advance their teaching career.

Course

The three-day adaptive course is designed to complement the instructor's knowledge of alpine skiing, telemark skiing or snowboarding and the training will help prepare for the adaptive assessment and future lessons. The course will introduce the basic skills needed for instructing people with physical disabilities. The course covers the skills needed to teach beginner individuals with physical disabilities up to linked turns and continue to deliver lessons to all people with any disability.

Course Prerequisites

  • Be a current member
  • Own the current teaching manual
  • Currently working for an APSI approved snowsport school or volunteer with DWA
  • Passed all units of the Adaptive level one exam (or have been approved for RPL)

Exam

The adaptive level 2 exam is conducted in a continuous assessment format. The one-day exam utilises both the station assessment type for skiing and demonstration tasks and the group scenario assessment type for teaching tasks. The theory paper is delivered online in the days preceding the on-snow exam.


Exam Prerequisites

  • Be a current member
  • Own the current teaching manual
  • Have completed all units of the adaptive level two course
  • Have a minimum of 30 hours teaching experience
  • Have completed a minimum of 10 hours in-house training with an APSI approved snowsport school (in addition to the course)

Adaptive Level 3

Adaptive Level Three

Our Adaptive level three qualification is aimed at the teaching individuals with any disability to an intermediate standard.  This qualification is suitable for experienced, working, Adaptive level two certified instructors who would like to teach more advanced progressions.

Course

The five-day course covers the skills needed to teach intermediate lessons for both individuals with physical disabilities and those with cognitive and intellectual disabilities.  This includes sit skiing (piloted, tethered and independent), guiding individuals with visual impairments, as well as introducing guests to situational skiing.

The course covers topics such as; class handling, safety, technical information, skier analysis, skiing and demonstrating ability all based around the performance of steering and carving as used in the Australian teaching system.

Course Prerequisites

  • Be a current member
  • Own the current teaching manual
  • Currently working for an APSI approved snowsport school
  • Passed all units of the adaptive level two exam (or have been approved for RPL)
  • Have a minimum of one full-time season of adaptive instructing experience

Exam

The two-day exam utilises both the station assessment type for skiing and demonstration tasks and the group scenario assessment type for teaching tasks. The theory paper is delivered online in the weeks preceding the on-snow exam.

Exam Prerequisites

  • Have completed all units of the adaptive level three course
  • Have a minimum of 50 hours adaptive teaching experience
  • Have completed a minimum of 25 hours of in-house training with an APSI approved snowsport school (in addition to the course)
Adaptive Level 4

Adaptive Level Four

Our Adaptive level four qualification is aimed at experienced, adaptive level three certified instructors who wish to teach advanced lessons and work towards becoming an adaptive instructor trainer.

The level four qualification is delivered utilising a flexible, modular style of training and assessment.

Course

Candidates wishing to participate in our adaptive level four program are encouraged to contact the adaptive technical director to discuss their eligibility and to set up an individual training program. 

tom.hodges@apsi.net.au

Prerequisites

  • Be a current member
  • Own the current teaching manual
  • Passed all units of the adaptive level three exam (or have been approved for RPL)
  • Have a minimum of two seasons of Adaptive instructing experience 

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